Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11: A Solemn Remembrance

Nine years ago on this date, my wife and I watched people leap to their deaths, and then we saw the collapse of the Twin Towers. I wept openly and unashamedly at the tragic losses.

Today, to commemorate the events of that day, we watched The Reflecting Pool. It's a movie about a man who lost his daughter in the attacks of 9/11 and whose investigations led him and a Russian immigrant journalist to the many discrepancies in the official account of those events.

Although the story is fiction, the facts that it uses, including some actual TV footage come from mainline news sources. The story is not an action flick, and it may unfold a little slowly for some, but if you can follow mystery stories with the way investigators unfold evidence, then you will probably find this movie intriguing.

I recommend it with the following caveats. Two warnings about this movie:

  1. There is some occasional foul language in the movie, including my count of four instances of irreverent usage of the name of the Lord Jesus;
  2. If you are comfortable with the idea that the US government is always open, honest and aboveboard and always acts on behalf of the interests of its citizens, then you will probably not want to watch this film.

I put this under the label of terrorism not because of the hijackers, but because the worst terrorists are those who coldly traffic in human life for political and economic advantage.

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