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Advance Review of Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" by a 9/11 Truth Activist
by Maya Anderson
Wednesday Jul 26th, 2006 9:11 PM
Having gotten an invitation to an advance screening of Oliver Stone’s latest film ‘World Trade Center’ in San Francisco last week, I gladly took up the offer to see this much-anticipated film two weeks before the official opening.
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Having gotten an invitation to an advance screening of Oliver Stone’s latest film ‘World Trade Center’ in San Francisco last week, I gladly took up the offer to see this much-anticipated film.

As a 9/11 Truth activist and I was going to take a decidedly different approach in reviewing the film than other sources. Instead of analyzing the acting, the plot or by speculating on how well it would do at the box office, I instead was going to look at the film for clues that Oliver Stone was aware of problems with the official story and, hopefully, enlighten the viewing audience in his cinematic narrative. Was the Oliver Stone that politically transformed a generation by exposing us to an alternative understanding of the way the world works, like he did in ‘JFK’, still out there? Would he mention Building 7, the explosions heard by rescue personnel going off within the building and other strange anomalies? This is what I had my eyes and ears out for.

The film is based on a true story of two Port Authority policemen, Police Chief John McCloughlin (played by Nicholas Cage), and Rookie William Jimeno (played by Michael Pena) and depicts their harrowing story on 9/11. After a brief introduction to their families, we soon follows the two officers through their routine morning foot patrol, and just a short while later, into to an earth shattering chaos that happens when the planes hit the towers.

After calls for the evacuation of the towers, Port Authority Chief McCloughlin rushes to organize a team of officers to assist people who are trying to get out of the building. As the team of volunteers moves through Tower 2, one can hear the very audible sound of explosives going off all around them. The rookie Jimeno comments on these sounds only to be told by McCloughlin, “Don’t Think, Just Move.” Sound familiar?

Soon, the explosions get more powerful and with a terrible roar Tower 1 comes crashing down leaving the two men buried in the concourse elevator shaft, along with their dead, or soon to be dead, colleagues.

(I would like to stop here in the narrative and give Stone credit for emphasizing the explosions. They were very noticeable and corroborate eyewitness testimony by emergency personnel. 1 point for Stone.)

The drama continues to unfold with interspersed sounds of explosions and another harrowing escape from death as Tower 2 falls down with a crashing roar around the pinned men. After both towers fall, there is an inexplicable scene of more explosions, coupled with hissing sounds and then a scene from Dante’s Hell — flaming boulders fall and molten steel pours on the men to their astonished horror. Once again, the rookie screams in puzzlement and frustration as to what could cause such a thing to happen.

(Here I believe that Stone trying to convey a termite reaction on steel. Another point if he was. (See Stephen E. Jones paper on Thermite and the World Trade Center buildings at http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/

Unfortunately, the officers do not get a reprieve from the horror as many hours later they are rocked once again as Building 7 comes crashing down near them. Here Stone shows a TV news clip, you know that frontal shot of the building that looks like an unmistakable demolition. The puzzled faces on the port Authority officers at headquarters as they view this scene on the television conveys just how incredulous the thought this event was.

(Another point for Stone for showing that Building 7 clip coupled with the incredulous faces of the officers. See WTC7.net for video clip. 3 points in total so far for Stone for showing obvious anomalies in the official story.)

But, having acknowledged that there were attempts of daring on Stone’s part with this film, I am also aware that some of these clues might be too subtle for those who bought hook, line and sinker the official story. The critical details of the explosions and the melting steel (something a regular carbon-based fire cannot do) and Building 7’s collapse tends to get lost by the intense human drama and dialogue unfolding on the screen.

To sum it up, Stone not only did a good job in relating the story of these men and for conveying the emotional and psychological trauma that occurred to them and their families, but for also conveying the message that there are problems with the official story. By emphasizing the explosions, showing the collapse of Building 7 and implying Thermite usage, I believe that he was trying to wake people up to these important issues.

My friend, however, felt that Stone did not go far enough in exposing the evidence and was generally disappointed with the film.

But, in all probability, Stone’s hands were tied as he is basically talking about an event were the perpetrations are still in charge and a studio (Paramount) who did not want to be too adventurous. There was probably only so far he could go.

I know I am being presumptuous by assuming Stone is a disbeliever of the official story of 9/11, but I believe he has giving us enough cinematic clues to conclude that is the case. Will the audience notice is the question.

The movie ends with Dave Karnes (Michael Shannon), a retired Marine who helped rescue the officers saying, “This must be avenged… if only we are brave enough to do so.”

That is a good question. Are we brave enough?

Comments  (Hide Comments)

This sounds like another Hollywood spectacular. Apparently, there is no highlighting of the fact that the planes were on automatic pilot guided by the US Air Force with no hijackers on board and that 9 of the so-called hijackers were alived on 9/12/01. There is also no mention of the fact that a US missile hit the Pentagon and that the US Air Force shot down the plane over Pennsylvania. In the JFK movie, Oliver Stone covered a lot of crime investigation ground. If he did not do the same in this movie, and it sounds like he did not, this movie sounds like a waste of money. It is inexcusable now after almost 5 years of books, websites, DVDs and speeches, all uncovering mountains of evidence that 9/11 was an Inside Job.

As to the police mentality proclaiming a need for vengance, vengance is murder and it is a war crime to retaliate against another country, and in this case there was no other country; it was an inside job perpetrated by the US Air Force and the CIA.

I think the oustanding 9/11 Truth Movement should avoid this movie as it is a waste, at best.
by Kevin Ryan
Thursday Jul 27th, 2006 4:49 AM
Thanks for this review. Many of us in lesser populated areas will not see this film for another week or so, and if we're fighting for the truth we need to know what to expect.

Seems like the film avoids taking a stand one way or another on 9/11 Truth.
by Robert e. Griffin
Thursday Jul 27th, 2006 7:52 AM
It is up to us in the 9/11 Truth Movement to emphasize the details in the film, and point out that they are consistent with an alternative explanation, and that they are inconsistent with the official version.
by researcher
Thursday Jul 27th, 2006 11:46 AM
Thanks Maya, whoever you are. This is a big help.
by researcher
Thursday Jul 27th, 2006 12:00 PM
fyi -

http://wtc7.net/videos.html
Although I must agree on the fact that Oliver Stone's JFK did delve MUCH deeper into the inconsistancies of the official story, and the blatant evidence of an inside job and cover up. The people involved in the JFK assasination were pretty far removed from their former posts by the time the movie came out.

Whereas with this movie, the people involved (for the most part) are still in office. It would be interesting to find out what the "Director's Cut" of this movie will turn out to be like. I would be interested to see how much content the studio and publisher made Stone remove from this movie.

I must say that I'm encouraged that there was at least mentions of the explosions,etc in a major hollywood movie. I agree that there should be more hard evidence in this movie, but then again, that's what "Loose Change" is for ;-)
by Shyster Mike
Tuesday Aug 1st, 2006 10:09 PM
http://mikesheedy.com/Synopsis01.htm

(Good review, good site, good night).
by robert clark
(rabclark1 [at] yahoo.co.uk) Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2006 9:11 AM
GREAT REVUE ALEX
CANT WAIT TILL IT OPENS IN SCOTLAND
MY FREINDS AND I ARE GOING TO HAND OUT LOOSE CHANGE DVD'S WHEN IT IS RELEASED HERE GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR PATRIOTIC BROTHERS FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN "THE TRUTH"
WE WILL SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY
GOOD LUCK
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE!!!
by RAB CLARK
(rabclark1 [at] yahoo.co.uk) Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2006 9:21 AM
GRAET JOB ALEX
VERY WELL MADE COMMENTS REGARDING THE MOVIE ,
THE GOVERNMENT VERSION,
AND THE TRUTH
I BELIEVE WE MUST USE THIS MOVIE AS A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO AWAKEN MORE PEOPLE
TO THE "TRUTH"

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE
by Citizen
Thursday Aug 3rd, 2006 8:15 AM
The movie does not portray the thousands of VOLUNTEERS that responded.
After the tower fell, it were the Volunteer First Aid Squads from New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Upstate New York that handled the initial EMS
operations. Nobody ever gives these men and women credit. These are
independent non-affiliated standalone EMS organizations that responded
that have nothing to do with the FDNY or other Fire Depts. Everyone
including the movie only shows "PAID Firefighter" personnel from the
FDNY...but completely forget the THOUSANDS of independent Volunteer
First Aid Squads that actually did a lot of the immediate EMS work,
including EMTs who are not firefighters from FDNY. Tragically, many of
the EMT's on the FDNY perished, leaving it up to OUT OF CITY Volunteer
Squads. Everyone always seems to ignore this issue and talk about ONLY
the Firefighters. Whereas I have extreme sympathy for these
firefighters who perished...i think the independent Volunteer EMT's who
have no Fire Department affiliation were completely excluded in all
recognition who actually took up the slack for the EMS work when the
FDNY EMT's perished. Again, I feel horrible and upset over the FDNY
tragedies...but no one ever recognizes those who were there AFTER the
towers fell. The Volunteer First Aid Squads. Also, most of the walking
wounded patients from the Ground Zero area were being transported
(boat, ambulance, helicopter) to areas in New Jersey (airports,
stadiums, parks), and were tended to by NJ Volunteer First Aid Squad
EMT's. That part of 9/11 was also forgotten... Hundreds of VOLUNTEER
First Aid Squads crossed bridges and tunnels to get to Ground Zero. On
a side note, many Volunteer Fire Depts were there too....but it is the
Volunteer First Aid Squads from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Upstate
NY that were completely forgotten about. This movie forgot about
accuracy and authenticity of these Volunteer Squad members in their
depiction of the response to the world trade center disaster.
by repost
Friday Aug 4th, 2006 7:11 PM
The 9-11 Research companion to the film World Trade Center
http://911research.wtc7.net/reviews/world_trade_center/index.html
by Jim Hoffman

The film World Trade Center set to debut on August 9, 2006, relates the true story of two of the last survivors rescued from Ground Zero, John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno.

The film is being produced by Paramount Pictures, and directed by Oliver Stone, recipient of three Academy Awards. Like many of Stone's previous films, World Trade Center takes as its subject traumatic events in recent history. But this film's approach is decidedly different from Stone's most controversial film, JFK.

JFK introduced a generation to evidence that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not the work of a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, but involved a conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the US government. Stone does this by recounting the struggle of District Attorney Jim Garrison to win a conviction of suspects in that conspiracy.

Unlike JFK, World Trade Center does not directly address the many challenges to the official story of the attack. However, like JFK, it may have a profound effect on the public's understanding of the film's subject by depicting events that have been ignored by the mainstream media, such as sounds of explosions as the Towers came down, molten metal in the rubble pile, and the precipitous collapse of WTC 7 at 5:20 in the afternoon.

World Trade Center follows McLoughlin (played by Nicholas Cage) and Jimeno (played by Michael Pena), and their families, on the day of the attack. The two men, who had never met each other, are in other parts of the city as the attack begins. Neither see the plane crashes, and World Trade Center doesn't show them, keeping the movie focused on events that the men and their families witnessed.
(cont'd)
by Bill Douglas
Monday Aug 7th, 2006 5:41 AM
9/11 ACTION: Respond to AP/ABC slap at 9/11 truth
mvmt. ASAP, AND FORWARD ON !!! URGE ALL YOU KNOW
TO:

A) Email the below message to ABC, AP, and other media
(emails below). It is good to cc some CC or other
media when you email AP and ABC, so they know that
other media see what they are up to.
B) After emailing the below message to the Media Email
Addresses at the bottom, then forward this ENTIRE 9/11
Action Email on to all you know.

WE ARE WINNING. WE CAN DO THIS. PUSH !! PUSH !!
PUSH !!

THE MESSAGE TO SEND OUT ( to media emails at bottom):

Dear ABC News and Associated Press,

In the Aug. 6 AP article, "9/ 11 Conspiracy Theorists
Thriving" reprinted on abcnews.go.com THERE ARE SOME
PROBLEMS WITH YOUR COVERAGE.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2279963
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SEPT_11_CONSPIRACIES?SITE=KTVK&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


Below are identified three of those problems.

1) -------------------------------------------
For example, in the 3rd paragraph you state:

<<Five years after the terrorist attacks, a community
that believes widely discredited ideas about what
happened on Sept. 11, 2001, persists and even
thrives.>>

PROBLEM: the term "widely discredited" is a laughable
slap at the 9/11 truth movement given the breaking
news of:

-- Wednesday, August 2, 2006 WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A
member of the 9/11 commission said Wednesday that
panel members so distrusted testimony from Pentagon
officials that they referred their concerns to the
Pentagon's inspector general. "We were extremely
frustrated with the false statements we were getting,"
Roemer told CNN. "We were not sure of the intent,
whether it was to deceive the commission or merely
part of the fumbling bureaucracy."

THE 9/11 TRUTH MOVEMENT was raising hell when
testimony to the 9/11 Commission by the FAA and DOD
conflicted, and the 9/11 truth community demanded
answers THEN. Where was the media, who should have
been demanding answers THEN?

-- On C-SPAN's "Theories of 9/11", Steven Jones of BYU
Physics Dept. announced that THERMATE traces were
found on WTC debris in analysis of the debris. Two
independantly obtained samples BOTH contained
thermate. As your article states, thermate is a
patented explosive used for controlled demolition.
HAS AP OR ABC OR ANY MEDIA HAD ANY TRACES ANALYZED?
IF NOT, WHY NOT?
IF SO, AND YOU FOUND THERMATE, WHY ISN'T THIS A 6 INCH
HEADLINE, AND NIGHTLY NEWS HEADLINE?

2) -------------------------------------------
In the 6th paragraph you state:

<<Fetzer, a retired philosophy professor at the
University of Minnesota Duluth, who maintains, among
other claims, that some of the hijackers are still
alive. >>

PROBLEM:
Your statement leaves readers to believe that ONLY
Fetzer believes this.

See BBC's article of Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 12:30
GMT 13:30 UK
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1559151.stm

"Hijack 'suspects' alive and well
Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in
the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has
turned up alive and well.

The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of
having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1559151.stm

WHY HAVE ABC AND AP NOT LOOKED INTO THIS HUGELY
IMPORTANT STORY, AND DONE THEIR DUTY TO INFORM THEIR
READERS AND VIEWERS, AND ALSO TO DIG DEEPER INTO WHAT
THIS MASSIVE DISCREPANCY IN THE OFFICIAL VERSION OF
9/11 PORTENDS FOR ALL THE REST OF THEIR "THEORY" ??


3) -------------------------------------------
In your article's 9th paragraph you state:

<<The standards and technology institute, and many
mainstream scientists, won't debate conspiracy
theorists, saying they don't want to lend them
unwarranted credibility.>>

PROBLEM:
The "official story" that 19 ragtag hijackers who
could barely fly Cessnas, flying commercial jet liners
with expert precision many experienced pilots say they
couldn't accomplish, and fooling the US Air Force,
NORAD, and the FAA so that in one and a half hours of
flying these hijacked planes over some of the world's
most protected airspace . . . with not one, not one .
. . Air Force interceptor jet arriving until too late,
and completely obliterating the first three steel
reinforced skyscrapers in building engineering history
with jet fuel (which doesn't approach the temperature
required to melt steel) . . . IS A CONSPIRACY THEORY.
IT'S AN OFFICIAL CONSPIRACY THEORY.

By the way, one of those buildings was not hit by a
plane, so when your article says the buildings were
brought down by jet fuel, while ignoring building 7's
fall . . . is shoddy journalism at best, and a cover
up at worst.

As the truth continues to unfold, media should and
must be held accountable for the horrid job they've
done reporting on 9/11, but worse for their obvious
attempts to obstruct public knowledge of crucial
facts.

Warm regards, and FOR GODSAKE, DO YOUR HOMEWORK in the
future. You are supposed to be a professional media.

9/11 truth seeker, and faithful citizen

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by repost
Monday Aug 7th, 2006 11:45 AM
World Trade Center (film)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
World Trade Center is a dramatic 9/11-themed film set to be released by Paramount Pictures. It is directed by Academy Award winner Oliver Stone and stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Jay Hernandez, and Michael Shannon. The MPAA rated it "PG-13" for "intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language." [1] It is billed as an uplifting story about everyday New Yorkers helping one another amid a cataclysmic tragedy. It is the second theatrical movie about 9/11, following United 93. It is scheduled for release on August 9, 2006.
by AL
Sunday Oct 1st, 2006 3:18 PM
The noise is NOT that of explosions. It is the noise of bodies hitting the concourse roof, as heard for real in the Naudet documentary. Talk about wishful thinking...
by Justin Lee
Tuesday Oct 8th, 2013 4:17 AM
I saw the movie some years ago. This thread/article is probably old, but the after effects of what happened on 9/11 aren't. I too was looking for a different take to what happened from Stone, but came away feeling that he had fallen into line, as the event was too big for even him to address freely. Now, I think that the setting of the majority of the film, with actors trapped at the base of the towers, could perhaps be seen as a metaphor for the restrictions made upon the director. The director's hands were tied and this was illustrated by the main characters also being restricted/confined/trapped. This to my mind could certainly be a possibility, especially when one has seen other films he has made. Justin Lee 2013
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