May 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm #15078
By JEFF FARANCE
Film Critic — New Church Family, Daytona Beach
”WTC View” rated R (2005); critic’s rating 4 out of 5 stars. The film will be shown Sunday May 15 at noon at New Church Family – -the public is invited.
Is healing harder when one is constantly confronted by the trauma’s source? “WTC View” recalls with wrenching authenticity the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.
A roommate is needed for a Lower Manhattan apartment. One of its selling points is its location near the World Trade Center. Thus the ad beckoned with the phrase ‘‘WTC View.’’ Sadly, it appeared Sept. 10.
The 107-minute movie is written and directed by Brian Sloan, who adapted it from his NYC Fringe Fest play. His inspiration was the ad of his own, placed the day before the twin towers tumbled. Then he transcribed his answering machine messages for weeks afterward.
Michael Urie, (looking like a teenager though in his early 20s at the time of the film, which was prior to his star turn in the TV comedy ‘‘Ugly Betty,’’ and features the entire cast of the stageplay) is the central character, Eric. Eric recently has broken up with his boyfriend, but was far from over the relationship when airplanes attacked the American way of life. Instead of the WTC cataclysm distracting him from his love life, it sends him reeling, feeling lost, alone and panic-stricken with a tinge of survivor’s guilt. Sirens send him into a paranoid frenzy.
Fortunately, he has his best friend, Josie (Elizabeth Kapplow), who’s in the same futile fight to restore some sense of normalcy. Her albatross is the deteriorated relationship with her husband. They remain together, though essentially estranged. And Josie is our comic relief.
“WTC View” is little more than an ambitious recording of the play. It manages to be gut-wrenching without even a wisp of an image of the lost towers. Instead, each of those who visit the apartment as prospective tenants step up to the window. As sunlight washes over their faces, so does a rush of emotions. Reminiscences of where each character was when the towers turned into ashes range from simple descriptions of when and how they heard the news to a wrenching tale of a narrow miss from a bond trader who left the first tower just ahead of Armegeddon.
With them, we relive those moments, that day — and the significant days since. Fortunately the film leaves us to recall the indelible images of flags and candles held aloft and funeral processions and stricken survivors. Windows on the World wasn’t just a restaurant at a tower’s top. It, indeed, looked out on all the frenetic, bustling, brawling and bombastic activities of the Big Apple, the city that is still both a pinnacle and a microcosm.
“WTC View” unleashes a torrent of raw emotions from a time never to be forgotten, regardless of what ties each of us to the event.
“WTC View” is a window into the lives of New Yorkers trying to cope with the unimaginable, trying to sort out pieces of the past that weren’t wiped away by terrorism, and trying to view their future, and ours.
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