Tuesday, April 25, 2006

More on 'United 93'

Following up on last Tuesday's post on United 93, Sunday's New York Times had an interesting feature on the tightrope Paul Greengrass had to walk in depicting who exactly acted "heroically" in the moments before the flight was taken down. Were some really more heroic than others? Who could say which passengers asserted themselves and decided to fight? Were their deaths more honorable than those who handled the situation in other ways?

Four people, in particular, received plenty of attention and praise in light of the tragedy, which offended some of the families who also lost loved ones that day.

If you're opposed to the film, the article (or anything else, for that matter) probably won't do much to change your mind. But I think it's interesting to see what went into the process of making this film, and some of the issues the filmmakers had to grapple with in telling this story.