World Trade Center

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World Trade Center: Pieces of Hope to Help Us Remember

Aug 9, 2006
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Pros:Powerful and emotional, this is a story worth telling

Cons:Brought back some difficult memories of an unimaginable tragedy

The Bottom Line: Not your typical Oliver Stone movie- will be appreciated by all


There was a day in history that no one in our lifetime will ever forget. And yet, as the days go by, details become more vague and the intense emotions seem to dissipate slightly. But then all of a sudden, in two hours and forty minutes, that day is relived with such frightening clarity and boldness that I have been immediately reminded that we can never forget September 11, 2001. Oliver Stone has seen to that with his latest film, World Trade Center.

I still have not seen Flight 93 for several reasons. For one, I fly a lot and what those victims (more like heroes) went through, I feel might be too much for me to handle. I also have been hesitant to have to relive that infamous day, when it was all you could see everywhere you looked for what seemed like forever. But when I saw previews for World Trade Center, I knew this was a movie that I had to see. Even though it was quite difficult to sit through, I do believe that it was well worth it.

Although the previews did not look like an Oliver Stone movie to me, I was still leery that it might get into more of a conspiracy theory/political message than I could handle while watching such a delicate subject. Contrary to all other experiences with Oliver Stone movies, World Trade Center hit hard and deep in a way that anyone with even an ounce of human compassion could feel. I was also a little leery that this movie would be too much for me to handle as I thought Flight 93 would. It almost was.

World Trade Center tells the story of two New York policemen who were rescued after the collapse of the buildings the morning of September 11, 2001, based upon true events. It is a story that hits some serious nerves. That people can be so loving and giving and good in times when the world needs real heroes, it’s a very comforting feeling and a message that rings loud and clear with this movie. At the same time, the destruction and loss that was spread over New York and in many ways, over the United States of America is also shown in a very serious tone.

If I think about it, I can remember the exactly where I was at and what I was doing when I found out about the World Trade Center attacks. And yet, I had almost forgotten about the confusion and chaos that seemed to follow the days to come. Stone captures that brilliantly and brings you right back to those days where there was nothing on television but coverage of Ground Zero. The sadness comes back to me immediately and yet, I feel comforted in knowing that we, as a nation, have still been able to move forward from this tragedy.

While World Trade Center is ultimately a story about hope and survival, it takes a hard look at what many people have either tried to forget or don’t remember- that day that America really stood still. Even though I think this is probably one of the most (if not the most) important films of the year, I do not believe it is an appropriate film for children under thirteen. This movie is not make-believe and children shouldn’t think that it is so. I suppose it is up to the parent’s discretion what their children see, but to me, World Trade Center is too intense for young children and it will take a lot out of you to see it. But prepare yourself and go in with a Kleenex and a hand to hold afterwards.

World Trade Center was dedicated to all those who gave their time, effort, love and lives during this horrendous tragedy that unfortunately had to occur in our lifetime. Oliver Stone has done a tremendous job documenting it and has definitely left his mark in a way that will speak to everyone The cast, including Nicholas Cage, Michael Pena (of Crash fame), Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal was excellent and even though they were all well-known actors, that was insignificant to the characters they portrayed. The script and directing were so vividly real that the actors only enhanced the scenes. I would highly recommend this movie, but be aware, you will leave with a heavy heart in memory of September 11th.



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