"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Power and Patriotism of "World Trade Center"

The Professor at Burkean Reflections offers his view as well as opposing reviews of the recently released "World Trade Center," directed by Oliver Stone.

This is one of those films that many people may shy away from and I would be included in that group of people. 9/11 seems like it was just yesterday, yet also feels as though it is a lifetime ago. I'm not ready to revisit it visually as the emotions of that time have been stowed away somewhere by me and I don't really feel like have the full brunt of their return.

Therefore, I offer from Burkean Reflections:

My son and I saw "World Trade Center" on Wednesday, the day of the film's national release. This was a remarkable motion picture -- a must-see for every American -- a movie whose immediacy places the viewer virtually inside the film, experiencing up-close-and personal the tragedy and triumph of that September morning in 2001.

The movie's portrayal of the collapse of the Twin Towers -- with its victim's ground-floor view -- was one of the most powerful, unforgettable scenes I've ever seen in film. I think director Oliver Stone set exactly the right tone: violent and intense in the movie's recounting of the disaster, and heartwarming and uplifting in its retelling of the rescues of Sargeant John McLoughlin and Will Jemino. The viewer feels the fear of the police officers as they approach the burning towers, hesitant to enter but utimately resolved on performing their duty. The movie also rightly provides a patriotic look at the choosing-up of sides in the just-initiated war on terror, most clearly through the recounting of Sargeant David Karnes' contribution to the rescue efforts. We, too, want to be there, lending a hand to those whose pain and endurance gives voice to the fine fragility of human existence.
Read the rest of the review/post here....

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