World Trade Center (2006)

I was six years old on September 11th, 2001 when those two passenger planes crashed into the two buildings of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, NYC. I thought it was all an accident, but it wasn’t. Both planes were hijacked as they came from the Middle East. It was no thanks to those terrorists. Immediately, all of North America declared war in the Middle East. Mostly Afghanistan. So before the ‘12 Strong’ were the first to be deployed to avenge the death of the World Trade Center, many firefighters and police officers fought hard to rescue many people before the twin towers completely collapsed.

One of them for example, Brian Cannizzaro was 31 years old when this firefighter was killed on that day. A while ago with his children, before his death on that tragic day, they loved watching Hit Entertainment tv shows for kids like “Angelina Ballerina”, “The Wiggles”, the stop motion cartoon “Bob the Builder”, a little bit of that violet dinosaur ‘Barney’, but mostly “The Crocodile Hunter”. Which was why a year later, “Wiggly Safari” with the Wiggles, Steve Irwin, his wife Terri and their daughter Bindi, dedicated that kids video in loving memory of him. And the rest of the firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

2,749 people died on that day at the World Trade Center including citizens from 87 countries. 343 were New York firemen. 84 were port authority employees of whom 37 were police. Another 23 were NYPD.

Out of most of the NYC firefighters, only two have made it out alive, plus 18 more people. I wasn’t prepared to watch this movie yet in 2006, but I sure did when I got older. Had no choice but to watch it online. Just in time before September 11th, 2021. Cause it’s been 20 years since that tragic day. And I thank filmmaker Oliver Stone for doing this historical film. Depicting of how those firefighters fought hard as only two got out. Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, just before or after he had his lower jaw removed in surgery to avoid cancer, he gave this film 2 and a half out of 4 stars. However after watching this, 7.2 out of 10 stars is what I give on this.

Nicholas Cage, Michael Peña, Jay Hernandez, Jon Bernthal, Michael Shannon, and Viola Davis are the only stars I know of. Before they got famous later on. The only part I didn’t liked were those hallucinations.

As of 2021, after a long war which lasted 20 long years, US troops have decided to withdraw by September 11th, 2021. Just in time for the 20th anniversary of that tragic day. One path that the people in the Middle East would have to choose, despite the American troops over there. And that is the path of surrender. Raising the white flag to give it all up. Let one nation win it all to avenge the death of the World Trade Center.

After all, it was Philippe Petit’s most favourite place to ever visit. The French high wire artist that on the morning of August 7th, 1974, he did a high wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, when that place was already born.

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