WTC the First 24 Hours


Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
  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. 70
    Forgoing any voice-over commentary, these now-familiar images regain their original power to shock with the sheer enormity of the event.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A meditation on the scale of a catastrophe so enormous that all the assembled resources seem paltry and inadequate.

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