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Review: World Trade Center

by Ariel (editor), Venice, CA, August 18, 2006


I saw World Trade Center by Oliver Stone last Friday at the Loews Marina on Maxella Ave.

I was quite excited about seeing this movie because I usually like Oliver Stone's movies and I was very curious to see what he would do with such a sensitive topic. Unlike most of my friends I found the trailers pretty promising and it's for this reason that I dragged my reluctant girlfriend to the theater to make my own opinion.

My first surprise was to see that the theater was rather empty for a first Friday night and a movie dealing with 9/11 starring Nicolas Cage. Anyways, on to the actual movie.

The attack of the twin towers occurs very soon after the beginning of the movie and is seen from the point of view of different officers of the PAPD. The state of confusion created by the attack is pretty well described and reaches its apex when the first tower collapses burying Nicolas Cage and Michael Penna under the remains of the WTC. The rest of the movie deals with the psychological challenge faced by the two main characters, fighting for their lives, constantly fearing of being crushed by a sudden crumbling of their fragile prison of concrete. Although they can't see each other, they know that their only chance to survive is to talk to stay awake.
The movie ends with their rescue which was made possible thanks to the help of a former US marine who decided to go help finding survivors when he heard about the attack.

I was clearly very disappointed by the movie. I found it very simplistic and full of clichés. I was expecting more depth, something more visually striking, and less ridiculous scenes such as that supposedly funny one where Nicolas Cage's wife blames him for not finishing his work in the kitchen. I'll remember this one for a long time!

On the other hand, Stone did a good job depicting the amazing work of the hundreds of rescuers who did their best to save the lives of the unlikely survivors of this tragic page in the history of America.

Overall, I'm undeniably disappointed but can very well see how this kind of movie is important and had to be made, simply to remind us of how abominable and grand humanity can be.

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