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United 93 trailer promotes strong response

United93_Poster.jpgThere's been some tough reaction to the release of the United 93 trailer in the US, and although there's not been any action yet, you can just gather the wiff of some cinemas refusing to show it.

From Newsweek Entertainment comes the story about the United 93 trailer reactions:

When the trailer played before "Inside Man" last week at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, audience members began calling out, "Too soon!" In New York City, where 9/11 remains an open wound, the response was even more dramatic. The AMC Loews theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side took the rare step of pulling the trailer from its screens after several complaints. "One lady was crying," says one of the theater's managers, Kevin Adjodha. "She was saying we shouldn't have [played the trailer]. That this was wrong ... I don't think people are ready for this."

There's two parts of me on this one. The first part understands the fear and the emotion at replaying events that have scarred many of the people local to those attacks and empathises with those wounds being reopened. Yet there's another part that sees this and still thinks they should be, not just as part of the healing process (for is forgetting and ignoring pain the right way to heal?) but also out of respect for the people who lost their lives during that day. Do they deserve to be forgotten? I for one think not.

Those aboard United 93 apparently carried out heroic acts that we could only dream of doing in a similar situation, doing the right thing for all those lives they knew they were en route to take. How many did they save with their actions, and the voices are calling to hide it, to forget? I really do feel this does those that died a terrible injustice.

Every year we remember those who died in World War II to help save so many and protect Europe, but with modern events we don't want to hear, we don't want to remember.

As I wrote earlier, the Director is keen to point out that he wasn't going to make this film without the full cooperation of all those families who had loved ones on the plane. They agreed, and even participated, wanting the film to go ahead and be made.

Channel 4 showed a programme recently called Falling Man (or something similar) about how those that had jumped from the Towers were being forgotten. It surprised me that the authorities even recognised that no one had jumped. Should we not be delivering these films and instead forget everthing from those events apart from the anger against the perpetrators?

I say these films should go ahead and they should be shown, people can exercise their right not to go and watch them should they feel so inclined. What do you think? Should the trailers or even the films be pulled?





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this has to be a manufactured story, man... i'm not saying it's untrue 100%... just that I've heard tons of stories where something is said about 9/11 and someone calls out "too soon!!!"

and seriously... i think it's about time this story made it to the screen. honestly and in all seriousness, what harm could it do? make heroes out of the people on the plane? would that really be a bad thing?

I'm split on my feelings. On one hand, I feel it might be too soon. Then again it has been more than 4 years, so shouldn't most Americans be ready?

It was a huge tradgey here in the States, but we're not the only victims of insane cruelty. People from around the world died that day and many other countries have experienced far worse tradgies.

I think no matter what you're going to have two sides of feelings. Even if some feel it's too soon, it just might be time to face the tradgey and honor those who were killed.

I was in tower two, for the first time in my life, the night before, 12 hours before it wasn't there anymore, and the next morning I watched it come down with my own eyes. True story. There is some part of me that, understands that it might be too soon, but then I think about it and realize, it will always be too soon for some people, too deep a wound to reopen, even 20 years from now. I have given this a lot of thought, especially in the last few weeks since I first saw the real trailer for it, and I think it is a story that needs to be told, that deserves to be told.

This isn't a film just about 9/11, this is a film about a group of people, who knowingly sacrificed their lives to save some other peoples lives on that day. They deserve to be remembered, and to be honored.

I know this is going to be an extremely emotional film for me, but I'm still looking forward to seeing it, and making sure everyone I know does too.

I agree that it is a story that is waiting to be told and should be told. For people that shout that is it "too soon", well, no one will be holding a gun to your head forcing you to watch the movie. If YOU think it is too soon, then YOU have the choice to see it or not to see it.

I do think that in regards to the trailers, that perhaps they should put disclaimers up stating that an upcoming trailer is for a film that some my find disturbing. This will give people the chance to leave or close their eye's and plug their ears.

I'm not sure if there is any thing set up by the stuido to funnel some of the proceeds from the movie to 9/11 based charities. But I think that would go along way to defusing the argument that no one should make exhoribitant ammounts of money for the deaths from that day.

Some people just hold on to grief for the sake of it, others because they can't let go. If they stopped to consider what those on board sacrificed, rather than what those left lost, then grief surely is replaced with pride?

Too soon? Not a chance. Although Glen makes a bloody good point about charitable donations, something I had pondered myself.

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