World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Oliver Stone (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
While United 93 dramatised the events of 11 September 2001 in hand-held, documentary style, here Oliver Stone uses broad brush strokes to convey the enormity of the attacks on New York. With four times the budget of Paul Greengrass's film, Stone employs disaster-movie effects and one showboating, digitally created aerial shot, to take us deep into the rubble of the collapsed buildings, where two Port Authority cops (Nicolas Cage, mercifully subdued, and Michael Peña) await rescue. Meanwhile their wives, a tightly wound Maggie Gyllenhaal and stoic Mario Bello, play their own fraught waiting game. Though based on the real-life experiences of the McLoughlin and Jimeno families, the story's resolution seems convenient and hokey. It's certainly well made, but anyone hoping for political context or comment from the director of JFK and Born on the Fourth of July will be disappointed by a film that - in the main - avoids controversy and focuses on heroism.


Fact-based drama inspired by the events of September 11. The film focuses on two police officers who were trapped in the wreckage of one of the Twin Towers while they oversaw the evacuation, and examines the effects of the tragic incident on their families. Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael Pena and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Cast & Crew

John McLoughlin Nicolas Cage
Will Jimeno Michael Pena
Allison Jimeno Maggie Gyllenhaal
Donna McLoughlin Maria Bello
Scott Strauss Stephen Dorff
Dominick Pezzulo Jay Hernandez
Dave Karnes Michael Shannon
JJ McLoughlin Anthony Piccininni
Erin McLoughlin Alexa Gerasimovich
Caitlin McLoughlin Morgan Flynn
Antonio Rodrigues Armando Riesco
Christopher Amoroso Jon Bernthal
Director Oliver Stone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Sep 2006