Monday, May 01, 2006

 

United 93 is #1

Hollywood was holding its breath to see if the country was ready for a 9/11 film. While nudged out of the top spot on its opening weekend by the Robin Williams comedy RV, the critically acclaimed film United 93 -- the first major studio effort to relate the events of 9/11 -- did, according to www.boxofficemojo.com, manage to become the most popular film in the country (even if just for the day) today. However, what this means in the large picture is that the cries of "Too soon!" when the trailer for this film was being shown in (and pulled from) theaters, earlier this year, will now change into the mantra "It's time," and open the flood gates for 9/11 and 9/11- themed films to hit the big screen. What United 93's popularity among critics and audiences has removed the taboo on such films. I, for one, look forward to what filmmakers have to offer us about 9/11, and the mindset it created in its wake.

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