Are we ready for a movie about September 11th? According to The Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, we are. If you're not living under a rock, you've no doubt heard of this movie. Emotional, critically acclaimed, "fact-based." A lot of people don't think we're ready for a movie demonstrating exactly what happened on the fateful day America changed. I'm one of those people.
It seems much too expeditious to even think about a movie about 9/11 that goes right towards people's emotions, in my humble opinion. It has only been five years. Five years. I might seem too judgmental when it comes to this, but the timing just seems too close for me. In my mind, I can see Paul Greengrass going to Universal with his wonderful little script and absolutely fantastic credentials, and good old Jeff Immelt (CEO of General Electric, which owns Universal) almost wetting himself thinking about the profits. "Hollywood? Using shock value?" you ask me. Yes. Hollywood uses shock value for profits, don't 'cha know. Lots of it. And turning America's biggest nightmare in twenty years into an action movie? Even better!
This whole thing wouldn't piss me off so much if they weren't using a director like Paul Greengrass, whose specialty is action movies. It also wouldn't piss me off so much if they weren't relying on made-up "facts." They don't know what went on in that plane. They have no idea. Unless, when the victims were calling their families, the person on the other line actually dropped down and took notes, I don't buy that this is a fact-based story.
The one up side of this movie is it's on a limited budget. It only cost fifteen million dollars to make it, although, keep in mind there isn't a single well-known actor in the movie. That way they can keep it more real. You know, because we never would have believed it otherwise.