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September 01, 2007

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Elena

Do you recommend United 93 for people who don't necessarily feel 100% comfortable flying?

Karen

Hmmm. My thoughts about fear of flying are as follows:
1. MANY more people die in auto crashes annually than airplane crashes; it's just that the airplane crashes get more attention because more people are lost in one fell swoop.
2. Your pilot and copilot have a vested interest in landing safely. Barring terrorist hijackings, they're going to do everything they can to land the damn thing the proper way.
3. Terrorist hijackings have happened so rarely that it's a negligible statistic -- albeit a terrifying one.
So. I don't know what to tell you, other than that you won't learn anything new that you didn't learn in the days and weeks and months following 9/11, but you will perhaps be forced to imagine what those poor people went through in their last hours -- and it ain't pretty.

Elena

Yeah, but in a car crash you don't have several agonizing minutes knowing you're crashing! It happens within seconds and then it's over. I was just wondering if the film gives a very real, drawn out depiction of what it was like on that plane when it was crashing.

Karen

No, not of the actual crashing, but most definitely of the whole protracted period of time from when the hijackers took over to when they presumably crashed.

amy

Karen,

one thing that made this movie compelling for me was that many of the people played themselves in the movie version of real events: Ben, who was in his first day on the job as head of flight operations, the air traffic controllers mostly all played themselves, many of the officers in the NORAD room also played themselves.

I was struck by how little cohesion there was, and probably still is, in our systems for facing tragedies of this type. It is probably the same lack of communication amidst federal and local agencies that can account for the state of LA post-Katrina to this day, as well as during the hurricane itself.

I did IMDB the movie first and saw it twice, got more out of it having read the trivia and odd facts section and had newfound appreciation for what these guys went through...how strange that both the FAA and NORAD got most of their information from CNN.

Elisson

I loved Kundun, not least because of the Philip Glass score.

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