ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

So I Saw United 93

It's harrowing, and extremely well-made.

See it.

8 Comments:

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Shawna said...

All I can say is "ditto".

It is a remarkable film, and an intense, emotional experience.

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I'm going to see it soon, hopefully this week. Had to take the kiddies to see The Wild, which was as tired & lame as you'd expect.

 
At 12:22 AM, Anonymous George said...

The most visceral experience I've had in a theater since...ever. Truly gut-wrenching and life-affirming at the same time. It demonstrates how unbelievably precious every minute was that morning when those directly involved were trying to deal with what was happening. Trying to do their best based on the protocols they had.

And, meanwhile, our President -- the Commander in Chief -- let seven minutes pass while he sat doing nothing.

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Random Brandon said...

I didn't comment on your first blog, because I wanted to comment on the movie after I saw it. I saw it tonight and...

...It didn't feel like a movie to me. I wasn't directly connected to the main areas, New York, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but watching this I felt more connected. I don't know if I am conveying this they way I hope, but it was amazing. I cried. I totally support this film and anyone who chooses to see it.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Belzecue said...

http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline

(don't worry if the URL extends beyond the righthand border. Just triple-click on it to highlight the entire string then copy it to clipboard and paste into your browser address box)

Folks, the link above is a mind-blowing piece of research. It's a complete timeline leading up to and including 9-11. And I do mean complete -- it is enormously detailed. I spent four or five hours reading non-stop when I came upon it many months ago. I have not seen the film, but this factual blow-by-blow account had me riveted to my chair, eyes glued to to my monitor, page after page.

It tracks events for each plane, and I remember being horrified to read the particular events of United 93. I was left with a sense that the passengers got *very* close to saving the plane (getting into the cockpit). Who knows if they could have landed it. Their struggle to survive, as told in that written account, is humbling and heart-wrenching.

You will probably want to skip ahead to that fateful day. How about 6am, September 11:

http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&startpos=1000

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Cathy Krasnianski said...

I just can't bring myself to go and see it. Not yet. It's still too soon for me, and I still weep when I remember, so I do my best not to.

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous cwmagee said...

See it? Why? So that I can start having nightmares everytime I smell burnt metal again? No thanks.

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Vince DC said...

Gripping and gut-wrenching is all I can say. Politics has nothing to do with this cinematic achievement. Greengrass is a very talented director.

 

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