Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

9/11 (2002)

Directed by James Hanlon, Gédéon Naudet

Starring Tony Benatatos, Jamal Braithwaite, Steve Buscemi, Joseph Casaliggi

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These guys were just at the right (or wrong) place at the right (or wrong) time. They are the modern day Zapruders. A bit shaky and nauseating to watch, but I guess the footage is good under the circumstances.

Some moments of magic, but the whole thing is way too drawn out. They made an effort to get all of the footage into the movie, and they really shouldn’t have. A lot of it is repetitive, and it slows down the “story.”

The “story” also lacks a protagonist. First, it was about Tony. Then, it was about the firefighters. Then, it was about the brothers. Then, it was about New York/the world. We never really know whose story is being told, and that makes it hard to interpret what are supposed to be dramatic moments. With clear direction and specific heroes, things could have had a bit more dramatic weight. To properly personalize the story, they could have chopped the firefighter training/waiting fluff at the beginning and explored the personal lives of the firefighters a bit more instead.

I hope Oliver Stone does a better job of tackling this material. Granted, he will have the advantage of a script and a shooting schedule…

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