January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #37 of the 47.
Initial Viewing Memories – Was mesmerized the first, second and third time I watched this film because it is truly a unique film that was able to capture history in the making (by accident) and is so powerful to watch.
“When I came back that day, to the firehouse, one firefighter came to me and he said, “You know, yesterday, you had one brother. Today, you have fifty.” – Jules Naudet
Number of Times Seen – 3 (30 Mar 2002, 20 Apr 2015 and 22 Jan 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Two documentarian brothers filming the initial phase of a young firefighter’s training happen upon one of histories largest terrorist attack by accident and document the events as they happen.
My Take on it – This is a film that is so unique and at the same time mesmerizing.
The idea that a film starts off in one directions and due to fate and history, they ended up documenting something that no one had ever even dreamed could occur.
This film is able to show the world the heroism and the fearlessness of these firefighters when faced with a task that they never expected.
The film gives so much weight to the story by the fact that the two documentarian brothers were separated during this ordeal and we constantly wonder about the fate of one another along with them
This film shows some very realistic and harrowing images and remains so unique in some of the footage that they were able to capture on film due to the circumstances that they found themselves in.
I still recall that this film was first broadcast on regular TV with the caveat that it wasn’t edited for images and language and that they somehow got approval from the censors to show it as is on network TV in order to keep the emotions of it all remain true to the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
The footage allows the viewer to feel so connected to the events of the day and the real time aspect of this film is able to transport the viewer back to this very fateful day as we watch the story and tragedy of that day unfold in front of us.
This is one of the most amazing documentaries ever made and is a great way of seeing the events of that day as they progressed.
It’s emotional and poignant and always brings tears to my eyes because of the way it portrays the day that the world changed for all of us nearly 18.5 years ago
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This documentary contains the only footage from the lobby of Tower One after flight 11 hit until the collapse of Tower Two. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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