Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Flight 93 - Predictions?

by Alex Stroup
Yesterday, Jeff posted a short Wired piece that named The Inside Man and Flight 93 as the two sure things mentioned in some other article.

He has said similar things about Flight 93 in the past. I'm wondering what you all think, predict for this movie.

I've seen the trailer in theaters twice now and both time the reaction around me both times was the same. It really is an emotional trailer, but it left people around me muttering that they didn't think they could sit through the actual movie.

Personally, I've read enough of the blow-by-blows of the real event that I don't really have much interest in seeing a recreation of it. My wife won't see it because she expects she'd be crying from the opening credits to the closing credits.

All in all, I'm left wondering if even though five years have passed that it might still be too soon for such a movie to be a big commercial success.


Blogger Colin said...

Well, the TV movie "Flight 93" was A&E's top rated program ever with 5.9 million viewers.


Obviously, that doesn't say that a bunch of people will go out to theaters to see Greengrass' film, but it's a good sign. Personally, I'm interested in checking it out.

It's interesting to note on the other end of the spectrum that the TV update of "The Poseiden Adventure" did pretty poorly. Again, I'm not sure what that has to say about Wolfgang's theatrical version, but it's a bad sign. Then again, maybe people just saw the commercials for the TV version and decided it looked like trash.

3/21/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I suspect that a lot of people do feel that it's too soon, but I also get the feeling that any time is too soon. People just want to push it away, not have to deal with it anymore.

Relatedly, I think that's why Bush's approval numbers have gotten so low. Not because of anything in particular that he is or isn't doing, but because he keeps hitting the same 9/11 note over and over. But people are tired of it, and have stopped wanting to be reminded of it. The shock has worn off, and now the whole war on terror has just gotten depressing. So they've just sorta tuned Bush out.

3/21/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

And "Inside 9/11" was the highest-rated program ever on the National Geographic Channel last summer. I watched the first five minutes of it, could not believe how needlessly inflammatory it was to start off showing some home-video footage of a Muslim conference in the US and to talk about how "they" hate us, as if we should be locking up all Muslims in the US in camps, and I switched it off. It wasn't long after that I realized that why I love the magazine journal of the National Geographic Society and never watch anything on "their" channel is because the channel is actually just another arm of the Fox media empire (at least the US version is).

Anyway, back to the Flight 93 movie. The trailer starts off promising, but as it builds up to "And stood up as one" it makes me gag. Heck, I've said all this before....

3/21/2006 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I, for one, will almost definitely wait for video on this one. I haven't seen any of Greengrass' other films (the bloody sunday one is in queue), I don't recognize any of the actors, and I already know the ending.

There is only one plane movie for me this year, and Flight 93 aint it.

3/21/2006 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger LesterG said...

Chris, but you can have both in one!

3/21/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Looks like the title has been changed to United 93. The IMDb hasn't changed yet but Universal changed their website and put a new one up for the film.

As you can see from the website, the key art for the film is deeply, shamefully misleading.

3/22/2006 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger LesterG said...

That's interesting. My cable provider has Hollywood.com's on-demand trailer channel . I noticed a few weeks back that they had the film listed under both titles, but I assumed it was an error.

Not a fan of the revision and I'd bet United isn't happy either.

3/22/2006 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

I wonder if they changed it b/c the TV movie was called Flight 93?

3/23/2006 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I've seen the new United 93 trailer in a theater, and I dislike it even more than the old one that I thought built up to a level of hokiness I didn't like. This new one bugs me by showing way too much unnecessary footage of planes plunging into the World Trade Center. Like I need to be reminded of that to have my expectations properly set for this film. Ugh.

3/26/2006 11:41:00 AM  

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