Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Maria Bello, Connor Paolo, Anthony Piccininni, Alexa Gerasimovich, Morgan Flynn, Will Jimeno, Armando Riesco, Jay Hernandez, Jon Bernthal, Nicolas Cage, William Jimeno, Nick Damici
I went with friends to see this movie last night. There will of course inevitably be films made about 9-11 and they will no doubt take many different approaches in telling their stories. This film, the second major effort at depicting the 9-11 attacks, approaches the story head-on, literally from Ground Zero, from the viewpoint of some of those most directly involved in the incident: Rescue Workers. The fact that this film was directed by Oliver Stone was/is a surprise. The film is benign in the sense that it does not postulate about what happened that day and why, which is not your typical Stone movie. Instead, it takes its time telling an intimate story about a group of Rescue Workers caught up in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers and their battle to survive/escape an unimaginable hell.
The film works because Stone takes the time to flush out his characters; we genuinely care about these people and feel their emotions as things turned from bad to worse that day. Cage, Bello, Pena, et.al. play their roles all right, making us aware that 9-11 affected “ordinary people” and caused them to perform in an extraordinary way. But Cage especially did some over-acting in this film.
All in all, an OK film. While it is big-budgeted and full of big names, it simply tells one of MANY stories to be told on that day effectively and faithfully.