Up until last week, I’d avoided most of the coverage of Oliver Stone‘s “World Trade Center.” I skipped the 25 minute clip in Cannes and didn’t read any of the reviews. In fact early last week, I decided that I’d simply pass on the movie, unwlling to relive 9/11 yet again. But, as people began talking more and more about the film, and after reading postive and negative blog postings about it, I decided to head down to 42nd St. on Friday to see it for myself.
I was surprised (and maybe somewhat relieved) to discover that Stone’s “WTC” isn’t really about 9/11. I think its essentially about resilience. While many have criticized the director for making a movie about September 11th with a happy ending, it was in fact rather refreshing to find a compelling story of survival amidst the tragedy and terror. Ok, so I did find “World Trade Center” a bit too long (and maybe even a bit TV movie cheesy at times). The film could have just as easily been about trapped coal miners or even two people lost at sea, but with 9/11 as its backdrop, it is even more engaging. The story of 2 of the only 20 people who were pulled out of the rubble that day is one worth telling, and it offers a different perspective on a large human tragedy that has left so many feeling so powerless. Hardly a happy ending, after all.