There are certain moments that happen in life where time stand stills, the world around you ceases to exist and that no matter how many years pass, exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news became engrained in your mind and in your soul as a moment that becomes permanently etched in your memories-the events of 9/11 were one of those moments.
Ask anyone if they remember 9/11 and they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing and if they are like me, the rest of the hours and days that came after were more of an unbelievable blur that could not be processed much less understood and didn’t seem real and yet it was. 9/11 The Movie brings back that day from a all new perspective by examining it through the lens of ordinary people just going about their daily lives as they always had that were suddenly thrust into an extraordinary situation. Sit back and think for a moment-at that precise moment people were at their desks at work at the world trade center, people were going about their daily routines just as they had so many times before not knowing that in a blink of an eye, their world would never be the same again and for some of those people in the World Trade Center that day, they stepped into an elevator, not knowing what was about to happen-it was just another ordinary day, and then it wasn’t.
9/11 The Movie focuses on a group of people who fate would bring together as they happened to be in the same elevator on September 11. Based on actual events of some of those that were caught in elevators, 9/11 The Movie gives us a look into the tragic events of that day through powerful storytelling. In the first few minutes of the film, the audience is introduced through a series of seemingly random occurrences- a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife inside the World Trade Center, while over in a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work and then there’s the maintenance man who gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment and elsewhere a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. All as random as random can be but through a twist of fate and a series of event, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator and their lives become forever changed.
Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.
With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds. With powerful almost understated performances delivered by the entire cast, once you’ve seen 9/11 The Movie from that moment on, you can’t help but wonder as you step onto an elevator, or board a plane, or take your seat on the commuter train as you scan the people around you “What if something were to happen? How will these people change the course of my life?” Everyone knows the events of 9/11 but now with 9/11 The Movie it brings to the forefront things never before talked about or for most of us, even given a passing thought-the stories of the individuals who left that house living out “just another day” that would turn out to be a day that changed the nation and the world forever.
9/11 The Movie opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman(The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men). It will make you think, it will make you feel and it will have you wondering long after the final credit rolls.
But the one thing each and every one of us learned from that day was the strength and resilience and power and ultimately the triumph of the human spirt and the power of ordinary people have when they come together and so that this tragedy is never forgotten, we have joined together with the makers of the 9/11 Movie and our friends at Tuesday’s Children, the leading response and recovery organization supporting youth and families impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss relating to 9/11.
Never before has the word “Hope” meant so much to so many people in so many ways as it did on 9/11 and now we want you to bring home “Hope” to you family with this amazing gift pack that contains:
1 – 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace
1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children
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This weekend, take the family and see the story of hope and how lives changed when the unthinkable happened and go see 9/11 The Movie, now playing in theaters everywhere.