The Return Of Big-Screen Terrorism

by Patrick Appel

Jay Newton-Small notes that several new films depict the destruction of DC:

Destroying the White House or other trappings of the presidency – most notably Air Force One – is not a new subject matter. But [Olympus Has Fallen, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and White House Down] are notable in that they are the first blockbusters since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to violently attack Washington landmarks. In the intervening years after the attacks, Washington was destroyed on the silver screen, but by natural causes: an ice age in The Day After Tomorrow (which tactfully avoided showing the actual destruction of any landmarks) and tectonic shifting in the movie 2012.

She thinks the “the release of movies that would’ve been unimaginable a decade ago marks a healing milestone on the collective American psyche post 9/11.”