Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A group of 5 people are trapped in an elevator following the attack on the World Trade Center and must find a way to safety.
My Take on it – When I heard about this film a few months ago, I was quite intrigued to see how it would be presented.
The premise is really great but unfortunately doesn’t work as well as it probably could have.
The small cast is quite talented and they are helped by great dialogue but too many of the scenes feel too wooden instead of filled with real emotion.
Even Charlie Sheen does a fine job here despite his recent very public issues over the past few years and he shows that he can still be a talented actor when he tries.
The fact that we know much more than the characters do about the timeline of events on that day helps build more tension because we are aware of a time limit that they don’t know anything about as they try to find a way to safety.
In the end, this film isn’t as emotional as one would expect from a 9/11 themed film which takes away from any kind of impact that it really could have.
Bottom Line – Great idea that doesn’t work as well as I had hoped it would. The cast is quite talented, but some of the scenes come across as feeling quite wooden. Sheen is actually quite good here despite all of his recent issues. The fact that we have knowledge that the characters don’t helps raise the level of tension as we watch them try to save themselves. I would have expected a film about the Towers being much more emotional and this doesn’t deliver from that perspective.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on Patrick James Carson’s award winning play “Elevator”, which premiered in October 2011 at the Red Barn Theater of Tucson, Arizona. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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