Movie Inspired by Gang Lu Shootings Set to Debut in April

By: Steve Nicoles, Reporter


By Steve Nicoles

IOWA CITY - A new movie details the deadliest day in the history of the University of Iowa. The memories are haunting. University of Iowa graduate student Gang Lu killed six people on campus on a cold, snowy day back in November 1991. Now a movie based on the shootings will debut in New York this spring. KCRG-TV 9 sat down with a professor who heard the gunshots to watch the trailer.

The movie is called “Dark Matter.” It is inspired by the Gang Lu shootings in 1991. The trailer suggests Lu was forced into a violent rage. Even though the shootings happened more than 15 years ago, the emotional wounds have not fully healed on campus. We did find one professor close to the shootings to watch the trailer. Geography professor Rex Honey said. “It was traumatic. It's very sad. It was tragic. Ambition gone wrong."

Honey sat in a meeting room a few feet from where Lu killed himself after killing five others. The movie trailer's angle that Lu was the victim bothers the professor. He said, “I think there are some innocent people who are portrayed as villains."

Honey says he is OK with “Dark Matter” being made. He is a staunch advocate of free speech. But he is worried about what people will take away from the film. Honey said, “Some people are going to take it as history. Some people are going to have negative feelings about people who were killed and are unable to defend themselves. That's sad."
That is also Hollywood. The film makers created the trailer to attract viewers and make money. The film as a whole might tell a different story.

Professors in the physics department did not want to talk about the film. Lu was a physics student, and his rampage started in Van Allen Hall.

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