Five years ago today, 19 men hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing two into each tower of New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and, thanks to a group of brave folks who refused to let their plane cause even more damage to the Capital, the last went down in a Pennsylvania field. Five years ago today, the world as we knew it forever changed.
While there's been a slew of 9/11-related films since, it's only been in the last year that Hollywood has decided the time was right to begin churning out bigger flicks, with bigger budgets and bigger names. Paul Greengrass' United 93 came first, though its box office tally suffered -- perhaps, because we weren't ready yet. Most felt it was just too soon. Last month, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center debuted with higher numbers (to date, we're looking at around $67 million), though mutants, pirates and a man that flies proved more attractive to audiences.
Now, Charlie Sheen is reportedly involved in a 9/11-related film and even Oliver Stone feels the subject matter is so "huge," he'd like to do another film as well. Before United 93 hit theaters, I asked if you thought it was too soon. Seeing as both films have since been released, with more on the way, I'm wondering if you still feel the same way.
So, I ask you: Is it still too soon for 9/11 on the big screen? Or, after seeing how genuine and respectful both United 93 and World Trade Center were to victims, their families and our society, are we now ready to open our hearts and accept whatever Hollywood has in store for us next?