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A Review by Joekool

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World Trade Center
 
Director- Oliver Stone
Cast- Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhall
Rated PG-13: for
Running time-
 
This is the second September 11th film of the year, the first being United 93 back in April. So people can not help themselves by comparing the two films, and I belive they should be compared. Basically every aspect where United 93 succeeded World Trade Center failed.
 
In this film we follow the story of two policeman who became trapped in the rubble of the buidlings, miraculousy surviving the collapse. Its a true story, and one that deserved a better care than it got.
 
The first 1/3 of the film is exceptional. Great character interaction, and some fabulous shots of the chaos that ensued after the first buidling was hit on that terrible and unforgettable day. The collapse of the first building was expertly done, as we see what might have happend on the inside (the second we only hear). However, after the collapse of both buildings, things get pretty stale. The emotional click never happens. We see the mental torment of the fmailies and the two men who struggle to stay alive, but the emotions dont carry over from the screen to the audience. This is mostly due to a weak screenplay. The dialouge was dull and choppy, almost to the point of irritation. Just....just......BAD!
 
The acting in this was something i was looking forwrd to, but was let down. Nicolas Cage ddid ok, but his New York accent was so anoying, especially once in the rubble, that it was hard to make out what he was saying. Michael Pena, who played the other cop trapped with Cage, was also just ok. The only person who achieved  good performance was Maggie Gyllenhall, as Pena's character's wife. A letdown on this level.
 
Baiscally the only good things about this was that it looked good in the trailers. Im not gonna say Director Oliver Stone has lost his touch, he is a master in film, but his last two pictures; this and Alexander were pretty abismal. I will give hiom another chance though.
 
Good Points
-First 1/3
-Cinematography
 
Bad Points
-Crappy screenplay
-Mediocre acting
-No connectable emotion
 
Rating- 5/10

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