Pop quiz time! According to Chicago Tribune culture critic Julia Keller, the (awful) movie ‘Freedomland’, the (so-so) movie ‘Flightplan’, and the (frankly, never watched them) TV shows ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Cold Case’ are:
a) examples of Hollywood attempting to milk tired genres;
b) much more fun when you watch them on YouTube;
c) examples of American culture’s post-9/11 fascination with absence, just like the work of literary giants Alice Munro, Jonathan Safran Foer and John Haskell (okay, he’s not a giant, but he’s a great novelist), all “underlie[d by a] frantic desire for the status quo, a desperate yearning for life to return to the way it used to be.”
The answer is c). I’m glad newspapers employ critics who take their work seriously, but, gee, sometimes a Jodie Foster B-movie is just a Jodie Foster B-movie.