We’re back to the same ol’, same ol’ regarding the reluctance of the American people to sit through anything depressing about the war in Iraq. Now, Errol Morris has to confront the possibilities of empty theaters when his Standard Operating Procedure rolls out, as he discusses with Reuters:
The movie begins its roll-out to U.S. theaters this week, but Morris thinks he may have a problem on his hands. “This is a story I had to tell, but I don’t think anyone is going to see it,” he told Reuters.
Morris believes, though, that his story shows us things we haven’t seen before:
“You start to look into why this photo was posed and you find out that he was killed by the CIA and that others tried to sneak out his body. Sabrina sneaks in and takes pictures that in a different set of circumstances would have won a Pulitzer … Her crime was embarrassing the military. Without her photos we would have known nothing of this crime,” Morris said.
The best way to get people to pay attention is for the film to have itself adorned with awards. We’ll have to see if Morris can once again capture voters’ attention as he did when his Fog of War was the hottest ticket in town.