World Trade Center - Where're Oliver's Stones?
When one of the most controversial directors turns one of the most controversial tragedies into a love story, don't be surprised if you start seeing headlines like "WTF WTC?"
Stone takes the easy way out in this film, which focuses around the obvious and predictable feelings of the families of two policemen who were in the World Trade Center when the towers collapsed. The renegade director chooses to use the attacks as a backdrop, but such an unbelievable backdrop that it's nearly Disney-ized in its lack of edge.
Nicolas Cage is fine, Maggie Gyllenhaal is fine; but Michael Pena proves that big stars were not needed in a story like this, if your goal is to make it more realistic. If Oliver Stone wanted to make a movie called World Trade Center and keep it real it should have included: a few more dead bodies to make it somewhat believable; even one word about the jumpers; some seriously tragic storylines; and even a hint at one of the many unanswered questions that have been raised over the last few years about that infamous day.
It's as close to made-for-TV as Oliver Stone could get.
With that said, it's still an emotional film -- you will be moved, you will be on edge.
But hopefully it will earn enough in the box office so Stone can fund the follow-up, and make the film that he should have made.