World Trade Center
Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Pena) were two police 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 for all officers to return to the dispatching office. 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.
This is a powerful film. I was moved by it. 9-11 is not that far in our distant past. The story of two men, Jimeno and Mcloughlin, police officers who are trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center, is told in a compelling way as they talk to each other to keep each other awake so as to not fall asleep with serious injuries. The story of the home front and the ordeal of their families and friends waiting word is also very dramatic. A marine who prays at church and feels the call to go help plays a key role. Even with Jimeno’s vision of Christ appearing to him (with a water bottle!) and the compassion of the story, we cannot award the film our Dove Seal as there is profanity in the film. The name of the Lord is taken in vain several times. It is a shame because this one could have been approved for families, age twelve and above. There was total silence at the conclusion of this film. The images in this movie are unforgettable.