WTC the First 24 Hours Image
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  • Summary: A haunting tour of the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001 attack.
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  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. A meditation on the scale of a catastrophe so enormous that all the assembled resources seem paltry and inadequate.
  4. 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.
  5. The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Forgoing any voice-over commentary, these now-familiar images regain their original power to shock with the sheer enormity of the event.
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