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World Trade Center (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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"World Trade Center is a film about heroism and the best in all of us," raves Good Morning Americas Joel Siegel. Academy Award winner, Nicolas Cage stars in the unforgettable true story of the courageous rescue and survival of two Port Authority policemen who were trapped in the rubble on September 11, 2001 after they volunteered to go in and help. Academy Award winning director, Oliver Stone reveals an intimate look at the events of the day as seen through the eyes of the survivors, their families and their rescuers
Regardless of whether it was "too early" in 2006 to dramatize the events of September 11th, 2001, World Trade Center succeeds as a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who served at "ground zero" in the wake of terrorist attacks on the WTC's twin towers in New York City. Removed from the politics of war and terrorism (yet still, like all films, inherently political in expressing its point of view), Oliver Stone's potent drama focuses on the nightmarish ordeal, and subsequent rescue, of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Peña), who were buried deeply within the rubble of the WTC after the twin towers collapsed. Granted, it's only the film's historical context that distinguishes it from any other dramatic rescue story, but in focusing on the goodness of humanity in response to the evil of terrorists who remain unnamed and off-screen, Stone and first-time screenwriter Andrea Berloff create an emotional context as powerful as anything Stone has directed since Platoon. Even as he resorts to some questionable tactics typically lacking in subtlety, Stone refrains from much of the blunt-force filmmaking that has made him a critical punching bag, rising to this challenging occasion with a heartfelt and deeply American portrait of unity personal, familial, and national. Flaws and all, World Trade Center serves an honorable purpose, reminding us all that for those fleeting days in September 2001, America showed its best face to a sympathetic world. --Jeff Shannon
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 097361199740
- Director : Oliver Stone
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 9 minutes
- Release date : June 3, 2008
- Actors : Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Connor Paolo
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Chantal Feghali, Debra Hill
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B000JMK6LM
- Writers : Allison Jimeno, Andrea Berloff, Donna McLoughlin, John McLoughlin, William Jimeno
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #170,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's uncomfortable to watch this film and be reminded of the unforgettable tragedy of 9/11. But it's well done, and it focuses on the good people who responded. As we see in the end credits, nearly 3,000 people died, over 300 of whom were firefighters, cops, and Port Authority employees. Sadly, only 20 people were pulled out alive.
You would think an Oliver Stone movie about 9/11 would be over-the-top conspiracy stuff like _JFK_ and _Nixon_.
But this is a film that focuses on people and their families and guarantees tears. Maybe it's overly sentimental, but didn't we all cry when 9/11 happened?
Nicholas Cage and Michael Pena turn in great performances as two Port Authority cops who are trying to help evacuate the North Tower. When the building collapses, they are buried in the rubble. Michael Shannon is also excellent as a U.S. Marine who feels a calling to help in the rescue efforts and discovers the two cops.
I was a newspaper editor in 2001, and I personally knew and interviewed two of the heroic New York firemen who spent the most hours at ground zero, trying to dig out survivors. But most of the people they dug out were dead.. Both of these young men eventually became disabled with lung disease, and I'm not sure if they're still alive today.
Even though I went through a few tissues watching this film, my ultimate reaction was anger toward the heartless terrorists who did this. A Wisconsin police officer in the film who volunteers to help with the recovery calls them "bastards." That says it all.
Very well done.... from the directing to the acting and all the talent and labor of each person involved in this movie. Thanks, Amazon for offering this.
I had feared it was just another 'disaster movie',
No. It is not just another disaster movie. I hadn't realized until after I had watched it that it was an Oliver Stone movie.
As with some of his other movies, it puts you 'in the moment' there with the characters, and I feel it captures as close to the reality as could be accomplished for the big screen.
I had to read some of the one star reviews after watching the movie, and each that I read was because the customer either had purchased the DVD and it didn't play, or had paid for it yet couldn't watch it.
None of those I read referred to the movie itself, but I didn't read them all, I don't think.
Besides Cage, there were a couple other familiar faces who weren't too bad, but most of the cast was either unknown are not memorable because they aren't good enough actors to leave an imprint. The movie starts out at a mid-pace, and then 20 minutes in it drops to a dead crawl. After that it's all over the board. The flow is inconsistent, and the scene arrangement seems out of order half the time.
Anyway, just wait until you see the pregnant woman and who her partner is. Out of all the millions of normal couples in New York, they highlight this? So there it is, another thing to not like about this Cage movie. What a shame.
You should pass this one up unless you are very easily distracted.
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The story of two Port Authority policemen trapped in the rubble of the titular World Trade Center is certainly compelling. Indeed, I came to this movie from the excellent Only Plane In The Sky, a book which includes firsthand accounts from the real life protagonists depicted in this film.
But it's also cinematically challenging, as the two key characters are trapped and stationary for a large chunk of the movie, which - whilst handled as well as one might hope it could be - is dramatically somewhat flat or turgid.
To get around this we flit back and forth between the the trapped cops and their friends and family. Whilst Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña are strong as the two trapped and injured men, some of those cast as their family were, for me, less succesful.
And there are also some issues, as far as I'm concerned, with America's whole view of these momentous events. The disconnect between American foreign policy and the 'chickens coming home to roost' aspects of 9/11 are perfectly summed up in a quote from the above mentioned book, in which someone says words to the effect of, 'this sort of thing is supposed to happen in the Middle East, not here'!
As a result of this Ameri-centric blind-spot, an air of injured and affronted innocence dominates the film, and is a kind of corollary to the implicit 'NIMBY' parochialism so often displayed by the people of hubristic imperialist powers.
And in a similar manner, it's annoying that the character of the ex-Marine rescuer who locates our two wounded warriors - an African American - is portrayed by a white actor (Michael Shannon as Dave Carnes). The film-makers claimed they didn't know! That seems fairly implausible - surely they did some research? - and shockingly inept, being both rather insensitive and unfortunate.
Nevertheless, this is a powerful movie about an epoch-making day, and the very human fall-out of history in the making. Flawed, yes, but still well worth watching.
The rescue from such a horrific environment was handled well, with the marines ALMOST missing the pipe banging and shouting from beneath them..the horror of being missed also came across very well. The film would have ended up being hours long if all the issues that I wanted to see incorporated had been covered. Is that a criticism? No far from it. Would I recommend the film? Certainly, but don't pitch your expectations too high and you will be pleasantly suprised. Life from almost certain death? Yes, just a great pity more didn't make it.