From the PATRIOT Act of 2001 that was signed into law by the formal President George W. Bush, to the flags that fluttered in the front yard of every American’s house, the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 brought the whole nation together for a single goal of fighting back terrorism and getting through the test that America was put to. Everybody’s loyalty is getting tested since then towards the United States, and one cannot put aside Hollywood. Its reaction through the movies contributed the nation by bringing different ethnic, racial, social, and economical groups, which America was divided into, together and showing loyalty and patriotism to one’s nation. Hollywood movies in the post 9/11 era conveyed the message that “it’s time to give back to your country” through the movies.
“Tragedy of tragedies” is one way to define the 9/11 attack that shook the very roots of the United States. No one in their right mind had thought that such cataclysmic and consternating as this could happen in the United States. No police force or the special surveillance was prepared for this kind of inland terrorist attack through the means of an airway jet. No fighter was trained before, to react to such sort of emergency. Neither were jet planes kept ready to fire out missiles that can prevent airborne terrorism, nor did any president had to take any urgent steps and make decisions under such rather heart shattering pressure exerted by throughout the world. What happened on September 11, 2001 not only gave us a petrifying instance of the capabilities of the human mind, but also showed us the warmer extremity of the human race. The greatest outcome of people heading to New York to help evacuate people, restore New York City, and sympathize over the people who went through this tragedy, was heart rending.
Adding oil to the fire- is what Hollywood did during this post traumatic yet chauvinistic incident of 9/11. Was Hollywood ready enough, or looking at its counter side? Were Americans ready to handle movies that might convey or depict the 9/11 attack? (“A 9/11 MOVIE: Is It Too Soon?” 1) Before September 11, 2001, movies related to terrorism consisted of some extremists from different corner of the world putting bombs, or setting up a missile to blow up the United States. But, the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was not through bombing-even though it had been attacked several times before throughout- but a commercial plane hitting the building and crashing them into dust and ashes. This not only added a new aspect to terrorism, but it also gave Hollywood a new way to represent it. This time the only difference was that the audience which was about to get thrilled by the action of terrorism, was the same who might feel anger and horror while watching what they had experienced.
While many films of Hollywood had a representation of post 9/11, such as Traitor, Body of Lies, Cloverfield, and 300, none of them focused on the actual attack of...