Ratings: IMDB: 7.0/10.0 (162 votes) | RT: N/A
Genre: Documentary | History | War
Directed by: Dylan Avery
Starring: Dick Cheney, Richard Gage, Michael Hess, Stephen Jones, Michelle Little
Language: English | French | Spanish
First Cinematic Release: 9 September 2009 (USA)
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Just like every other 9/11 article, I will use the cliché to bring about your attention:
Each and every one of us remembers exactly where we were on that fateful day of 9/11 as we watched jetliners fly into the Twin Towers and crumble to the ground. We thought, “No way this could happen to America! I mean, we are…..America!” But it happened, and we were pissed. Where do we direct our anger? By the end of the day, Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network, al-Queda, were to blame. Or is it Usama? The first three letters of his name are USA!?
This is not used to mock this historical event. This event was a tragedy and a horror. It breaks my heart to see the clips of people jumping from the buildings. It tears at me to hear those final phone calls between husbands and wives passing on their love to each other, ending with “tell the children I love them.” Were Osama and his cronies hanging out amongst the mountains that separate Afghanistan and Pakistan really to blame? Did the Islamic so-called “extremists” do this with box cutters because of their hate for the West’s “freedom and prosperity”? The media has convinced the general masses that those who take Islam seriously are to blame. We’re American and we take offense to those who hate our freedoms. Reports released from the government all pointed to Osama and his head henchmen. Dylan Avery’s most recent and final cut of the Youtube sensation, Loose Change, is available on DVD and is highly revamped from the original somewhat amateur version released earlier, which challenges the media and government reports.
I have always been highly skeptical of Avery’s film. It appeared unpatriotic and unaware of the pain countless thousands of families were feeling. How could you possibly think that our government would lie about the most horrendous attack on U.S. soil? Why would you try to unsettle the families’ sense of closure that the government and media have already given us. We know who did it! All these thoughts run rampant through your conscience, but while Loose Change is playing, you start to find yourself saying, “wait, this makes sense, but no, I can’t take something like this seriously. Wait, what? That does not make sense. Why would the government lie about that!? Woah, this is true. No it can’t be. But that report is a lie! How did the towers topple like that?” You argue with yourself during the whole documentary, trying to convince yourself otherwise. We cannot be as gullible as this makes the general public out to be. If what Avery and the thousands of others who support his claims are right, then we are living through some of the greatest elite corruption ever known. Something that would cause Americans to commit felonies by trashing the American flag, turning it upside-down and lighting it on fire. If what Avery and others claim is not true, then this is a mockery to American ideals and its democratic principles. The documentary is unsettling and rocks the foundational patriot we have all inherited from our “pledge of allegiance” public school upbringing. The problem I find with the newest cut of Loose Change is not the documentary, but with the loose ends it presents.
Not simply stating or implying that 9/11 is an inside job is the most benefiting revision Avery has made to his new film. Instead, it is a call to reinvestigate and answer the countless questions many Americans still have about this fateful day. With the absurd number of questions still left unanswered, it is absolutely appropriate to call for some sort of reinvestigation. As the movie explains, along with some of those in mainstream media, the 9/11 commission was a sham and a mockery. It cleared up nothing significant and left the questions unanswered. A reinvestigation is needed and wanted by many, but the talking heads of our society have not helped to take this step. Terms that gain negative connotations due to their context have disrupted this campaign, such as “truthers.” These terms decimate others who may call into question particular ideals and even something such as 9/11. “Truther” has been made into the same sort of swear word conservative talk show hosts have made “liberal” into. They no longer represent a particular ideological understanding or position, but represent a demeaning and derogatory position. Apparently some have “arrived” while others have not. I do not necessarily consider myself a liberal, and neither do many “truthers.” My point is the power of words and how easy they can dismiss anything with the connotations they carry. “Truther” is one of these words, and many who use this term negatively have never looked into what they are suggesting. (Throwing Rosie O’Donnell in the group who supports Loose Change was what the media wanted: since dumb people are associated with this belief, the belief therefore is dumb. End of case) Not so fast, my friend. Sorry Rosie, but you are not the brightest bulb in the room. We all know this from watching that horrendous show “The View,” which should be subtitled “making a mockery of strong and smart women around the world.” Anyways, my point is that this language has destroyed much of the effort to bring awareness to the most tragic event in American history and its unanswered questions.