Movies and Books
We saw the movie “United 93” the other evening. Every American should see it. It should be shown in schools. I think people need to see that film. They need to put a face to jihadists. To the crazy people who are trying to [alternately] rule or destroy the world.
I had an interesting physical response to the movie. Of course, like everyone else, I knew how the story ended. I knew what happened on the plane. But from the minute the film began, my palms were sweaty, my heart raced and I found myself holding my breath at various points in the movie. Tears filled my eyes when the planes hit the WTC and I felt like I did that day in Manhattan waiting for the next plane to hit... the next shoe to drop. I thought, man, if I feel like this early in the film, how the heck am I going to endure the latter scenes that had been described as intense and overwhelming? With my hand firmly wrapped around the hubby's arm and a few deep breaths, I got through it.
If you have hesitated to see the film, I urge you to see it. It is riveting and well done. Yes, it is emotional and intense, but only in its unflinching portrayal of the things that went wrong... and the things that went right. I hope that we have now gotten it all right. As I told my husband, it will never happen again. I don’t think Americans will ever stand for it. If they think they might, then they need to see this movie.
As an aside, after I saw this story, I’m pretty sure I’m right about Americans never letting it happen again…
Go see “United 93”.