World Trade Center

I’m a little tired today because I stayed up late last night watching Oliver Stone’s, World Trade Center. I actually started watching the movie a few weeks ago, and never finished it. As you can imagine, it’s quite an intense film. I’ve now watched both of the first movies made about the 9/11 terrorist attack. About a month ago, on my day off, I watched United 93. When I heard about each of these films, I must admit that I was quite skeptical about their release. First, I felt like it might trivialize those terrible tragedies. Second, I was worried that they would be received as “political statements” that might polarize audiences. Just as an aside, I don’t mind films that make “political statements” but I really didn’t feel like that would be appropriate given the subject matter.

What I can say is that both films overwhelmed my expectations and to the best of the medium’s ability, captured the horrific moments surrounding September 11th. At the same time, they portrayed in a way that I did not think was possible, the excellence of humanity that was displaced in the midst of those tragedies. So, if you’ve been thinking about seeing the films, I’d strongly recommend both of them. They are not easy to watch. They will take you back to moments that you would probably rather forget, but they are a wonderful reminder of what we value the most; family, friends, and the life we share with them.

3 Responses to “World Trade Center”

  1. SteveHeyduck says:

    I agree. Well, at least half – I haven’t seen Fligth 93.

    I did, for reasons I cannot recall, see World Trade Center in the theater in the first couple of weeks after it’s release.

    I was deeply moved by the movie, and remember walking to my car with a profound appreciation for the story as told by Oliver Stone.

  2. I’m the opposite.

    I saw Unite 93 a couple months ago. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I saw the humanity in both parties involved.

    I never saw World Trade Center. I’m not sure I want to. Cage’s mustache offends me.

  3. Dave Brower says:

    I have seen United 93 and I can say that it was very hard to watch.

    I thought it did an amazing job of capturing what it may have been like on the flight.

    The scene that was most moving for me was where all the people on the flight were calling loved ones on the airphones. I did get a little choked up putting myself in their shoes.

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