9/11 comes into focus in latest drama
Runtime: 85 minutes
Age restriction: 13LV
Special Features: Behind the scenes
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Times New Media
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, people around the world watched in horror as two aeroplanes crashed into the World Trade Centre in a series of several coordinated terror attacks launched against the USA.
In the chaotic moments that followed, emergency units worked tirelessly to evacuate the Twin Towers before they collapsed.
Using this tragedy as a backdrop, the drama 9/11 focuses on five people – billionaire Jeffery Cage (Charlie Sheen), his soon-to-be ex-wife Eve (Gina Gershon), bike messenger Michael (Wood Harris), custodial engineer Eddie (Luis Guzman) and Tina (Olga Fonda), a young woman frightened of confined spaces – who are trapped in an elevator between the 37th and 38th floors of the North Tower when the planes strike the buildings.
Unable to force open the doors, their only link to the outside world is elevator dispatcher Metzie (Whoopi Goldberg), who talks to them through the intercom system and informs the five individuals about the destruction unfolding around them.
Despite coming from different backgrounds and having their own personal problems to contend with, the five elevator passengers soon band together and attempt to escape before the inevitable happens and the towers collapse.
Based on the play Elevator, by Patrick James Carson, 9/11 is directed by Martin Guigui, and fans of Charlie Sheen will be interested to know that there is a subtle reference made to his character Bud Fox from the brilliant 1987 film Wall Street.
Since its release, 9/11 has received severe backlash from several critics; however, the actual footage of the September 11 attacks which is used in the film serves as a grim reminder of one of the darkest days in American history. Considering the sensitive nature of the subject material, the film has no middle ground and viewers will either enjoy 9/11 or find it offensive and in poor taste.
9/11 is now available on DVD.