Ten years later, I’m surprised at the lack of narrative feature films that have depicted the events of 9/11. A couple that immediately come to mind are 2006’s United 93 and World Trade Center. (Of course, the 2004 Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 deserves mention here, despite not being a narrative.) Sure, there have been some others in which 9/11 served as a backdrop or back story, but very few in which the attacks, themselves, are dramatized for the big screen. Perhaps some feel it’s still too soon or it would be wrong to profit from the tragic events—though that’s never really deterred filmmakers with a story to tell in the past.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHdqw6scuIc]
IMDb Summary: A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Screenwriter: Paul Greengrass
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Greengrass, Lloyd Levin
Cast: JJ Johnson, Gary Commock, David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Runtime: 111 min.
Rating: R, for language and some intense sequences of terror and violence[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoVTupwbQ-s]
WORLD TRADE CENTER
IMDb Summary: Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Director: Oliver Stone
Screenwriter: Andrea Berloff
Producers: Moritz Borman, Debra Hill, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jay Hernandez, Michael Shannon
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Runtime: 129 min.
Rating: PG-13, for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images, and language