“World Trade Center”

Friday, August 11, 2006 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Movies | 1 Comment

On Wednesday I saw Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center movie. The film tells the harrowing story of two Port Authority police officers who were trapped under the rubble of the twin towers when they were destroyed on September 11, 2001. For those who are still sensitive about 9/11, I would advise not seeing the film until they are more comfortable. In any event, Stone stays away from gratitutious shots of falling bodes and flaming debris. There are, however, a few instances showing injured people running from the towers and news footage of the trade towers collapsing.

The movie displays no political viewpoint or hidden agenda, but rather factually explains what John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), the last two officers pulled alive from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, went through and talked about during their 24 hours buried in the rubble. Cage and Pena do a fantastic job portraying the emotions of the two men.

Once the towers fall, Stone switches between the two trapped men and their grieving wives, played by Maria Bello and a very convincing Maggie Gyllenhaal. Bello plays Donna McLoughlin, wife of John McLoughlin while Gyllenhaal is Allison Jimeno.

In the end, World Trade Center is a powerful and moving film. I highly recommend it. This movie is a must see, and will probably pick up some Oscar nods this year.

Some official reviews can be found at Rotten Tomatoes and Google.

Lastly, here’s the official trailer:


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  1. I have a problem just looking at the picture you posted. I will not be able to view the movie, and agree with this post and advice. I am currently reading a book about Cantor Fitzgerald and the days following 9/11. While the masses contemplate the damages I am busy working on the structure of one sculpture whose soul expression is grief. Keep checking my blog periodically for a private page…(9/11) if you desire access to this when it’s up just email me.

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