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‘The Siege’ after 9/11

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It is five years after 9/11 today. It still remember the day. I spent the afternoon watching ‘The Siege’ starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis and a few other excellent actors. The connection was that the movie was based in New York and had several shots the twin towers. But it was also an ‘almost prophetic’ portrayal of what the USA would become after the fateful day, Fortress America.

The movie winds around the theme of a series of terror cells (obviously Muslim) having infiltrated the city to force the release or avenge the capture of a muslim religious leader. Here is the synopsis in a few words;

After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI’s Counter-Intelligence Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City.

After watching this riveting movie, I wandered over to a friend’s house for a chat and spent the next few hours in front of the TV, watching the twin towers being attacked and come crumbling down on CNN – the beginnings of the ‘War against Terror’ as we know it was with us.

A reviewer on the movie database site comments that the movie is ‘Eerily prescient’. He goes on to say that;

This film, made in 1998, is so close to the reality of Sept. 11, 2001 that it sends chills down your spine. Although events played out differently, so many elements in the film are near-mirror reflections of the reality. The attacks are carried out by Islamic extremists, whose core network were trained by the CIA, their attacks were dramatic and centered on New York City, there was little cooperation between, the FBI, CIA and military, and Arabs and Arab-Americans were rounded up in large numbers, or were subjected to harassment and violence. The images of bodies and debris are no less shocking than the sight of people jumping to their death from the World Trade Center. Torture was employed by US soldiers, in pursuit of terrorists.

It really shook me up that day to see this movie and then watch the twin towers come down. The usual case is of ‘Art imitating life’. Well, here is one of ‘Life imitating art’ – if a Hollywood movie can be called art.


Written by jayanth

September 10, 2006 at 11:46 pm

Posted in Opinion