Sunday, August 13, 2006
Movie Reviews: WORLD TRADE CENTER
WORLD TRADE CENTER
This docudrama tells the story of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin (Nic Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, after they went in to help people escape.
Cast Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Jude Ciccolella, Patti D'Arbanville, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frank Whaley (more)
Director(s) Oliver Stone
Writer(s) Andrea Berloff
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Dramas, Terrorism, Tragedy, New York City, 9/11
Release Date Aug. 9, 2006
MPAA Rating PG-13 - for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language.
Oliver Stone directing a 9-11 movie could have been a big disaster, especially considering StoneÃ¢s last horror show, Alexander. Thankfully, Stone does the subject matter justice and gives it the sense of reverence and respect it deserves. Stone restrains himself from going overboard with any directorial excess that have littered his past few films. He does make this very large and tragic event become extremely personal by focusing the movie more on the wives of Port Authority officers who survived. In doing this, the audience is exposed to the anger and confusion for those left wondering what had happened to their loves ones on that terrible day. Maria Bello really shine in this movie, her performance is incredibly moving and real. I was a little wary of Nicolas CageÃ¢s New Yorker accent but it wasnÃ¢t nearly as distracting as I imagined it would be. His performance is controlled and never over the top. Michael Pena also does a fine job as Will Jimeno, conveying both the terror and undying hope the real person experienced. World Trade Center is a poignant moving tribute to the heroes of 9-11 and defiantly worth watching.