Sunday, May 21, 2006

WTC Movie at Cannes

Fox News
tells us that Oliver Stone's new movie World Trade Center
(click for trailer) has been previewed at the Cannes Film Festival. 26 minutes of the film was availble to be sampled at Cannes.

But first, "World Trade Center," which stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. The men play, respectively real life New York Port Authority cops John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno who rushed into the twin tower and nearly wound up being buried alive in the rubble.

""Unlike "United 93," this film has, if not a happy ending, an upbeat one. The two men lived to tell their tale and be reunited with their families. But their stories of survival are used by Stone so he can also convey the brutality and loss of that horrible day. Stone shows, for example, the two towers imploding and collapsing from within. It's an unimaginable horror.

From what we saw, "World Trade Center" looks like it will be a very moving, effective piece about Sept. 11. Five years after the tragedies, it is time to start seeing films and hearing music about the catastrophe, as long as they're done with wisdom and judiciousness. All signs point to Stone not delivering his usual conspiracy theories, but depicting the lives of two families on the verge of disaster.""

This is good news, I must admit I was a bit worried that Stone would turn this into a propoganda piece, but fromwhat I've seen and read so far,it looks to be a promising film.


Blogger Brooke said...

I'm a little confused on this one...

I heard that one of the men featured died, and that his widow begged Stone to simply not use his real name out of respect, which he refused to do.

I've tried looking this up and can't find anything, so maybe it isn't true. I'll be keeping my eyes open.

The thing that makes me nervous about this one is that it is so big-name. United 93 had the comfort zone of relative anonymity by the actors and director. I didn't know what the pre-concieved political views were before I went to see it. I share your concern about this being a propaganda piece.

I do hope that this will be worth seeing!

May 22, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

The trailer is breathtaking. I had my concerns, but the jury is still out.

May 22, 2006  

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