Q&A Friday #45: Are You Going To See ‘World Trade Center?’

Question: “John, will you see the new Oliver Stone movie World Trade Center when it comes out?” — karensp9

Answer: Early on, I didn’t think there could be a worse choice for a director of a 9/11 movie than Oliver Stone. I figured it would include conspiracy theories, have a very left-wing slant, be tacky….but it doesn’t sound like that’s the case.

Here’s Cal Thomas on the movie:

“I have a long list of favorite patriotic movies, including “Victory at Sea,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Sands of Iwo Jima,” but Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” is right up there with the best of them. It is one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, God Bless America films you will ever see.

What? Oliver Stone, who hangs out with and praises Fidel Castro? Oliver Stone, who indulges in conspiracy theories and is a dues-paying member of the Hollywood left? Yes, THAT Oliver Stone.

“World Trade Center” is the story of five men who volunteered to enter the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001 in their role as officers of the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). Three of them died and two, Will Jimeno (played persuasively by Michael Pena) and Sergeant John McLoughlin (played magnificently by Nicolas Cage), were buried in the rubble. These are real men who love their wives and children and are not afraid to say so. They are religious men who pray without shame or reserve. In fact, Jesus makes an appearance in Jimeno’s hallucination, carrying a bottle of water to quench his thirst). Treating faith as genuine and with respect has only recently made a comeback among filmmakers.”

Here’s more from a Cliff May post at the Corner:

“God Bless Oliver Stone.

His film, World Trade Center, may be the most powerful work I’ve ever seen on the screen.

It should be required viewing for every American. It reminds us what we are fighting against (so many people have forgotten).

It reminds us what we are fighting for (so many people don’t seem to understand how precious America is).”

If Cal Thomas and Cliff May are talking it up that much, it must be pretty good. That’s why I am planning to go see the movie.

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