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(2006), PG-13 [PG-13*] (2hr 00min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Double Feature Films, Intermedia Films
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Producer(s): Moritz Borman, Chantal Feghali, Norman Golightly, Debra Hill, Donald J. Lee Jr., Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Oliver Stone
Written by: Andrea Berloff, John McLoughlin, Donna McLoughlin, William Jimeno, Allison Jimeno
Cinematography/Camera: Seamus McGarvey
Music: Craig Armstrong
Film Editing: David Brenner, Julie Monroe
Casting: Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Shalimar Reodica, Paul Schnee, Suzanne Smith, Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Jan Roelfs
Art Direction: Richard L. Johnson
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
World Trade Center is a quasi-documentary written by a few knowledgeable people with first-hand experience with the 9-11 disaster including John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, two NYPD officers who survived burial under the resulting rubble of the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Sergeant McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage), officer Jimeno (Michael Pena) and a number of other officers began procedures when the building they were to evacuate started to collapse. At the direction of Sergeant McLoughlin the team of officers, now in the concourse between the two towers of the World Trade Center, dove into an area near an elevator shaft because of the higher structural integrity. Of McLoughlin's team of officers, three survived the collapse. Sergeant McLoughlin, Will and another officer whose name I did not catch were now trapped and unable to escape entombment. The third officer was able to work himself free until subsequent collapsing re-trapped him, this time mortally wounding him.
Through courage, faith and determination, John and Will hang on to life for a long time. But before long, water became a matter of life and death. Will's faith was so strong that he envisioned Jesus appearing to him twice, each time with a bottle of water. Will interpreted that to mean he and John were to hang in there, that help was on its way. And help came. But too late for the third officer of McLoughlin's team. Knowing he was going to die anyway, he killed himself to avoid dying in entrapment.
Since this report is being posted prior to the first showing I will not discuss the story in any greater detail. This film is about the murder of nearly 3,000 people that took us to war, ultimately focusing on the misery of two of the heroes and, as in Ladder 49, adds dimension by bringing the focal characters' families and family life into the picture.
What this film has to say to you should be left to the silence of your own thoughts if you decide to see it.
In accordance with analyses of films comprising our comparative baseline database, with a final score of 60 out of 100 World Trade Center is equivalent to a middle-of-the-road PG-13. Not a "hardcore" PG-13. Not a "lite" PG-13. Just a middle-of-the-road PG-13. And it is PG-13 only because of the level of foul language and violence. Both the investigation areas of Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Impudence/Hate (I), primarily due to language [Col. 3:8], revealed content equivalent to some R-rated films. The other four CAP investigation areas found content equivalent to PG-13 and less severe ratings.
Often accompanying the "PG-13" label is heavy use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, of sexually immoral behaviors and underage drinking. While World Trade Center is indeed heavy in foul language, the only nudity is that which is seen of a man through steamed shower doors. While there are two instances of a man and a woman in bed together (two pair of stage husband and wife), no intercourse or associated nudity were noted. The reason this is brought up is that, though it is not sinful for a husband and wife to be engaged in intimate affairs, it is for a man and a woman not married. None of the actors/actresses were married to each other. The only content Drugs/Alcohol found was the brother of Will drinking a beer while awaiting word about his brother. And while it is not sinful to drink, it is sinful to get drunk which the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the University of Connecticut have found can be the result of teens watching drinking in and as entertainment.
While Jesus forgives sin if we are humble enough to ask in faith believing, nothing excuses sin or the causing others to sin because of our own. [Rom. 5:19] Especially children. [Luke 17:2] Though one might expect the language used by the heroes and victims of the WTC disaster to be harsh, it is still sin to speak foul no matter the "justification" to do so. And "acting" does not excuse the demonstration of sin. Further, the bedroom lives of the heroes and their wives is just that ... their bedroom lives and none of our business. As display of drinking and drunkenness in and as entertainment can cause alcohol abuse by our youth, so can the display of sexual intimacy embolden youth to experiment and do likewise.
As is to be expected regarding the vicious evil that threw us into war, intense violence and peril are inherent with the topic. Whatever "justification" the filmmakers had to present in such graphic detail these matters in their accounting of the 9-11 act of war and the murder of nearly 3,000 people, we tell you about it, hopefully before you see it if so that you might be in a better position to make an informed decision whether you want your 13 year old kids subjected to this almost-documentary form of entertainment.
This film gives some perspective to the old adage "There are no atheists in foxholes." We might now change that to "There are no atheists in rubble tombs." Of the thousands of victims of the 9-11 disaster that threw us into war, 2749 died and 20 were rescued. NYC Officers John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno were 18 and 19.
We will never forget.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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