The 9-11 Research companion to the film World Trade Center
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 eachother, 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.