Notes on ‘Downfall’

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When traveling by plane, friends and family often demand phone calls and texts from loved ones when they are boarding and when they have landed. There is an observable seriousness and concern that is applied to air travel that is not seen for other modes of travel, even though traveling by car is statistically less safe than air travel. This universal concern, one could argue, is an unnecessary remnant of a bygone era where plane travel used to be considerably more precarious. However, a new Netflix documentary, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, directed by Rory Kennedy, expertly shows that, in reality, the concerns that loved ones show when people are traveling are not unfounded. Rather, the documentary reveals that traveling on a Boeing plane is almost akin to being in the Squid Game.

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