With the retro-escapist-ultra-hetero "Superman Returns" in theaters this weekend, and fun-but-mindless "Pirates of the Caribbean" just around the bend, it's heartening to see a movie with enormous heft and substance coming our way.
Paramount's "World Trade Center" is coming out this August, and quite honestly, and after reading about it in this weekend's New York Times, it's the first 9/11 movie that I can imagine wanting to go and see.
David Halbfinger's multi-faceted and enlightening piece about the making of "WTC" shows a sober, mature and for a change, focused and disciplined Oliver Stone telling a story we all have heard, but don't really understand: How two Port Authority policemen survived a 90 foot plunge into a crevasse below unimaginable tons of rubble.
Says Stone in the Times, "You could argue the guys don't do much, they get pinned, so what," Mr. Stone says. "There will be those type of people. I say there is heroism. Here you see this image of these poor men approaching the tower, with no equipment, just their bodies, and they don't know what the hell they're doing, and they're going up into this inferno, they're like babies. You feel saddened, you feel sorry for them. They don't have a chance."
It's definitely worth a read, and the piece is available online now.