by Jim Emerson
Editor, RogerEbert.com / August 9, 2006
| cast & creditsMcLoughlin: Nicolas Cage
Donna: Maria Bello
Will Jimeno: Michael Pena
Allison: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Scott Strauss: Stephen Dorff
Dominick: Jay Hernandez
Lynn: Patti D'Arbanville
Paramount Pictures presents a film directed by Oliver Stone. Written by Andrea Berloff. Based on the true-life events of John and Donna McLoughlin and Willliam and Allison Jimeno. Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey. Production design by Jan Roelfs. Editing by David Brenner and Julie Monroe. Music by Craig Armstrong. Running time: 125 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language).movie trailerClick to view trailer »?? | Trailers provided by
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''This is not a political film. The mantra is 'This is not a political film.'" -- Oliver Stone, New York Times(July 2, 2006)
"It is one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, God Bless America films you will ever see." -- right-wing syndicated columnist Cal Thomas (July 20, 2006)
"World Trade Center" is about two men who, against all odds, survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. It combines fragments of two movies -- the one that Stone describes above, and the other that Cal Thomas flips over. It is a disaster movieand a feel-good inspirational movie -- both based on true stories -- and that is why I am of two minds about it.
While trapped in the rubble, Port Authority Police Officer Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) talks about a little girl who survived after four days of being buried under debris after an earthquake in Turkey. Which raises the question: What if this were a movie about some other disaster, man-made or natural, real or fictional, instead of about 9/11? Would American moviegoers respond to it any differently than they did to, say, "Poseidon"? Or is the... [continues]
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