„9/11“ is an extraordinary record of that fateful day in New York City. This one-of-a-kind documentary was originally conceived as a portrait of 21-year-old Tony Benetatos, a firefighter trainee at Manhattan’s Duane Street firehouse, located seven blocks from the World Trade Center.
By the time filming was finished, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet had captured history in the making, including the only image of the first jetliner striking Tower 1, and the onlyfootage from within the tower as it collapsed. This is not, however, a film about the murderous nightmare of terrorism. It’s the ultimaterite-of-passage drama, more immediate and meaningful than any fiction could be, with Benetatos and his supportive colleagues emerging as heroes of the first order.
Sensitively narrated by codirector and fellow firefighter James Hanlon, „9/11“ will endure forever as a tribute to those, living and dead, who witnessed hell on that sunny Tuesday morning.
In English, with English subtitles. IMDB rating: 8.3. 120 mins.