WTC the First 24 Hours

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  • Summary: A haunting tour of the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001 attack.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    Actually manages a fresh perspective. The director, camera in tow, had unimpeded access to the devastation for a full day before being shooed away by officials, and the footage he captured (sans commentary) is both gut-wrenchingly familiar and disconcertingly foreign.
  2. 75
    A verité collage of indelible images Sauret collected in and around Ground Zero, beginning moments after the planes hit the World Trade Center.
  3. The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
  4. 70
    Forgoing any voice-over commentary, these now-familiar images regain their original power to shock with the sheer enormity of the event.
  5. A meditation on the scale of a catastrophe so enormous that all the assembled resources seem paltry and inadequate.
  6. 70
    The mostly wordless film simply presents Ground Zero, the dust-covered surrounding areas, and the city's immediate rescue efforts. As a document, it's invaluable, and as a viewing experience, it's somewhat shocking.
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