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America enters its post-post-9/11 era

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30 June 2011 11:32

Slate's always excellent film reviewer Dana Stevens describes Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which ends with a battle sequence set in Chicago:

The endless action climax includes a falling-skyscraper scene that casually plunders 9/11 for visual references (floating scraps of paper, falling office chairs) without paying the obligatory tax of pathos or political allegory such scenes usually demand. At one point, a character refers to downtown Chicago, where the alien battle is taking place, as "Ground Zero." Ten years after the fall of the Twin Towers, the attack, like the moon landing, has become a source of stock historical references.

There was a time when Hollywood producers had to re-cut big budget action films or delay their release out of respect to the victims of 9/11. Evidently, such sensitivities are now considered unnecessary.

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