Saturday 11 September 2010
The World Trade Centre (2006)
Directed by Oliver Stone
The movie focuses on minutes after the planes hit the towers and when the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to find and save them.
United 93 (2006)
Cast: J.J Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, Opal Alladin, Starla Benford, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel, David Alan Basche.
Directed by Paul Greengrass
This movie focuses on the flight that didn’t make its target, believed to be the White House (never confirmed) and the passengers that heroically tried to take back control of the plane. The movie, set in real time and tells us of how the passengers learned of the attacks on the towers and the Pentagon, and their decision to do anything they can to overcome the hijackers of flight 93, and their conversations with their families by phone.
I would find it inappropriate to rate these movies or to say which one was the better. What I can say is that these movies never exploit the tragic events, and remain honourable throughout the films contexts.
Director Oliver Stone remains respectful in directing the World Trade Centre as do the cast in portraying the characters involved, equally as the director (Paul Greengrass) and cast in United 93.
Both films become a memorial for the audience allowing us to share, remember and honor the brave events and the hope that survived when so many didn’t on a day that will live on in our memories forever.
They are both emotionally gripping for more than two hours each with very different stories of resolve and strength, in truly strong storytelling fashion, and I personally respect the filmmakers willingness to let these voices that drive both these movies to be heard.
What was you doing that day? Where were you when you first heard of the events unfolding? Have you seen these movies and what do you think? Respectful or exploitation? Leave your comments below!
Posted by Dempsey Sanders at 7:14 pm