I wanted to post that and I wanted to post my thoughts, but I don't think they've been fully digested yet. This is a very unsual film in its affect upon me. It's not like Schindler's List when I tell people they NEED to see it. Cause, you know...I don't think anyone NEEDS to see this film. Go if you want, but it shouldn't be required viewing. There's really no education value to it or anything like that.
I was asked many times if I thought it was a "good" movie. That's hard to say. I don't think it was a bad movie, but I can't come away from it and say that what I just saw was good. It wasn't. It fucking turned my stomach. It's the feeling I got when I came out of "Hostel", but different and on a level 10 times as great. It stayed with me the rest of the day.
The film has no political agenda - I think it's quite a blank canvas for you to interpet the way you wish in that department, but then again, I don't think that's the director's intention. However, in keeping those views to himself, he created that canvas. Speaking of the director, I think he did a wonderful job with this - in that there is no major name actor in the film. There's no one to take you out of the reality of the situation (Remember that when you are watching Nic Cage in Oliver Stone's film later). And stay for the credits - mainly the cast listings and see just how many people actually played themselves in the film.
If seeing images of that day still upset you - don't see this film. It will not suddenly change you or change the way that day ever made you feel. In fact, I think it will actually intensify. If that's something you want, then go. Keep in mind, if you can't handle what you are looking at, just walk out. A few did that today.
Again, I can't tell anyone that they NEED to see this film. I just knew I wanted to, and I can't even remember why anymore. It knocked me for a loop and half of that was just from the surprise of how it affected me. I guess I just wasn't prepared for that. Not really sure how I could have ever been.