Movie Review: World Trade Center: Directed by Oliver Stone With Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ann Coulter See The Film Swallow Your Ve

August 29, 2006 by
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Oliver Stone did a magnificent job of bringing the scale of the terrorist act of 9/11 down to the human level. Prior to this film it was hard to imagine the impact on individual lives because of the immensity of the disaster.

It would be like trying to imagine the human consequences of Pearl Harbor or the bombing of Hiroshima. This picture reveals the human damage by focusing on the fate of two police officers and their families while interspersing their story with the scenes of destruction and rescue that the world saw on television.

The officers are played by Nicolas Cage( John McLoughlin) and Michael Pena (Will Jimeno). Their wives are Maria Bello (Donna McLoughlin) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Allison Jimeno).

The script was written by Andrea Berloff and this is only the second film made by Stone where he didn’t participate in writing the script. He skillfully shows the impact of this event on the lives of the two officers and their wives and children. Stone brings out the officers family life with their wives and children and the things that made life meanful for them. He depicts how this terrorist act savaged those innocent and wholesome lives.

This is a very emotional drama and the sub text is a strong indictment on the men who caused this devastation to these innocent people.

However the film is apolitical in that the strongest words about retribution are spoken by David Karnes a former Marine who hearing of the disaster at his office in Connecticut dressed in his fatigues slipped on to the disaster site and aided in the search for survivors. He is instrumental in finding McLoughlin and Jimeno the 18th and 19th persons to be rescued alive of the last twenty. Michael Shannon plays Karnes and toward the end of the film he voices his intention to reenlist, as there will much work to do to avenge this assault. Karnes in real life did reenlist in the Marines and although the picture shows him as a white man in life he is black.

After seeing the human tragedy of 9/11 so well portrayed by the actors in this film one wonders what level of evil lies in the hearts and minds of the men who caused this terrible scar on the history of humanity.

It has been reported that Osama Bin Laden described the event to and associate as “our good fortune.”

Stone never mentions Bin Laden or shows the Jihadists in the film. Indeed John and Will aren’t sure of what caused the planes to hit the buildings. However the subtext of the film is a very strong indictment of the vicious inhumanity of the perpetrators.

The film also shows the professionalism and the selflessness of the two policemen who go into the burning building along with the other members of their team who were killed.

In all 343 fireman and 23 policemen were killed in the disaster along with thousands of other workers.
Ann Coulter’s Attack On The Widows.

After seeing this film one wonders if Ann Coulter, a forty five year old single woman, would like to swallow her venomous tongue. She said the four activist wives of 9/11 decedents were “self-obsessed” “millionaires” “reveling in their status as celebrities.”

This is contained in references to her new book and was said again obviously said as hype to get publicity for the book on the Today Show. One wonders how far she will go in trying to profit from someone else’s misery.

While the four New Jersey women were not widows of first responders, their grief can be no worse than the concern depicted in the picture. Yet Coulter characterized them in her book, as “These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them. … I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much … the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president … cutting campaign commercials… how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they’d better hurry up and appear in Playboy.”

Coulter further described them on the today show as “These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted like as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing Bush was part of the closure process.”

The crimes these widows are guilty of are being active in encouraging Congress to hold hearings to determine how a similar disaster can be prevented in the future.

This film is a tribute those first responders who selflessly risked body and soul to help those trapped in the building and no amount of money can ever repay them for their sacrifice. This film is an important comment on 9/11 and well worth seeing.



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