World Trade Center (2006)



Critic Consensus: As a visually stunning tribute to lives lost in tragedy, World Trade Center succeeds unequivocally, and it is more politically muted than many of Stone's other works.

Movie Info

Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Andrea Berloff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2007
Box Office: $70.2M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as John McLoughlin

as Will Jimeno

as Allison Jimeno

as Donna McLoughlin

as Scott Strauss

as Dominick Pezzulo

as Dave Karnes

as Inspector Fields

as Steven McLoughlin

as JJ McLoughlin

as Erin McLoughlin

as Caitlin McLoughlin

as Antonio Rodrigues

as Christopher Amoroso

as Officer Colovito

as Officer Giraldi

as Officer Polnicki

as Officer Washington

as Donna's Neighbor

as Judy Jonas

as Allison's Mother

as Port Authority Offic...

as Lt. Kassimatis

as Homeless Addict

as Street Hood No. 2

as Port Authority Hustl...

as Desk Cop

as 9th Avenue Hooker

as Bleeding Woman

as WTC Desk Officer

as Officer Reynolds

as Fire Fighter in Conc...

as Wisconsin Cop

as Allison's Co-Worker

as Volunteer Fireman

as Karen Jimeno

as Sgt. King

as Officer Boel

as Bianca Jimeno

as Karnes' Pastor

as Accountant in Karnes...

as Pat McLoughlin

as Allison's Father

as Allison's Grandmothe...

as William Jimeno Sr

as Emma Jimeno

as Marine Sergeant Thom...

as Fire Chief at Ground...

as Chuck Sereika
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Critic Reviews for World Trade Center

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (50)

(Director Oliver) Stone has concentrated on one of the catastrophe's stories and has fashioned it well -- with almost palpable physical detail, and with performances that never sink to exploitation.

October 26, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

Destiny pervades the project, and anyone who expected Stone to toe anything other than the company line was gravely mistaken.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A questioning artist neutering himself for the sake of uplift

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

A tentative mixture of tearjerker and disaster movie, cautious due to the requirement that it bear witness to the true-life heroism, staying within the tonal range that is sanctioned for American films depicting 9/11.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008

World Trade Center is not a great film. It barely passes as a good one. For a film that should have hollowed out its audience, I walked out strangely unmoved.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

For all its noble intent the film brings to celluloid life makes just about every fear anyone had about a Hollywood treatment of the 9/11 tragedy.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007

Audience Reviews for World Trade Center

Will Jimeno: Don't fall asleep, Sarge! 

"A True Story of Courage and Survival."

World Trade Center is a sad, moving film from Oliver Stone that tells the story from a couple of cops and their families point of view. The film isn't necessarily a thrilling movie to watch in standard terms, but there is a great sense of suspense, especially if you don't know what happens. It's hard to watch at times because the emotions seem so real, but there's no way you'll look away from the screen. This is a story that needed to be told and thankfully it was. 

Port Atlantic cops respond to a plane flying into the World Trad Center. There's rumors amongst them that the second building got hit too, but none of them know for sure what is going on. The sergeant decides to take a team into tower one to try to save anyone they can, but as soon as they are about to go up, something happens. They don't really know what, but it leaves most of the team dead and a few of them trapped beneath the rubble. The only way they can survive is by trying to stay awake until someone finds them beneath all of the rubble.

This isn't Oliver Stone's best movie, but it is just like most of his, in that it is extremely important. You'd be surprised to see that Stone doesn't take a political stance on the attacks, which really surprised me the first time I saw it. Instead, he shows us that day from the vantage point of a few cops and they didn't really have any idea what was going on. We almost relive the day as we watch news footage and see everyone crying. It's not a movie about the attacks, but a movie about two cops and their fight for survival. 

The cast brings out the most in this movie. I know everyone has their own opinion on Nicholas Cage, but I thought this was one of his best roles in the last 10 years or so. Also, another standout is Michael Shannon as an un-active marine that makes his way to Ground Zero to try to find any survivors. The movie is told with a true sense of humanity and caring about others lives even when it could cost them theirs. World Trade Center is a movie that everyone needs to see once.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

This is one of Oliver Stone's best films. Although not as powerful as United 93, World Trade Center tells the courageous true story of two firemen, John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno Two Port Authority officers that were stuck in the debris of the World Trade Center upon the collapse of the towers on September 11, 2001. World Trade Center is good drama that tells the human side of these atrocious acts. Nick Cage is surprisingly good here, compared to his other efforts. Although not as powerful as United 93, which in my opinion is the definitive film on the 9/11 attacks, this is nonetheless a must see film with great performances, a good cast, good directing and a powerful true story. This is of course a hard film to watch, one that will stay with you long after you've seen it. I thought the film played well on the dramatic elements of this real life tragedy without overdoing it. Oliver Stone has struggled with making good films, but this one is one of his best efforts since The Doors and Natural Born Killers. The film is a human story, which in away sort of echoes Stone's Platoon, in the sense it shows the chaos for what it is. But the difference is, is that World Trade Center has a deeper sense of inspiration, a heart within the chaos unfolding on-screen. This ranks among Oliver Stone's best films.A truly unique film, this is a film that will stay with you from start to finish.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Very sad as it is true story about the collapse of the Twin Towers. It follows two policemen who are trapped in the basement of one of the towers. Stars Nicholas Cage. There was controversy when the movie came out stating it was too soon after 9/11.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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