August 12, 2006


The Greatness of World Trade Center (Eric Cox, American Enterprise)

Its genius lies in its limited scope. World Trade Center is not a comprehensive account of September 11 but rather focuses on the incredible true story of two Port Authority police officers, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, who were among the twenty people rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center. Both men worked closely with Stone to help recreate what happened to them, and in capturing their extraordinarily harrowing experiences, the film offers not only a new and unique perspective on that particular day, but a universal testament to the indomitable resiliency of the human spirit.

Amazingly, with all the media coverage of the 9-11 attacks, the stories of Jimeno, McLoughlin, and the man who found them buried beneath the burning pile of rubble—a former Marine named Dave Karnes—have remained largely unknown until now.

World Trade Center is a movie about real heroism. Real courage. It isn’t maudlin or sentimental, and at times it is very difficult to watch. Some scenes are terrifying, but not because of blood and gore. There is very little of that in the movie. Instead, Stone makes us experience as much of what Jimeno and McLoughlin went through as can be conveyed on film.

But it is because Stone makes us endure those agonizing scenes in the pit of hell that the movie is in the end so tremendously inspirational. The attacks of 9-11 reminded us of how evil human beings can be. World Trade Center powerfully reminds us of how profoundly good they can be.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2006 11:02 AM

Any bros planning to see this?

Posted by: erp at August 12, 2006 11:51 AM


Posted by: oj at August 12, 2006 11:56 AM

So lemme get this straight... the Hollywood director who sees imaginary conspiracies everywhere makes a movie about the results of a real conspiracy and never bothers to mention it in the entire film? And since he's not giving any real background on the reason these guys are trapped, what exactly distinguishes this from any other "real-life drama" movie that would play on Lifetime?

Considering how Stone has "grown" for so many on the Right, this is just proving P.T.Barnum was right.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 12, 2006 4:05 PM

It's not necessary for him to grow, just try and make a good movie. It will be conservative by default, as folks like Graham Greene and Dalton Trumbo and company have found to their chagrin.

Posted by: oj at August 12, 2006 4:14 PM

My wife and I saw it last night. Very good movie. It's interesting, our memory of the attacks are necessarily colored by what we learned later about the terrorists, their plotting, training and so on. This movie returns the viewer to the immediacy of the events seen from the perspective of first responders located under the WTC. These guys were trying to figure out how to do their jobs in the midst of an unprecedented disaster the scope of which they were still trying to understand. Very well done.

Okay, I just read what I wrote above and now realize why fame and fortune as a movie reviewer continues to elude me. Just see the movie and forget that Oliver Stone was ever involved with it.


Posted by: jefferson park at August 12, 2006 8:31 PM

Jeff, your review is very perceptive. Not wanting to read any of the usual slobbering reviews, I couldn't figure out the angle, but you explained it perfectly.

By confining the action to immediately following the collapse of the towers, it becomes just another exciting disaster movie. Will this film be the first in a series with each one adding a layer of Stone's vivid imagination until the final one ends in Bush's impeachment and conviction for collaborating with the Saudi's in the whole blood for oil meme? Final shot of Cheney in chains being frog marched into a federal prison with AG Lanny Davis smiling his enigmatic smile and POTUS Rodham Clinton crossing out the final item on her old wish list and turning to a clean page to begin a new list.

Ah, to dream the impossible dream.

Posted by: erp at August 13, 2006 1:34 PM