• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss how the events in New York on September 11th 2001 have been adapted into the opening of the movie World Trade Centre.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE English: Media Assignment Discuss how the events in New York on September 11th 2001 have been adapted into the opening of the movie World Trade Centre. For this media assignment we looked at the first 25 minutes of the film World Trade Centre (WTC). WTC was a 2006 American disaster film directed by Oliver stone and was based on the September 11 attacks on the WTC towers of New York City. Oliver Stone in this film mainly focused on the heroism and bravery involved in the rescue men and two Port Authority officers; Jon McGlocklin played by Nicholas Cage and Will Jimeno played by Michael Pe´┐Ża. I believe the reason Oliver stone chose this story from over thousands of stories to choose from because at those times bravery and heroism was what was the biggest matter to the Americans. Every American citizen wanted to see the pictures of rescuers and helpers not the picture of the towers collapsing or anything that reminds them about the event in a decadent way. Hence it was a positive way to look at the attacks; to know that America fought back not just plummet into destruction. The public want to hear and see the never-give-up spirit showed by them in that ghastly day that everyone hates to remember. The September 11 attacks especially the ones on the WTC had massive effects and impacts on the future of the world. In that day of the WTC attacks 2,605 people died; 200 of these jumped off the buildings to their deaths and many more were injured. The economy moreover took a huge downfall in NYC therefore affecting almost all the world. ...read more.

Middle

Soon we see all the characters in the screen look up and out of the blue a shadow of dangerously low flying plane flashes past the screen. Close up camera shots were then used to show the clear expressions shown by the characters in response to the unusual sight. Nevertheless you don't see the plane flying in to the tower. This could have been because of ethical or technical reasons. Additionally a sombre non-diagetic music was being played as the plane when the people where looking at it. This signified the sadness and disappointment that flooded through every one the point that plane flew in to the tower. Moreover we were shown a police station near the towers shaking as the plane came into contact with the tower. This suggests that these attacks rocked everybody emotionally and physically even the police. The director chose pictures of the dilapidated tower on TV when some officers were watching it while trying to make any sense of it. Stone, I believe chose to show a clip of genuine pictures shown news that day so that someone can say "Oh! I remember watching that" and trigger memories that were put aside. Another thing I picked up on was that the officers were from a number of races. This might signifies the community of New York and its cultural diversity. However, I take it as it was meant to signify the 2,605 people that died on the WTC attacks were from 90 different cultural backgrounds, so it mirrors the officers in that station. The officers were then called to go near the towers on a bus so that they can get one with the rescue operations. ...read more.

Conclusion

They all gave the impression that they were calm which was the least thing you would expect to see on people's faces at that time. You would certainly expect them to be very panicky and hectic as well. Furthermore one thing I really liked about the opening was that I think Stone captured the real spirit of America by choosing to focus on the heroism. Even though there was real danger out there they still refused to admit defeat, sit down and sob about it. It was the contrary, the stuck together and fought against it. By including the sounds of sirens and walkie talkies Stone showed that USA never gave up, they showed the will to fight. Nevertheless some people think otherwise. They believe it's the lack of political bite that was one of World Trade Center's weakest elements. Therefore this made it seem heavily biased towards the entire "Heroism" theme and an overly sentimental, sluggish bore. They felt he needed to show us the real deal. Oliver Stone did a good job on these first 25 minutes but the rest of the film needed a bit more work. I thought these 25 minutes were the most enjoyable and gripping part of the film but the rest was a bit dry. However what the film does convey effectively was the sheer confusion in the period following the first plane hitting. As McGlocklin and his men enter the World Trade Center to help in the evacuation, they aren't even aware the second tower has been struck. After the film's most unsettling moments as it shows the tower collapsing all around, McGlocklin and Jimeno find themselves trapped under an avalanche of rubble. Therefore all credit to Stone and all the characters. ?? ?? ?? ?? Evan Araia 5 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Audience and Production Analysis section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Audience and Production Analysis essays

  1. How successfully is a dysfunctional family portrayed in "Little Miss Sunshine?"

    the chicken from the back of the car he moves his head up and down instead of saying 'OK Mum' very erratic because he writes it when he should communicate properly with his family. Olive is adorable and cute, her behavior contrast with the families enthusiasm and her generosity to uncle frank contrast with dysfunctional behavior of the family.

  2. Why in your opinion has Star Wars: A New Hope become such an iconic ...

    such as the text "Mars" written in the Star Wars: A New Hope logo font. Also "use the forks" replacing Star Wars: A New Hope famous line "use the force". By this type of parody it makes Star Wars a lot more recognisable and iconic.

  1. Television and its effects and importance to, children

    Nonetheless, if the media controlled by the government is impartial and "correct" there are no problems; for example, PBS in the United States, CBC or Radio Canada in Canada. Yet, one example of government dominated broadcast is the case of the USSR.

  2. Food Inc Movie review. FOOD, Inc discusses the downfall and degradation of Americas ...

    In fact, the rate of arresting these illegal immigrants is slow to enable the food industries to have sufficient workers at any one time. Subsequently, the viewer is introduced to the economics of the food system. Large companies acquire small companies and sell their products.

  1. Compare the representation of Britishness in the Metro Notting Hill Carnival article, the clip ...

    a thing with some people since so long, so they try to get them back, by starting trouble. I think that sometimes it can be a common experience for people in Britain because there is more bad behaviour going on and you will see older and younger people getting hurt.

  2. Sixth Sense

    When he begins to talk to Malcolm, he slowly begins to remove the figures as if he is lowering the barrier between them. Also we do not see Coles breath when talking to Malcolm which means Malcolm is never angry with him, this could be another reason for Cole to trust him.

  1. How does the opening ten minutes of Disneys Monsters Inc prepare the viewer for ...

    This links with the scene later on in the film when Sulley and Mike are chasing Randell and they go into the door warehouse. The second door seen shows one of the main aspects about the film because this time, when the door opens there is a big monster, the

  2. How does the director of Mission Impossible 2 build intrigue and establish genre in ...

    The lighting changes before the oxygen masks are dropped. The lights switch off briefly making an area of the plane in shadow. This causes the audience to think something is wrong and the darkness is associated with death and evil creating anticipation to the attack.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work