Terrorism and Hollywood films

| November 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

On the occasion of 26\11 attack, I would like to highlight the role of our films and terrorism.


Almost all over the globe people have suffered due to terrorist activities. Films are nothing but a portray of the facts in day to day life.
Hollywood has dealt with terrorism in blockbuster style.While terrorists seek to demonstrate about their presence and demands to the wide audience using news media. In the case of Movies they are free to use their creativity to fabricate block buster stories.
Here are some Hollywooods reel-time stories which are based on the real life unfortunate events and happenings.


To examine the relationship between Hollywood films and terrorism 16 movies were short listed which were closest to the terrorism They are Toy Soldiers (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Speed (1993), True Lies (1994), Broken Arrow (1995), Die Hard 3: Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Executive Decision (1996), The Rock (1996), Air Force One (1997), The Devils Own (1997), The Peacemaker (1997), The Negotiator (1998), The Siege (1998), Arlington Road (1999), and Swordfish (2001). All movies reviewed included the story of a terrorist event or a terrorists mission.

Some times it is difficult to say, whether Movie makers has copied the terrorist act from real life or the terrorist have copied from such terrorism based movie. In fact such movies are like reference books for the entire class of terrorist all over the globe. They find them very handy and gets few tips, as the various minute details and actions are shown so efficiently by our movie makers that terrorism becomes like a cake walk for the terrorist.

Here are just one or two Hollywood’s reel life trysts with terrorism.

The Siege The idea of a story about Islamic fundamentalists viciously attacking the citizens of New York City certainly wasn’t a wild and crazy concept before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. However, the film’s depiction of several smaller-scale bombings pales in comparison to the real and horrific genuine article.


The Air force One (1997)  President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is one of the most respected leaders in the history of America. When Kazakhstanian separatists commit atrocities on their own people, Marshall authorizes a guerrilla mission to take their leader, General Radek (Jürgen Prochnow), into custody and restore the democratic regime. In his speech afterward, the president vows never to let America hesitate again when dealing with terrorists. However, that’s before a group of them, led by the ruthless Korchunov (Gary Oldman) take over his own flight on Air Force One, with his wife and young daughter also on board. President Marshall, a decorated Vietnam veteran, becomes a one-man vigilante force in his efforts to free his family and the other hostages, retake the plane, and thwart the hijackers. Director Wolfgang Petersen’s thrilling film is supported by an excellent ensemble cast, which includes William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, and Glenn Close as Kathryn Bennett, the vice president who must hold the Cabinet together in Marshall’s absence.


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