It’s now been 12 years since the attacks of September 11th 2001. Much has been written about how life changed after that day, how the response revealed both the good (charity, bravery, a city rebuilding together) and the bad (wars, spying, racism) in humanity. I don’t know if I could write about that. I follow politics but would not consider myself an expert. Furthermore, over half my life and pretty much all of my politically aware life’s been in the post-9/11 era so I doubt I could be insightful about how things changed when I wasn’t really able to experience that change.
I write about movies. Today I could write about some of the various cinematic responses to 9/11 and its aftermath. I could talk about The Dark Knight or V For Vendetta or In The Loop or Zero Dark Thirty. I can link again to my article complaining about the mindless exploitation of 9/11 in lesser action movies.
Or, to be extra topical, I can simply say, “What the ****, Uwe Boll!?!”
Uwe Boll, known to many as the worst living director, responsible for such lousy videogame adaptations as Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, and Bloodrayne, decided to release Postal, a 9/11-themed film (still loosely based on a videogame of course), back in 2008. The opening scene of the movie, which got revealed by the New York Post a year before the movie’s release and got mocked by Family Guy before the movie was even released, involves a “parody” of 9/11.
You read that right, A PARODY OF 9/11. And not some sort of clever satire of terrorists or political issues or anything. The joke of the first scene blames the passengers on the plane, not the hijackers, for the World Trade Center crash. Yeah, really.
Postal received 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, only got shown in 4 theaters (none of the major chains and arthouses would touch it for good reason), and made so little money its box office numbers weren’t even reported. I recall hearing stories of people at free screenings protesting and demanding refunds. Since then Uwe Boll hasn’t had a movie released in American theaters, but he still keeps cranking movies out for DVD, continuing to try to tackle serious issues such as Darfur and the Holocaust through his brand of awful filmmaking.
And now, Boll’s trying to raise funds to make Postal 2. It’s unlikely he’ll reach his goal of $500,000, but somehow he’s raised over $45,000 from 319 people. Do they seriously want to see Postal 2? And do they want to see it and actually enjoy it, or do they just want to watch it ironically?
If the latter, why spend so much money on something you’ll only enjoy ironically? Look, I get the appeal of a trainwreck bad movie as well as anyone, and if this was a Kickstarter for, say, Troll 2: Part 2 or a new Tommy Wisseau film, I’d consider donating too. Those sorts of bad films are products of passion, of madmen wanting to entertain and doing so in all the wrong ways. Uwe Boll’s not that sort of guy. He’s a cynical misanthropic a-hole. And with the Postal movies, he’s trying to do comedy and failing at it, so they can’t even have the unintended comedic value of his “serious” movies. Sorry, but there’s limits to irony.