Saturday, April 29, 2006

United 93

Some friends and I are going to see United 93 tonight. Rush interviewed the director and writer of the movie, Paul Greengrass and played excerpts on thursday and friday. Greengrass is a liberal but according to everyone who has seen the movie he gets it right.

To be honest I don't understand the hoopla at all that this movie is being done too soon. If anything I think we've waited too long. Too many people have forgotten what we are up against and what the enemy is willing to do. Amazingly all the critics are giving this movie high ratings and so are the American people who have seen it. But you notice that the MSM keeps pounding the drum that no one will go see this because its too hard. What kind of wimps do they think we are? And I think the MSM and the liberals don't want people to see it. They don't want Americans to be reminded of why this war on terror is so important.

It was interesting. Bill McCuddy and Richard Roeper were talking about the movie on O'Reilly's show and I found myself agreeing more with Roeper. I usually love what McCuddy says but he kept pounding home how difficult the movie was to watch and how people needed to be warned. I understand that sentiment and I realize there may be people who won't be able to see it. But David Beamer (Todd Beamer's dad) wrote an opinion piece talking about how important this movie is and recommended everyone see it to be reminded. I think if the families of the loved ones who died on United 93 can watch it, so can we.

Here are some excerpts from Beamer's very moving editorial:
"Paul Greengrass and Universal set out to tell the story of United Flight 93 on that terrible day in our nation's history. They set about the task of telling this story with a genuine intent to get it right--the actions of those on board and honor their memory. Their extensive research included reaching out to all the families who had lost loved ones on United Flight 93 as the first casualties of this war. And Paul and his team got it right.

There are those who question the timing of this project and the painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal. This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty--the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all.

The passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack against the enemy. This was our first successful counterattack in our homeland in this new global war--World War III.

This film further reminds us of the nature of the enemy we face. An enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve world domination and force a life devoid of freedom upon all. Their methods are inhumane and their targets are the innocent and unsuspecting. We call this conflict the "War on Terror." This film is a wake-up call. And although we abhor terrorism as a tactic, we are at war with a real enemy and it is personal.

There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.

I encourage my fellow Americans and free people everywhere to see "United 93."

Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.

May the taste of freedom for people of the Middle East hasten victory. The enemy we face does not have the word "surrender" in their dictionary. We must not have the word "retreat" in ours. We surely want our troops home as soon as possible. That said, they cannot come home in retreat. They must come home victoriously. Pray for them."

McCuddy was upset because the movie makes you re-live that day. I think we need to re-live that day so we don't forget. I am a movie girl and movies help me process life and even though it will be hard I am looking forward to seeing the movie. I will update this post after I've seen it and tell you what I think.

The movie was very good!! It was very intense and very moving. You did feel like you were viewing the day through the eyes of those on Flight 93 and the Air Traffic Controllers. It was disturbing to see the terrorists constantly praying to Allah. How could you really believe the god you were serving could bless the slaughter of innocent people?

The bravery of the passengers on the plane was impressive. Once they realized that the twin towers had been hit they knew it was a suicide mission and they knew they needed to do something. It amazed me that the terrorists allowed the passengers to make phonecalls and to talk amongst themselves. I think Moussaoui was supposed to be on this flight so they were short one man and they were all pretty young.

I cried a lot at the end as you watched the passengers' struggle to take the plane away from the control of the terrorists. I found myself wishing that they could've gotten to the cockpit sooner. But their courage was inspiring and who knows how many lives they saved by not allowing the plane to hit its target.

I highly recommend it!!

"United 93" No. 2 at box office

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