- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2006

Lots of positive buzz about the September 11 movie “United 93,” which saw nationwide release today. (Find my profile of director Paul Greengrass hereand my colleague Christian Toto’s review here.

It appears that, for once, the advertising tagline is true: “Critics are unanimous … ”


In this age of limitless Internet criticism, one is bound to find the outer edge of kookiness, and, lo and behold, here it is. A critic for the online magazine Slant actually had the chutzpah to note with contrarian disdain, that while the filmmakers obtained the

approval of the United 93 victims’ families, they — imagine this! — never bothered to take into account the feelings of the terrorists’ families.

He writes: “All evidence suggests that the terrorists’ relatives were left entirely out of the creative process, an action which goes a way toward revealing the film’s hagiographic bias (how easy it then becomes to turn victims into heroes and adversaries into monsters) and points up the general ridiculousness of involving the families in the first place.”

I wish I could say this was a parody. But it’s the real deal — the Full Monty of foolishness masquerading as broadminded sensitivity.



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