Posted by: ckckred | September 6, 2011

Remembering 9/11

When 9/11 happened almost 10 years ago, people didn’t know how to react, much less Hollywood.  TV producers found a way to respect the victims with Jon Stewart’s famous post-9/11 speech, and even South Park found its way to respect them while mocking Bin Laden and Stevie Nicks.

Movie producers, however, have not been so successful.  Take 2002’s The Guys, a film about a NYFD captain who struggles with the events of 9/11.  Producer Jason Kliot thought the movie to help U. S. audiences in a time of healing.  But the movie bombed and quickly left theaters, shortly after the invasion of Iraq happened in 2003.

Take also 2007’s Reign Over Me, a film starring Adam Sandler (in a surprising serious role) who is traumatized by the death of his family.  Similarly to The Guys, the movie couldn’t find an audience, and left theaters shortly.

There have been films such as World Trade Center (2006) or United 93 (2006) that managed to do well, but there has been no huge blockbuster in theaters.  Audiences usually don’t cope well with sensitive topics.

Audiences will not see much of 9/11 in movies this month, but TV is airing many specials.  For the next few weeks, the schedules are filled with documentaries and stories of the attacks and bombings.

There are many great stories about the brave policemen and firefighters who went to save lives.  We cannot forget about that.

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  1. You are so right. I think people go to movies to be entertained. 9/11 is still very fresh in the minds of many, so might find it a difficult subject to watch. I wonder if years from now this will be a frequent topic in books and movies much as the Holocaust is. These topics are more easily accepted on tv for now.


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