Therein lies the problem with this film; it does not deliver the immense emotional response based on the quality of the film, but more so the horrid nature of the events portrayed within it. It feels more like half of a great film than anything else, crawling to a close with a mix of untimely humor and drawn out sentimental moments.
The performances are all solid, especially that of Michael Pena, but I found a hard time connecting with the two men. I felt less like I was watching what really happened and more like I was watching two professional actors half-heartedly reenact what happened. I guess, in short, the second part of the film felt less real, therefore it was less impactful.
But that is not to say that you should not go see this film. I believe that it is a film that needs to be seen by many, if only but to understand the terror that these men experienced. It serves as a reminder of what happened and how that day was created by such evil and ended by bringing out the best of humanity.
Stone’s film is in many ways a testament to the people involved and their triumphs, rather than the political nature of the events, which is something that should be greatly appreciated.
If you see World Trade Center, you can expect it to bring back all of the gruesome reality of 9/11 and it delivers a very heartfelt message in the end, but don’t expect it to change your life. It is a good film, and the emotional effect is driven by the fresh recollection that we all have of that tragic day. I would recommend it, and even though it does not tell it well, its story is still one that needs to be seen.
Release Date: August 9, 2006
The first half of the film is a chilling reminder of the most tragic event in American history. The second half of the film just doesn’t pack the same emotional punch. Either way, it is a film that we should all see.