Working under treacherous conditions, an army of dedicated rescuers struggles to find anyone who survived the World Trade Center’s tragic collapse.
Runtime: 2hr 10m
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Jay Hernandez, Michael Shannon, Frank Whaley, Jon Bernthal, Morgan Flynn, Nick Damici, Viola Davis, William Mapother
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“World Trade Center” is about two men who, against all odds, survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, and their battles to keep each other alive in the hope that they will be rescued. It combines fragments of two movies. It is a disaster movie and a feel-good inspirational movie both based on true stories, and even features some of the officers and firefighters who were actually there, as extras in the movie.
5 years after the tragic events of 9/11 Oliver Stone, a native New Yorker, made a film which he hoped would show the true meaning of heroism by focusing in on Port Authority officers John McLoughlin and William Jimeno, who, along with their fellow Port Authority and NYC fire and police personnel, went into the World Trade Center towers to evacuate as many people as possible from there as they could after the two jets were rammed into the buildings, however, they themselves became trapped under twenty thousand tons of steel and concrete, some twenty feet deep.
From a wrenching shot of a giant airplane silhouette snaking down a city street, Stone grabs you with his outstanding cinematography and never lets you go. He cuts no corners, showing, graphically and wrenchingly, the 9/11 terrorist attacks effect on the community. Burning papers fly everywhere. Subways, once full of activity, are now empty. Police officers return to the station, drenched in blood and shaken to the core. Although the film briefly examines the world’s reaction to the attacks, it’s main focus is on Officers McLoughlin and Jimeno, who were trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center buildings after the attack. Stone wisely chooses to darken the surroundings, train the camera on the men’s soot-caked faces, and just let them emote. It’s an approach that would have bombed with many actors, but Cage and Michael Pena are up to the challenge, letting their eyes tell the story, trading monosyllabic encouragements as they try to escape the metal and rock pinning them to the floor.
The subplot focuses on the families of the men and their struggle to stay hopeful Maria Bello, plays strong in spirit wife of McLoughlin Donna. She has all her kids to protect and stay strong for while she desperately realizes she may never see her husband again whom she feels she hasn’t loved to her capacity. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Pena’s pregnant wife Allison Jimeno and does a terrific job. She appears to be less strong than Bello’s character but in fact is holding her whole life together with thoughts of her husband.
World Trade Center was a very different movie to what I was expecting to watch after seeing the description on Netflix. I would highly recommend this film to everyone regardless of the type of movie genre you usually watch as it has elements of them all.
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