The most gruesome terror act ever committed tell a story that gave a moment of hope and happiness to what was a gruesome time of history. Oliver Stone directs the film fantastic the first twenty minutes with a build-up that is really intense, but afterwards we have a drama with people trapped and unmovable for over one hour making me think this story would have worked better as a radio play or in a book.
Oliver Stone has tackled many tough subjects; Vietnam, JFK assassination etc. You'd think tackling the events in NYC during 9/11 would be right in Stone's alley, but it unfortunately falls on being mediocre at best! Paul Greengrass's 'United 93' had twice the emotion and intensity in its story and direction. Stone, however, force feeds us America's sentimentality that it almost becomes slightly unbearable.
This is a very bizarre film, it's as if Nicolas Cage's face has been digitally superimposed over the face of a firefighter in real 9/11 footage. What the hell was Stone thinking? If he had used unknowns, then he could have created something documentary-like that could have been a classic. Instead, its impossible to suspend disbelief because Cage's dopey mug is in the middle of almost every shot. A terrible film.