July 27, 2006

"Every generation has a defining moment... This Was Ours."

That's the voiceover -- accompanied by Coldplay music -- in a new ad for Oliver Stone's movie "World Trade Center." Test screenings showed a surprisingly strong response from teenagers. I suppose releasing this story about the teenage response is part of the publicity campaign. Let me idly speculate that the movie is failing to appeal to adults for some reason -- perhaps because it has a cheesy disaster movie feel -- and they are repositioning.

14 comments:

Craig Ranapia said...

Well, let me idly speculate - this film isn't going to appeal to Stone's leftist JFK/Nixon conspiracy mongering audience unless he's arguing 9/11 was a vast conspiracy of the GOP/Mossad Oil Interests. Which doesn't sound like what he's trying to achieve here, to his credit. Everyone else checked out years back, I suspect - and I'm not sure doing junkets through flyover country is really going to work. Fairly or not - and I haven't managed to stomach one of films all the way through since JFK - this man is the cinematic equivalent of Hilary Clinton.

Dave said...

Adults are no different from teenagers, in that most of them are unthinking, uncritical automatons who thikn Stone an autueur.

I am sure the film will do well.

Pogo said...

While early reviews suggest Stone avoided an overtly political message here (i.e. his habitual anti-US stance), and may even have rendered a fairly accurate portrayal of the day's events, I probably won't see it.

This is primarily because I understand there's no mention of terrorists causing the event. That means UW scholar Barrett can still use it for class material.

Goesh said...

I sure the heck am not going to pay good money to be reminded of the grave threat the civilized world faces from the likes of al qaidah and other islamofacists. It is about like paying the undertaker to see a video of your Grandmother being embalmed. ohhh! There's Granny's spleen! Gee! I didn't know old people had so much bodily fluid! Wow! There ain't much left to her once the undertaker is done, is there?

al said...

My family is going to see it. A pair of 40 somethings, a 20 year old, and a 15 year old.

Everything I've read about the production of this movie is so different than one would expect from a Oliver Stone movie. He has reportedly been a stickler for the exact details as to what happened that day.

Does he leave out the details of who attacked the US? Maybe but I'm not sure that matters. WTC, to me, seems like it is about the response to the attack that day and nothing else.

Forty_Two said...

According to the CIA World Factbook, about two and a half million Americans die each year. Granted, most of these deaths are caused by disease and old age, but the murder rate here is still almost six 9/11's each year. That's about 17,000 Americans murdered by other Americans.

This brings up an obvious question:

Why was 9/11 supposed to be so tragic and defining? Are we really that concerned with an additional 3,000 deaths, or is our need to avoid appearing weak really behind all of this?

bill said...

I think Stone can be a very powerful filmmaker and I completely enjoy JFK. Not for any sense of historical accuracy, but for its intensity and performances--Kevin Bacon and Tommy Lee Jones, anyone? It's a wonderful fictional accounting of conspiracy beliefs and the fact that Stone believes it is fact doesn't detract from my enjoyment.

Cat said...

I have heard that this movie is excellent. Even National Review gave it a good review. I wonder if it's because they were relieved considering Stone's rantings over the years about 9/11 (root causes and all that).

Pogo says it doesn't mention the terrorists? Perhaps that was the only way they could keep Stone focused on the survivor story. I think Stone would have a problem blaming the terrorists for the murders and the movie would go off on a "why they hate us," tangent so familiar to us all now.

Maxine Weiss said...

Oliver Stone smokes marijuana.

Regularly.

Peace, Maxine

DairyStateDad said...

Cal Thomas, a conservative columnist who used to be Jerry Falwell's PR guy, loves the movie and gave it a rave review in the papers this week. Thomas is someone I never agree with, but I must admit his review made me sit up and take notice.

Dawn said...

Nice trailer, but since it's an Oliver "I hate the US/love Castro" Stone, he won't see one dollar from our family.

Jim Gust said...

I've been told, though I haven't read them myself, that a number of conservatives have written rave reviews of the movie. They've characterized it as patriotic, appropriately deferential to religious faith, and inspirational.

I've moved from "I'll never see an Oliver Stone movie again" to "maybe I should find out more before deciding."

If the movie acquires a Titanic vibe among the younger set, it could make a lot of money.

P. Froward said...

Okay, I get it, it's like, you hear the Coldplay music and you see the planes flying towards the towers, and the music plays and the planes fly, yadda yadda, then CRASH! They hit the towers and, dammit, the music is still playing.

That's when you're chilled to the very marrow as you realize you've just witnessed a horrible, epic tragedy: Coldplay survived.

Crank said...

Teenagers go to the movies. Adults, for the most part, don't.