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Monday Movie Mentions #17…

United 93 (2006)

220px-United93Yeah, I know, it’s hard to believe that it’s been sixteen years since the September 11th attacks – the watershed ‘JFK’ moment of my generation – but here we are, still feeling the effects of that day and living our lives differently because of it.

There are a handful of movies that have been made about the tragedy, but United 93 is as good an account as you will find. It’s probably not the kind of movie you’ll sit through more than once, because you’re not going to get any joy or substance out of a second viewing. It doesn’t pull any punches in its delivery, and it’s impossible to forget what it is you’re watching.

We can argue about how accurate the depiction is, and how much of it was amended and tweaked for ‘dramatic purposes’, but when you’re talking about the single worst act of terror committed against the civilised world, it’s a little redundant to start picking at these things.

United 93 is an extremely tough and sobering film to watch, as rightly it should be, and there’s nothing to smile at here: no levity at all to remind you that these are actors on a stage. But it’s a movie we should not disregard, about a day that we never will.

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The Day The World Changed Forever…

So, some marketing genius at a Walmart store in Panama City, Florida, decided to sanction a Coke display erected in the memory of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks… because, of course, the best selling carbonated drink manufacturer on the planet, worth many billions of pounds, really needs a sales push.

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Now, I’m a thick-skinned guy, and I’m not offended by the display, but at the same time I have to shake my head and wonder why on earth anyone thought this was a good idea. I’m certain that this was not intended to be disrespectful, but at the very least it is in bad taste, and entirely unnecessary for one of the most recognisable brands in the world. Of course, after an outcry led by social media, the display has since been taken down, and Coke has apologised for the misstep.

September 11, 2001 was my generation’s JFK moment: we all remember where we were when it happened. Let’s not abuse the anniversary with this kind of thing.