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World Trade Center [DVD]


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  • Actors: Maria Bello, Connor Paolo, Anthony Piccininni, Alexa Gerasimovich, Morgan Flynn
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Oliver Stone, Moritz Borman, Debra Hill, Michael Shamberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZMO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,814 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster, hope is still alive. Refusing to bow down to terrorism, rescuers and family of the victims press forward. Their mission of rescue and recovery is driven by the faith that under each piece of rubble, a co-worker, a friend, a family member may be found. This is the true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, the last two survivors ext racted from Ground Zero and the rescuers who never gave up.

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Set in the aftermath of the tragic attack on New York’s Twin Towers, World Trade Center is a carefully constructed, respectful and dignified tribute the acts of heroism on that terrible day. It follows the real-life story of John McLoughlin and William J Jimeno, two Port Authority officers trapped amidst the rubble and chaos of September 11th. The film spends time with them, those trying to rescue them and their families, as their story hauntingly unfolds, and what emerges is a focused, human story, compellingly told.

Surprisingly, World Trade Center’s director is Oliver Stone, whose back catalogue is a mixture of provocative, controversial and challenging films. Here, he wisely pulls back, choosing to let the story unfold with little intervention. His direction is clever and underplayed, which serves to enhance the feeling of claustrophobia and emotion. It’s Stone’s best film in some time, even if it rarely feels like he’s the man behind the camera.

He’s helped by some fine turns from his cast, led by Nicolas Cage and Maria Bello, and while there’s an argument that the screenplay could use a little pruning, World Trade Center is nonetheless a strong piece of work. True, Paul Greengrass’ stunning, devastating United 93 is a superior film, but in this case, that’s beside the point. Because World Trade Center is still an important, well made film in its own right, and one that deserves, and perhaps needs, to be seen.--Simon Brew

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 16 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It's not an easy task to make a film about a very recent human tragedy with such a large number of innocent people having lost their lives, even more so if the event is still relatively fresh in people's minds.

Upon hearing Oliver Stone had taken the director's chair I wasn't expecting a wildly over the top "JFK" type film with tons of conspiracy theories thrown in (that could have backfired and possibly not worked for an audience). But I did expect more from Stone and he's gone down the ultra conservative path of not raising any questions about the attacks at all. I wouldn't have been surprised if the film studio would not have gone for a more energetic and asking questions type production (I am sure they will come later one as time passes), but this looks like it hit George W's desk and got the rubber stamp of approval.

Even taking all this into account the script is unexciting, the cast merely passable at best and nothing realty stands out from the film at all. Despite being based on a true story Stone fails to deliver.

The story follows John McLoughlin (Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Peña) who are port authority police officers who arrive at the scene, after co-ordinating rescue efforts and helping people they eventually become trapped and against all odds manage to survive.

Cast wise it's ok but I'm not a fan of Cage in roles like this he's better suited mostly to lighter work, we get some decent supporting cast members too Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Dorff, Maria Bello, but they're hamstrung with a script that is uninteresting and contrived.

I'm not marking the film down for it's lack of edge or wild theories there is nothing wrong with a very human and personal true story esp with such a tragic event.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ted Nalbantian on 26 April 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If this film was about anything else, maybe I would give it a bad review. But because of the subject matter I was moved to tears. I was watching it on my computer (I have a Bluray/HdDvD combo drive) and had to pause a few times to get control over myself (the brief shot of a person jumping out of a WTC window was one such scene). The film does a good job of reminding you the significance of 9/11 as one of the most depressing days in recent memory. I'm not a knee-jerk patriotic type, but I still found it difficult to keep myself from being affected by the power of the memories of that day. (I'm American but I have lived in the U.K. for a long time).

In terms of the Blu-Ray quality, there were some pretty good scenes but overall it didn't really stand out from a picture clarity standpoint. I haven't seen the DVD version though, so I can't say whether it is any better. I can't unhesitantly recommend it on picture quality though, so I suggest you rent it first to decide whether you want to add it to your permanent collection.
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By M. McManus VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
This is the first film made about 9/11, and obviously it was going to be very hard. The film tells the story of two men, one a police officer and the other a fire fighter, who both find themselves trapped in the WTC rubble following its collapse. The events of the day such as the planes hitting the towers, and the suicide jumps of trapped office workers are worked into the film very early on, but after the collapse, the film focus largely goes back and forth around the families of the men who are trapped (particularly the police officers pregnant wife) and the two trapped men, who desperately try to urge each other on to survive, often one pulling the other back from the brink of despair.

The film does not have many weaknesses, although I felt one or two scenes when the men are trapped were over dramatic, such as when a police officers gun for no apparent reason starts to fire off rounds, or when fireballs fall through the rubble narrowly missing the men, with no explanation offered as to where they came from. These overly dramatic and not very believable elements spoiled what should have been a total focus on the mental and emotional state of the two men and their families. When the film stays on these themes, it is at its strongest, and is a good film, albeit not a world beater. You will like it if you are interested in the events of the day, but more casual film fans may not be particularly impressed by it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jim 8888 on 18 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
I got the impression in this movie that Oliver Stone wanted to say something about 9/11 but still doesn't know what that is. He used to be great at posing an opinion, but this film seems to stagger around in a daze picking through a rubble of ideas. I found it to be quite harrowing in places, espescially as the men buried alive struggled to accept their fate. I also felt it portrayed the bravery of the rescue teams really well. But the biggest flaw was one of boredom. My finger hovered over the fast-forward button as we had yet another pseudo-philosophical dialogue over What Is Happening to America? I expect a bit more from Oliver Stone, and I should have been warned when I saw that Nicolas Cage was the lead. That man can ham it up, even when buried immobile under concrete for the majority of the film. Disappointing, unmoving and ultimately dull.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Carder on 15 April 2007
Format: DVD
Very dissapointing. I know it is based on true events. So much happened on that day, they should of shown a bit more from the other heroes of the day. Very long winded and not quite sure what they were trying to achieve with this film. Alot of people lost there lifes trying to help, and I have seen better documentaries.
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