This weekend marks the release of the first major motion picture about September 11, 2001. I remember talking with my film score friends from different parts of the world during that terrible day. One person mentioned that Jerry Bruckheimer was probably already planning a summer blockbuster to cash in on the attacks. Even the thought was sickening.
Thankfully, United 93 is something out of a completely different ballpark. I’ve read a lot of reviews of the movie (many can be found here, and another one here), and the general consensus is that this is an excellent film, a proper tribute to those who were the first and last line of defense America had on September 11th.
Because we are a mere five years past the tragedy, a lot of people are asking if this movie is “too soon.” Several individuals are saying (rightly so, in my opinion), “It’s not soon enough.” I happened to be in the car coming back from lunch today when NPR did an excellent review of the movie. You can listen to it here.
If I didn’t have to prepare for a wedding this weekend, I’d be heading to the theaters to see it this evening. I might be able to make a mid-afternoon showing on Sunday. At the very latest, I’ll see it Monday night. Needless to say, I’ll post a lengthy review sometime next week.