New movie keeps 9/11 in Augustans' minds

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

August 12, 2006

The second movie based on the tragic events of 9/11 since "United 93" opened in theatres across the country this weekend, but with the latest terror threats, it's getting mixed reaction from moviegoers in Augusta.

It's been almost five years since Americans watched helplessly as the national sense of security crumbled on television screens across the country.

Now it's going from the flat screen to the big screen.

"Not quite sure if I'm ready to see the movie," said moviegoer Heidi Stewart. "I think it's something you have to be ready for and just go in and bawl your eyes out."

The movie "World Trade Center", directed by Oliver Stone, shadows the lives of two New York City Port Authority officers who were pinned under the rubble when the towers collapsed.

"I can remember watching the planes hit and the emotion," said moviegoer Jennifer Jones. "It united us as a country and it looks like it'll do the same for us...bring a lot of memories back."

With the recent reported terrorist plot to blow up passenger flights between Britain and the US, some moviegoers in Augusta say the movie couldn't have been released at a better time.

"There is a problem with terrorism, and this was a wakeup call to start thinking," Jones said. "We're in perilous times now."

"We should never forget and put our guard down," said moviegoer Gary Lopez, who lost friends in 9/11. "We get complacent, and it's a quick reminder of the threats out there."

"People get lax and comfortable, and I don't know if this day and time if we could ever be comfortable again," Stewart said.

Box office analysts say the current news events could raise awareness of the film, which could boost ticket sales.

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