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9/11 - The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition
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THIS HEARTFELT DOCUMENTARY WAS CREATED AND PERSONALLY SUPERVISED BY THE AWARD-WINNING FRENCH FILMMAKERS JULES & GEDEON NAUDET WHO SIMPLY SET OUT TO MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT A ROOKIE NEW YORK CITY FIREMAN FROM ENGINE 7, LADDER 1 AND ENDED UPFILMING AN EVENT THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER.
Originally broadcast on CBS in March 2002, 9/11 is an extraordinary record of that fateful day in New York City. This one-of-a-kind documentary was originally conceived as a portrait of 21-year-old Tony Benetatos, a firefighter trainee at Manhattan's Duane Street firehouse, located seven blocks from the World Trade Center. By the time filming was finished, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet had captured history in the making, including the only image of the first jetliner striking Tower 1, and the only footage from within the tower as it collapsed. This is not, however, a film about the murderous nightmare of terrorism. It's the ultimate rite-of-passage drama, more immediate and meaningful than any fiction film could be, with Benetatos and his supportive colleagues emerging as heroes of the first order. Sensitively narrated by codirector and fellow firefighter James Hanlon, 9/11 will endure forever as a tribute to those, living and dead, who witnessed hell on that sunny Tuesday morning. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Much of this film is spent focusing on dialogue and this person fighting with that person, learning why <name of said person> hates this or that in their life and at times where action should be taken, they’re still continuing to talk when time is of the essence. But as time drew on things became more intense and I was sucked into the movie and my heart began breaking all over again for the people who experienced this for real. I put Charlie Sheen’s questionable choices aside and can truly say he actually did a decent job in this movie, especially towards the end, in my opinion.
I bumped to 4 stars because even though much of this film contained stuff that was blatantly unnecessary inessential - I had to realize that this film was not made for “entertainment value”, but to give us an example of what happened from a perspective we haven’t really seen. I’ve read several 9/11 books, watched every non-conspiracy related documentary and raw personal footage that I’ve come across and have only gained minimal information on what those people trapped in elevators experienced. This film allowed access to that, hence the addition of stars.
Also, despite knowing the outcome, this film will still make you cry in the end.