I suppose that 9/11 is the historical event that will always haunt my generation and plenty more. The question of where we were when the first plane hit occurs regularly and we’ve had the conversation on the back porch with various friends. I’m not really certain it matters so much where we were, as how it impacted us. For me, I was driving home from vo-tech to my Momma’s house. I was in 11th grade. I remember hearing it on the radio show I watched all the time and thinking what a poor joke it was. When I got home, I walked in going “Mom, you wouldn’t believe the crap they are….” and then I saw the television. We all know that was enough. More than enough actually.
9/11 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).
In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.
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.