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April 26, 2006
Loose Screws
Posted by Frank J. at 09:20 AM | View blog reactions | Comments (54)

Though it doesn't come out until Friday, rottentomatoes currently has 24 reviews for United 93. I kinda knew a film like this would rile up the nuts, but that doesn't keep it from being off-putting. So far, only three reviews are negative, and one of them isn't even a film review, it's just a guy talking out his ass:

Greengrass disguises art as journalism by matter-of-factly declaring that United 93 crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at the "heroic" hands of its passengers in spite of the fact that the now famous "crash site" produced not one human corpse or even a single drop of blood.
The cell phone/air phone calls are an area of tacit fiction that the auteur fudges with discreet but significant treatment. The actual recorded calls from the "passengers" of United 93 are suspiciously vague and calculated.
The director’s "clear" gaze doesn’t extend to quoting the "actual" air phone dialogue, perhaps because he couldn’t compensate for its inherent falseness.
This is a movie that does more to discourage raising questions about what really happened to flight 93 than it does to encourage debate over the bastion of lies that have been fed to the American people.

The "reviewer" Cole Smithey (if that is his real name) mentions twice the documentary "Loose Change." I've heard numerous moonbats mention this film that supposedly shows that everything about 9/11 and Flight 93 was faked… and I guess the families (who all gave permission for this film) were bribed into pretending they got phone calls from their loved one's on the doomed flight.

Give me a sec while I Google what the hell "Loose Change" is about...

...

Okay, here's the Wikipedia article on it (and, incidentally, Wikipedia was used as a source for "Loose Change" which should tell you about the accuracy of it).

Flight 93

* Suggests that United Airlines Flight 93 did not crash in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania but actually landed safely at Cleveland Hopkins Airport where it was evacuated by government personnel into an unused NASA research center.

I think that's all I need to read to declare anyone who cites "Loose Change" to be a complete and utter fruitcake. Why is the Flight 93 story so hard to believe? Are there liberals out there who just can't believe in heroism?

As for the other negative reviews, they seem to do more with politics than anything else (even the highly liberal film critics seem to really be liking the film). One of the other negative reviews muses whether the families of the terrorists were asked permission to make the film. That right there deserves a whack with a Cluebat™. Most of the other reviews say the terrorists were treated in the film as fairly as you can treat murderous terrorist... for those concerned about negative portrayals of terrorists.

The other negative review is on Salon, and I'd have to click on an ad to read it all. Investigative journalism can only go so far.

Anyway, SarahK and I plan on seeing United 93 this weekend. I'll be curious how much noise the movie premiere creates... and how much of that will come from the nuts.

Rating: 2.3/5 (23 votes cast)

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