Sunday, April 02, 2006

"Too soon!"

Is it really? I couldn't help but cringe at the thought of comfortable movie-goers shouting out that the trailer for "United 93" was "too soon!" I suppose, if one were to think the worst of them, one could say that they'll never be ready for something like "United 93". Thinking about the event requires discriminating thought, a quality most of us think everybody else has a very short supply of. In other words, "they" are too stupid for words but "we" are not.

All right, I can understand the feeling of disgust that some entertainment corporation is trying to make hay out of this event, like the TV mini-series and documentaries about shootouts at Waco or Ruby Ridge. Of course, those people that were killed at Waco and Ruby Ridge weren't the sympathetic characters that the passengers of United flight 93 were.

"United 93" will prove to be as gut-wrenching as "The Passion of the Christ" I think. And maybe, just maybe, it will prove to have that quality of art that Aristotle said should lead to the catharsis of our "pity and terror." In other words, this movie might serve as a release for that lingering yet still strong pressure on our emotions that we have felt since September 11, 2001.

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