David Montgomery, at Crime Fiction Dossier, has some thoughts about the new Oliver Stone film, World Trade Center, coming out late this summer, and starring Nicholas Cage. It's the story of two Port Authority police officers who become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Here's the trailer .
David's comments are not so much about the merits of the film, or the obligations we have, as Americans, to go see it. Rather, it's about whether we can watch the film. Even accounting for the fact that a trailer presents a film at its very best (as carefully-crafted as the film, itself), I think it's going to be emotionally powerful.
I am reminded of some of the comments local Blogfodder, Eric at Fire Ant Gazette, made regarding "United 93," which may apply to this film, as well.
Me? I don't know if I can watch the film. I have always had the highest regard for the NYPD and FDNY of '9/11' ... when the traveling exhibit came to Fort Worth, one part that did cause me to choke-up was that part dealing with the fire crew whose 'day in the life' was being followed by a documentary camera as the planes crashed into the towers behind them. And, the story of the FDNY chaplain, too.
Thanks to Frank at BOOKS, INQ. for the heads-up.