World Trade Center Reviews
"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.
Whilst it doesn?t share with us anything that we haven?t already heard, it does show us what happened from an inside view and from the families on the outside waiting to hear. The realisation is, that there were so many familiar stories here this just showed an insight to two..
I have to be honest here and say, as a story of course it?s something that has affected people worldwide and no-one will forget the events of that day. As a film, however, it?s incredibly dark visually and extremely drawn out. There were times I was so bored I wasn't going to stay with it, but kept in there until the end..
Really well acted and it jst shows how horrible it must have been in new york and for all those people it is very tearjerking towards the end so it shows how well it was done!!
It was as if Stone was actually present at the WTC and took footage. Naturally the scene was recreated using special effects and a studio but the effect and danger was undeniably immersive to viewers.
Thumbs up should be given to the screenwriters for faithfully capturing police lingo/language which effectively was not understood by many...which should be.
Still some viewers complained about the use of music, especially with the moment of Nicolas Cage being pulled out from the rubble. The music sounded "too triumphant", especially considering the overall impact of the tragedy.
Made from the point of view of 2 port authority workers who get trapped under the World trade centre and how they coped until rescued.