Wednesday, August 16, 2006

eyeCandy: World Trade Center (2006) 4/5

World Trade Center is Oliver Stone at his most restrained, and that is a very good thing given the subject material (and a rare quality for his movies, in my humble opinion). Aside from some minor pacing difficulties (partly due to the nature of the dilemma of the characters), I think he has done a fine job with a difficult task.

The film deals with the September 11th tragedy from the point of view of the rescue workers, specifically outlining the stories of two real-life New York Port Authority cops who were trapped in the destruction (Nicolas Cage as Sgt. John McLoughlin and Michael Pena as Officer Will Jimeno, both exceptional performances). [United 93, also based on true events at the time, takes a totally different focus and is also a worthwhile film]

The movie, although spending considerable time with the families of these men and without going into much other detail beyond what was experienced at the site itself, still manages to conjure up an enormous range of emotions in the viewer. From virulent anger at the atrocities committed, to crushing sadness and despair at the effect this had on so many people. However, much to the credit of the filmmakers, the ultimate point put forth here is how the unforgivable evil that was committed was more than matched by the unimaginable heroics of those involved in recovering from its effects. And, to paraphrase the movie, just because it was the right thing to do.

What else can I say - we know this tragedy and the film shows it in another way. It is probably one of the most emotional movies I have ever seen, but it's hard to separate how much of that is watching the movie and how much is remembering what happened. In any case, it is a fitting tribute to the real-life heroes who made it so we all didn't give up hope in humanity entirely.
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8/16/2006 11:30:00 PM  

2 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

"It is probably one of the most emotional movies I have ever seen, but it's hard to separate how much of that is watching the movie and how much is remembering what happened."

And that is, as much as anything, the reason I want to see it…

For all the people questioning whether it's too soon for a movie like this, I think there truly will never be a time that remembering this event won't open some wounds. For me, it's going to serve as a reminder of how fragile our existence is, and more importantly not allow me to forget our great loss that day.

I am glad to hear it was done well, and respectfully.

August 18, 2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger Jeff MacArthur said...

Thanks for your comments, John.

August 20, 2006 10:26 AM  

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