Released in theaters just five years after the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001, Olivier Stone’s World Trade Center takes a look back at an incredible true story. That of two police officers rescued from the ruins of the twin towers after several hours trapped under the rubble.
For the whole world, September 11 is now a special date. Everyone remembers what they did on that terrible day in 2001, and the younger generations learn about these events from the books. For the 20 years of the most terrible terrorist attack in history, the channels are multiplying the programs, as W9 did in 2019 with the minute-by-minute story of the attack on the two towers of the World Trade Center. Chilling images, on which the fiction has also looked, with in particular the series The Looming Tower, which returns to the failure of the American intelligence services to predict the attacks. In another genre, Oliver Stone has chosen to tell another story around the collapse of the Twin Towers.
As is often the case, American cinema quickly looked into its history, with many feature films released just a few years after September 11, 2001. David Greengrass’s Flight 93 (2006) looked back on the revolt of the passengers of the plane that crashed in a field. Great observers of America’s wounds, Oliver Stone has chosen to focus on emotion and a beautiful story in the midst of chaos. In World Trade Center, released in theaters in September 2006, the filmmaker delves into the barely believable story of police officers trapped in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
As soon as the alert was given on the morning of September 11, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin of the Port Authority Department went with their unit to the South Tower of the World Trade Center, which was on fire. As they try to rescue those trapped on the upper floors, the building collapses. Two of the policemen died instantly, a third a little later during the collapse of the North Tower, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin are wounded but alive, trapped under tons of rubble. Only able to rely on themselves, they hold on thanks to a freight elevator that has created an air pocket that keeps them alive. Ten hours after the disaster, the American soldiers heard their calls for help. Will Jimeno is saved after 13 hours, John McLoughlin after 22 hours of waiting. Both retired shortly after the attack and remain physically marked by the terrible ordeal they endured.
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