Thursday: 17.August.2006

World Trade Center (Rad Movie review) An Oliver Stone film

Saw World Trade Center this eve .. (at the Big Newport in Newport Beach). Well made. Very sad (was a sad day for our country). The lady sitting a few seats down cried the whole second half of the movie.

First thing I noticed was how seriously Nicholas Cage took his role in this movie. It was obvious he intended to honor the victims of that day.

I decided to see the movie, primarily cuz Oliver Stone directed it. [Did you know Stone volunteered for infantry duty (combat) in Viet Nam? ... which is pretty much asking to be killed (~suicidal?).

That should give you some insight into Stone's psyche. Heard he was distraught over his parents separating (divorce). He was born in New York City.]

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If you think about it, who really wants to relive 9-11? Nobody. It took big cojones even to attempt to make this movie.

Most movies tend to sensationalize. In this movie however, no sensation was necessary. Rather, just the opposite...

I feel Stone dimmed the lights on sensation, and focused his cinematic spotlight on the lives of ordinary (unsensational) people .. to reveal how much havoc that day wrecked in their lives.

You also get a good feel of New York culture from the movie. If you've been there, you will quickly recognize the bravado and humor.

Oliver Stone is good at translating complicated emotions into film (not easy). The score was particularly impressive. I mean, the sound design takes this movie to another level.

Surprising that Oliver Stone, who is traditionally the controversial conspiracy theorist, with movies such as JFK, where he did everything but come right out and say LBJ had JFK murdered, avoided that approach in this movie ...

... especially when many such theories abound. He centainly isn't afraid of controversy, yet no controversy is presented here, which left some scratching their heads.

Good reviews. Trailers. I feel kinda weird after seeing it. A little numb. It's not like you're going to walk next door, to the next theater, and see another flick after this one. After this one, you've had enough for the night.

Almost cried. Probably should've. If you need a good cry, here's your movie.





Posted by Rad at August 17, 2006 09:19 AM

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