World Trade Center

  1. Warning: do NOT see this film if you aren't ready to re-live September 11, 2001. It is utterly too realistic, if not overly graphic, and you will find yourself listening to Tom Brokaw's reporting and CNN's footage as if the past five years had never happened.

    "World Trade Center" takes us on a journey inside the screaming hell that was 9/11, a masterful film that feels very little like a movie and very much like being plunked down in the middle of a nightmare world. It starts out with the mundane---a Port Authority cop rising at 0330 for his day shift, a look inside a subway packed with workers, a commuter turning up Brooks & Dunn's "Only in America" as he drives into the city. Then we see the shadow of a jet plane cross a sunlit building, followed swiftly by a deafening explosion and the shuddering of ground and concrete walls...........and the horror begins.

    Whatever politicians and pundits may think about "9/11 movies", this one brings it all home, including the feeling of being sucker-punched in the solar plexus that I remember so well as I watched the towers crumble on live television. The fact that the film ends on a upbeat note does not negate the overall sensation of helplessness and horror we all experienced that morning; but it does recall the fierce national pride so many of us felt in the days and weeks that followed, without giving into the obvious temptation to point fingers at our leadership for going off to Iraq rather than avenging the thousands who died in the 9/11 attacks.

    It is an incredible film, done incredibly well by a man known more for his conspiracy theories than his filmmaking skills. Go see it.......if you dare.

  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   WickedRedRN
    Thank you for your thoughts and the info. I do think we will go see it. Hubby wanted to go see the Flight 93 movie that was just out, and at the last minute I backed out (I believe I talked him into going to see Underworld Evolutions instead) I just did not think I could sit through the emotions that night.

    For this film I will mentally prep myself as best I can. I still have trouble watching some of the documentaries on 9/11, although they catch my eyes and draw me into them, much like the horror of that day, I could not turn away from it.

    So many unanswered questions in my mind that I suppose I will never understand. But I will NEVER forget. Ever.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I think it is important that these films were made (WTC and Flight 93).

    It is important to remember.

    Thanks Marla.

  5. by   jenn_rn_nj
    I have very mixed feelings about this movie in general. I'm not a movie buff to begin with but that's beside the point.

    For me, the event is still to recent - personally, I'm not ready to see any movies regarding 9/11. I'd rather watch a documentary about the event - and even those are tough to watch to this day.

    I want to know what Hollywood is doing with regard to the people affected by 9/11. Are any donations being made from the profits or anything like that? I dunno to me it seems a little inappropriate.
  6. by   Gompers
    Thank you for your review. I think I NEED to see this movie. I missed all the news coverage that day.

    I was just waking up when the planes crashed on September 11th, and my shift ran from 11am-11pm that day. I watched a few minutes of CNN while I got ready, then listened to newsradio my whole ride in to work. But when I got there, I found that my primary baby had just come back from surgery and was circling the drain after coding on the table. It took me three hours to even get a blood pressure on him, and even then it was only 14/9. That shift was probably the busiest and scariest one I've had in my eight years as an RN, and I'm just talking about my nursing care. Many of my coworkers took their breaks in the waiting room and doctors call rooms to watch TV, but I barely had time to choke down a Diet Coke that day. When I finally finished charting and left, it was almost 1am. When I got home, I went to my room, turned on CNN, and finally let what happened hit me. As physically and emotionally exhausted as I was from the traumas of my day, I cried because it was nothing compared to what the people of New York were going through. It was like a nightmere, that day. It didn't feel real, from the second I woke up and got the news until the time I cried myself to sleep.
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    I've been trying to get tickets but it's been sold out for the past few days.

    I agree with Steph - it's important that these films be made.
    What happened was terrible.
    But even in the depths of horror, we need to find the nugget to hang onto.

    I felt the same way when Spielberg made Schindler's List - anyone who has seen the Ghetto Massacre suerly had knots in their stomach. But I believe the underlying message of the movie was so powerful, it shone through the abject suffering, misery and tyranny.

    My humble thoughts anyway.
  8. by   Grace Oz
    Personally for me, it's too soon for this film. As well as others who died that day, many Australians lost their lives in those buildings. I'm all for recording history, but somehow the making of this film so soon after the terrible events, doesn't gel with me as history recording. More like commercialism. I for one, will not be going to see this film.
  9. by   nursemary9

    Thanks so much for your review. I agree that these films should be made.
    My husband I both feel that we definitely want to see this film--but not in the theaters--we will wait until the DVD comes out and see it together in our home.
    We feel that this is where we need to be during viewing this. We both watched almost all of the news that day and many days after. It is all still pretty fresh and painful in our minds. I, too, feel that we need to remember this!!

    mary Ann
  10. by   DDRN4me
    thanks, Marla for the review. I am sure that i want, even need to see it but just cant right now, especially in a public movie theater. One of my dds friends fathers was in one of the planes; as well as someone i used to work with. I think, like Mary Ann,. i will wait for the dvd and watch it in my home where i can walk away or turn it off if need be. I do agree that films like this need to be made. My sis in law is a history teacher, as well as my brother, and both have said that 10 yrs from now they will need to use films such as this t o show thier classes the real horror that existed..just as Roy , mentioned Schindlers list, as well as Vietnam movies . Mary
  11. by   christymwinn
    I am glad that it was made. I know what happened was horrible and yes it was a tragedy!!! I was addicted to the news for weeks because I had to know what was going on to help make myself believe it!!
    i think if we don't have these, then some people do tend to "forget" or decrease the importance of what really happened!! It has been happening for years with the holocaust and it is already happening with 9/11. I think that is just as much of a tragedy to "forget" what happened that day!! I know it may be too soon for somepeople and i really do understand that, but i think also at the other end that some people need this too. I for one will definitely see it, but i haven't decided about whether to see it in the theatre or at home.
  12. by   compassion1
    If I see this, I'll wait to see it at home, too. I definately agree with Mary Ann and Mary. I want a chance to pause it if it gets too intense for me. I did enough crying, at the time, for those lost and the families that they left behind to mourn. I can't handle the raw emotion, this soon, of those horrible days and weeks. But I do see the need for this movie, especially for those too young or not yet born, so they can see the horror and senselessness of terror and war.
  13. by   suzy253
    I don't think I can see it. I was only about 25-30 miles away when the Towers were hit on 9/11. Even clips I see on TV still disturb me.
  14. by   dianah
    I can't see it. I can't watch Schindler's List. Too raw.