Five years have passed since the terrorist attacks that shocked America, shook the world and changed the way of our lives on September 11, 2001. Hardly anyone could forget the picture of the two World Trade Center towers collapsing with frustrated and fearful screams as a background. I would like to express my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives and their loved ones in these tragic incidents. It seems to me that we would never see a peaceful world with harmony and understanding unless everyone stops thinking selfishly and starts understanding the diversity of people around us. Even though we all are different, we could enjoy living together if, at least, we care for everyone around us.
In remembrance of 9/11 tragedy, there are two notable Hollywood movies released this year. Each film is based on true story of an event related to the terrorist attacks. Each film has its own virtue and style. Last but not least, each film is faithful to the lives lost in the tragic incident with no offense. I highly recommend these two movies to everyone. They are worth every seconds of your time and every cents of your money.
"United 93" is a film directed and written by a veteran British director, Paul Greengrass. It tells a story of the forth and the only plane that was hijacked on September 11, 2001 and never hit the target. As a result, a thousand of lives had been saved. We all knew from the news that the United Airlines plane "Flight 93" crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. What we didn’t know is the true incident on board the aircraft. The director created a true-to-life story of what might happen on the plane based on data available. The movie is powerful and could capture the moment of fear and courage on the doomed flight. With an ensemble of unknown but skilled casts, the audiences could really feel that the reality of the event. The movie is well edited and the cinematography is realistic, especially the final scene which would certainly make you realized how valuable life is.
5 stars out of 5 – this is truly a tribute to those courageous passengers on board the United Airlines plane Flight 93. May they all rest in peace.
"World Trade Center" is directed by one of Hollywood household names, Oliver Stone. The movie is the little known true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, two of the last survivors extracted alive from the rubble of Ground Zero of the twin World Trade Center towers. Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena star as the main characters, the courageous Port Authority police officers – John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, while Maria Bello and Magie Gyllenhaal take a supportive role of their wives. A well qualified performance from the ensemble of the cast with the best movie script from Andrea Berloff made the film truly emotional and impressive. We could also see flawless special effects and set constructions at their best in providing the realistic point of view of the movie. You could laugh and cry and feel the pain with every characters in the film as if they are a member of your family. When the world saw terror on that day, we could also see that we should have a courage and never give up hope, as it’s our last stand against the evil around us.
5 stars out of 5 – The buildings might fall but true heroes would rise. Never lost your faith in goodness.