A movie trailer has never made me cry. Until now.
I watched the trailer for the upcoming film, ”United 93.” I had to see for myself if it was as gut-wrenching as people are saying. I have the answer. Almost five years later, the trailer for this film evoked the same horror and sadness that the actual events did when I watched them unfold on Sept. 11, 2001.
I cried five years ago when two towers came crashing down and planes fell out of the sky. And I cried now as I watched the same events unfold again. Only this time, all of it was neatly packaged as part of a Hollywood production. But it was as real now as it was then.
And therein lies the rub.
The arguments against the release of ”United 93” go something like this – it’s too soon for a 9/11 movie, the wounds are still too fresh, the film is exploiting a national tragedy.
Some theaters have even stopped showing the trailer. The AMC Lowes Theater on New York City’s Upper West side has pulled the movie trailer from its screens. Too many people were upset after viewing it. This is an understandable reaction – New York City may never heal completely from 9/11.
My argument for the release of ”United 93” goes something like this – it is never going to be the right time for a movie about September 11.
We will never get past the events of 9/11. We cannot put a time frame on getting beyond the grief that took hold of us that day. We can’t say that in another 10 or 15 years the wounds will be less painful, the horror less palpable.
And so I say, if not now, then when?
No one will ever forget what we saw on 9/11, but perhaps this movie will serve as some sort of reminder. I think this movie serves to jolt our own collective memory about what happened five years ago. A reminder that we are not safe, that the war on terror is on going, that we still live under a color-coded terror warning.
This is a necessary movie now because we are, I think, slowly retreating back into the comfortable slumber that we were in before 9/11.
And we cannot let that happen.
And, if nothing else, ”United 93” honors the memory of the 40 passengers and crewmembers who fought back and made the ultimate sacrifice. They are just a handful of heroes from that day and their story needs to be told.
E-mail Traci Curth at firstname.lastname@example.org.