WORLD TRADE CENTER
Finding Strength and Hope Through God and Family
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña,
Maria Bello, Maggie
Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon,
Jay Hernandez, and Stephen
Audience: Teenagers to adults
Runtime: 129 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Oliver Stone
Executive Producer: Donald J. Lee, Jr., and Norm
Producer: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher,
Moritz Borman, and Debra Hill
Writer: Andrea Berloff
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The movie tells the story of two New York City Port Authority officers, John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, who get trapped underneath the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11's terrorist attack by dedicated Muslim fanatics. With debris tumbling down on them, John and Will wait desperately for a rescue that may never come. Not only does the movie tell the ordeal they endure, it also describes how their disappearance and a rescue attempt affect their families, especially their wives, Donna and Allison. Finally, it focuses on two U.S. Marines searching for survivors.
WORLD TRADE CENTER stars Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña as the two officers, Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal as their wives, and Michael Shannon as one of the Marines.
WORLD TRADE CENTER holds viewers on the edge of their seats. It is emotionally powerful without being maudlin. John and Will keep each other alive by making sure each one stays awake, because sleep is liable to bring unconsciousness and death. John also keeps alive by thinking about his family, even though over the years he and his wife have drifted apart. Will also keeps alive by thinking about his family, especially his pregnant wife. He also finds strength and hope through Jesus.
Outside their would-be tomb, people come from around the country to help out. One of them is a no-nonsense Marine, Staff Sergeant Dave Karnes. Karnes is a Christian who feels called by God to serve his country and help people in need.
In their homes, John and Will’s families find the going tough. They fear the worst, but hope, love and strength see them through the most difficult times.
WORLD TRADE CENTER has a very strong Christian worldview with positive references to Jesus and His death on the Cross. It also contains very strong moral content that extols the importance of family and has a positive view of America, including police officers, firefighters and the United States military. The only major drawback is that the movie contains too much foul language, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution. Otherwise, this is a must-see movie.
WORLD TRADE CENTER is a stirring, suspenseful, patriotic, and inspiring portrayal of a sobering day in America's history. It is Oliver Stone's best, most heartfelt movie. And, it has some of the most positive Christian content from a major Hollywood movie this year. It contains a very strong Christian worldview with very strong morally uplifting, pro-family content. It also is one of the most pro-American movies of the year. The only major drawback is that it contains too much foul language, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.