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To think some disaster films must be offensive?

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MissionItsPossible Mon 04-Dec-17 18:13:37

Just as the title says really. You know those films based on real life tragedies that happened? What's got me thinking specifically about this is the upcoming film starring Jake Gyllenhall regarding the Boston Marathon bombings. If you were caught up in it or lost family members in it, would it not be horrible seeing it being advertised and knowing people were making money from it and people were watching it for entertainment and rating it?

CuriousaboutSamphire Mon 04-Dec-17 18:18:44

Well, that would mean that absolutely everything would become offensive... news items, fictional stories that are similar to someone's real life experience, everyday chat, gossip, nursery rhymes, everything!

If it bothers you dig a deep hole and pull the lid on over you!

Spudlet Mon 04-Dec-17 18:22:38

I suppose each family / individual affected will have their own views - some might be glad to see what they went through publicised, for instance if they were campaigning for safety changes or similar. I guess it might depend on the accuracy too - if an heroic lead is inserted to save the day and take the credit, for instance, that I would think would be hurtful. Or if a real person was unfairly portrayed - I remember descendents of one of the Titanic’s crew members complaining (justifiably IMO) that their relative had been portrayed as a coward when he had apparently been extremely brave (and had perished in the sinking).

MissionItsPossible Mon 04-Dec-17 18:33:56

CuriousaboutSamphire Well, not really. There's a difference between fiction and something actually based on you or an event you were caught up in.


That's interesting. Didn't think of the heroic lead insertion either, that would be really horrible, especially if it showed them saving the day and you lost someone.

LetsGoFlyAKiteee Mon 04-Dec-17 18:45:23

Guess in a way can be depending how people are portrayed. The one about the Boston marathon is based on his book which he wrote after so in a way that's different. Not them making up stories based on a event sort of thing.

Agree with what's been said some people might be okay whereas others have a issue. Depends on how it's written and how true it is.

wheresmymojo Mon 04-Dec-17 18:45:57

I did think this when I watched the film about the oil rig disaster. Does anyone know of any interviews with relatives of similar films stating their views?

museumum Mon 04-Dec-17 18:48:57

I watched the deep water horizon film recently. It was a beautiful tribute I thought and had photos and statements from the real people at the end —that made me cry—

toolonglurking Mon 04-Dec-17 18:55:05

I lost a friend in the tsunami, it was devastating, his body was never found. When the film came out I simply avoided it, not that hard.
I didn't think that my hurt should stop millions of people seeing a film about an important real life event.

CuriousaboutSamphire Mon 04-Dec-17 19:22:36

There's a difference between fiction and something actually based on you or an event you were caught up in. Yes, and that film is based on a book, written by someone who was there, who took part in the making of the film.

Story telling is something humans do... from 40,000 year old cave paintings, to 500 word kids competitions, ghost stories, urban myths and all sorts of apocrypha.

We are surrounded by bits and pieces of such stories all the time, adverts, films, documentaries, old sayings, old wives tales and new ones!

You'd literally have to be totally incommunicado to avoid any such stories. Individuals can make the choice to avoid any such films.

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