Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Too Soon

Seriously, I think it's just too soon.

In 30, 20, perhaps even 10 years from now, a movie like this will be important - to remind us what happened, to tell the stories of those who lived through it, and to honor the memory of those who didn't.

However today, 5 years later, there are still people who cannot leave their homes because of it, who cannot work because of it, cannot get on a train, or go into an elevator, or hear a plane fly overhead without feeling fear and panic ... because of it. I think it's too soon for a reminder.

There are 5 year old children who have never met a parent, nor could they possibly understand why - even I don't completely understand why myself. And I think it is wrong of Oliver Stone to exploit it, just as I think its been wrong for "W" to shove this day down our throats, using fear to keep us in line.

The recent threat that occured in the UK at Heathrow is enough to instantly take all of us back to that day. Reports about bombs on planes immediately frighten and immobilize us. Of course, any threat to us on American soil shakes our very faith in man and his capabilities.

Personally, I will not pay money to sit in a theatre for that same feeling, and relive something that we already live over day after day after day.

8 comments:

  1. i agree whole-heartedly. i still get panicky when i see footage during the "retrospectives"...i remember calling friends who worked downtown. i can't imagine sitting through a whole MOVIE about it. our city will never be the same again, ever.it's too f'n soon.

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  2. Please,

    I work down here on Wall Street.

    I don't want to see it.

    I feel exploited. I need a hug.

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  3. Agreed, I lost my uncle in the south tower and was good friends with Marc Bingham from my rugby days. I still find it offensive each year when forced to commemorate the day with loads of remembrance specials and all that crap. Just when I think I've mourned my uncle and Marc I'm slapped back into reality and generally start a few steps back. I'm with you, no way I'm spending money on this one.

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  4. Much too soon to dramatize it, with first-rank Hollywood actors, etc. There was a documentary "9/11" issued shortly after the tragedy, but that was a news piece, not a docu-drama. I hope this movie flops horribly, for the right reasons.

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  5. Dop: On the other hand, 9/11 is a tragedy that we dare not forget. Someone once said that the cost of liberty is eternal vigilance. If that is so, let us never forget. CB

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  6. CB: how could we EVER forget, especially when we're not ALLOWED to forget (and move on)?

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  7. I wholeheartedly agree that it is too soon. I was in DC and almost lost my partner and a good friend and do not need to be reminded of the tragedy that the nation went through that day. I actually dread as 9/11 approaches each year, because every major network has to do some type of retrospective and I am totally against that. I don't think that we need to be constantly reminded of this every year. Maybe every 5 year anniversary, but not every damn year. I refuse to sit down and watch these things because the memory is still fresh enough in my memory without having to be reminded by the media.

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  8. I agree. Just a few days ago, I saw news footage from 9/11 and my stomach turned, much like it did five years ago. I can't imagine what the feeling must be like for New Yorkers.

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