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Our mail these days looks like Ray Pride’s, times two, and we’re trying hard to work our way through a ridiculous stack of For Your Consideration screeners before the NYFCO awards meeting next week. It’s the only explanation I have for putting on Oliver Stone’s insufferable September 11 drama. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maria Bello act their hearts out, but it’s no use–nothing can save this crushingly sentimental turd. At least United 93 had the good sense not to milk that day for “uplift.”

World Trade Center. Oliver Stone, 2006. *

[tags]oliver stone, film, 1 star, maria bello, nicolas cage, maggie gyllenhaal, michael pena, september 11, nyc, world trade center, schlock, terror, cops[/tags]

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  1. jhoffman

     /  December 4, 2006

    Eeegads. Did you watch the whole thing? I don’t think I could without vomiting. I recommend the book 102 minutes by Kevin Flynn & Jim Dweyer for anyone looking for facts about the who what when how of the WTC – shmaltz and jingoism I can do without.

  2. Kept my thumb on the fast forward button the whole way through. I can’t really deal with endless scenes of men buried alive, discussing baby names. On the other hand, the scenes with the Christian ex-Marine who talks about “the curtain that God made” and “all the good men it will take to avenge this thing”–those have to be seen to be believed.

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