World Trade CenterDirector: Oliver Stone
Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peña) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they were struck by airliners piloted by terrorists. Both McLoughlin and Jimeno were inside the fifth building of the World Trade Center when the towers fell, and were two of the last people found alive amidst the wreckage. As McLoughlin and Jimeno struggled to hold on to their lives as rescuers sifted through the rubble, their spouses -- Donna McLoughlin (Maria Bello) and Allison Jimeno (Maggie Gyllenhaal) -- clung to the desperate hope that their husbands would survive and be found. As the McLoughlin and Jimeno families waited for word on the fate of the two men, they watched as a city and a nation came together with strength and compassion in the face of a tragedy. World Trade Center was based on the true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, both of whom cooperated with producers in the making of this film. Producer Debra Hill died during production -- hence the posthumous credit.
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Cast & Crew
|Nicolas Cage||John McLoughlin|
|Michael Peña||Will Jimeno|
|Maggie Gyllenhaal||Allison Jimeno|
|Maria Bello||Donna McLoughlin|
|Stephen Dorff||Scott Strauss|
|Jay Hernandez||Dominick Pezzulo|
|Michael Shannon||Dave Karnes|
|Craig Armstrong||Score Composer|
|Marty Bresin||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Budd Carr||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Michael Dennison||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Norm Golightly||Executive Producer|
|Richard L. Johnson||Art Director|
|Donald J. Lee||Executive Producer|
|John Pritchett||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jan Roelfs||Production Designer|
|Simon Warnock||Asst. Director|
|Rob Wilson||Associate Producer|
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Oliver Stone has done it again. Though a little slow at times, this movie is a very good depiction of a slice of the drama of that fateful September day.
This movie is really well done and it's a great story. The great thing about it is that it's not even just about the World Trade Center, it's about courage, survival , family and heroes. I know one of the rescueres and he's just a great guy that is a hero every day. I'm 15 and this is just my ultamite favorite movie, it gives you hope and courage.
Oliver Stone has always been a director of grit, one who was unafraid to take on controversial subjects and create powerful films that opened the audience's eyes to the mire below the surface. In WORLD TRADE CENTER he seems to have taken the opposite stance: take an historic tragedy that affected the entire world and reduce it sown to the entrapment of two Port Authority Police Officers in the rubble of the midline of the two towers destruction in hopes that the event might become more intimate. He manages to just the opposite - he makes a huge horrific tragedy seem like a family crisis and despite casting some fine actors in the roles of actual people, the film falls short of communicating the bigger picture. The film starts well enough with two of the policemen rising early in the Am to go to routine duty, then the unrecognizable 'bump' sound occurs and quite to everyone's disbelief the events of that terrible day unfold in a manner that does indeed convey the complete surprise of a nation of people unfamiliar with terror happening on home ground. The Port Authority Police enter the impending collapse of the towers to save victims only to become quickly trapped in the rubble, reducing their ranks to two men who hold on for survival that finally comes. Nicholas Cage is the sergeant John McLoughlin who is trapped with Will Jimeno (Michael Peña) while John's wife Donna (Maria Bello) and Will's pregnant wife Allison (Maggie Gyllenhaal) cope with the news of the day and the discovery that their husbands are trapped in the rubble. The long movie is a back and forth interplay between the trapped men and the terror of the families. Where Stone drops his credibility is in focusing on a retired Marine Staff Sergeant Dave Karnes (Michael Shannon) who upon hearing of the disaster gets a marine haircut and travels to the spot looking for survivors at night, eventually discovering John and Will and getting help for them to be rescued. That is all well and good, but the film adds the tag line 'We'll avenge the terrorists who did this' that seems like a credo for the irresponsible governmental attack on Iraq. It just takes away the film's energy and makes it a political PR piece. And that is too bad: the other film UNITED 93 is a far superior work in depicting the personal aspect of a national tragedy. Grady Harp
The fact that Oliver Stone got away from the hollywood cliche and made this into the wonderful movie it is, makes him one of the greats! must see!!