Friday, March 23, 2007

Salon Reviews "Reign Over Me"

So Stephanie Zacharek reviews "Reign Over Me" in Salon today. It's the new 9/11 movie starring Adam Sandler (meh) and Don Cheadle (yay).

I don't have any issues with her review. It wasn't a movie I wanted to see anyway. Here's how she summarizes the films apparent objective:
Feel left out because you didn't have a personal connection with anyone on one of those ill-fated flights, or with a firefighter who lost his life, or with any of the thousands who couldn't escape the World Trade Center? Not to worry. In "Reign Over Me," 9/11 victimhood is for everyone: You can feel the exhilaration of recovery without going to the trouble of suffering the pain that necessitates it in the first place.

So here's the thing: I don't want or need anyone to tell me how I should feel about 9/11. I remember it. We don't need movies or books trying to repackage it for us, mediate it for us. It was difficult enough trying to figure out just what we were watching on CNN, much less take it to another remove via fiction.

In the aftermath of the Great War there was huge social and cultural upheaval in Europe. But their artistic response was Modernism. They didn't dwell on the war or rehash it for therapeutic purposes. They reinvented the world through art, poetry, novels, music, dance.

The people who did dwell and rehash and relive it over and over created Fascism and reinvented the world through war, terror, torture, and mass death.