DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003 TV Movie)
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While this film was very Bush-friendly, I think it was accurate. Bush is a caring man, you can tell by his whole emotion during 9/11 (not the movie, but in real life). Everyone wants to think he's this dopey guy who doesn't do anything at all and lets others make his choices. Dopey or not, he made it to Governor and President, he's not too dopey if he did that. Think its luck? Could you do it? Nope and neither could I.
That being said, this was a decent film for the fact that it was rushed out and not very high budget. It really stirred up some memories for me and brought me to tears a few times. The whole Iraq and WMD issues were there and were not painted as a conservative or liberal slant, I would say that it both supported and damned the Bush administration just as much as it supported and damned the liberal viewpoint on the Iraq war.
I never thought of Bush as a great president, but if the movie is really true to life, then I am wrong, he is a great president. He was portrayed as a president that takes action and has the country's best at heart. Did he pawn off some business rebuilding Iraq to some buddies of his, but what politician hasn't or wouldn't do that? If you think Clinton didn't profit or his buddies didn't profit during his administration then you are living in a dream world.
Anyway, I think it's worth watching this movie. In fact I would like to buy it. I'll admit that I'm a Bush supporter, but I'm also fair enough to recognize propaganda even if it supports my candidate. This is a bit of that, but since there were consultants for this film from both sides I believe that it's just like every other movie made, a bit of Hollywood, a bit of the producers politics and a bit of fact. Although I think it's mostly fact.
I began watching, expecting to turn it off in ten minutes. However, the movie turned out to be a diamond in the rough, a very pleasant surprise.
Of course, the cast is certainly not A-list (they seem to have been cast mainly for their resemblances to administration members--John Cunningham in particular being Rummy's doppelganger). However, I can't think of one person in the cast who didn't turn a passionate, stirring, and accurate performance; from David Fonteno's tentative Colin Powell to Allen Coates's condescending Senator Byrd. These actors have certainly done their homework.
Given that this movie, in premium channel style, will probably be played ad nauseam over the next few months, everyone will have plenty of chance to see it, and see it they should. Though it's rather weak praise, it's probably the best cable-tv original movie I've ever seen.
I feel that the opinions of the majority,who rated this film a 1, did so not on the basis of artistic merit, but on politics. Let's stick to our knitting here folks. I thought the film was capably acted, had some very effective cut-aways and told an interesting account of the days immediately following our nation's greatest tragedy. To balance the leftist propaganda machine, I vote this a 10!
You see, no matter what position someone holds, they will always make mistakes. Spelling mistakes, calculation mistakes, errors in judgment, failure to achieve completion of a good project, and creating bad projects that damage plague us all! I can say 'sorry' for things I fail at - and boy I sure do, and I get forgiven and even respected for the apology. But not leaders. Especially leaders who don't follow the popular trends. Its as if the 'popular trends' are always the right trends and if you fail when you aren't following the trends, well, there you go! Idiot! Hardly. It's not fair or balanced when trend followers fail and don't get any blame. Bush's predecessor (what's his name?) lied loudly to the world, but that was a trendy thing he did.. so hey, no foul. Media liked him.
Anyways, the film yes. Well there's not one film in the world (besides spaceballs and Dude Where's My Car and others of that sort) that don't take themselves seriously. There's always something in it that isn't just entertainment - but always a message to be heard. Was this film supposed to be the precise history of 9/11? No, I really didn't feel that was the intention. It really was a film that brought emotion to the forefront. It wasn't to blame or to fame anyone, but rather to lift up those who suffered, to show the faces of Americans as a nation that hurt. The film brought tears to my eyes to see the devastation again (though the scenes that showed destruction were easily identified as special effects) and I took that message to heart. It brings the same compassion and hurt to viewers as should stories brought to us from the devastation of Katrina. That's what the film was - not finger pointing or some political spam tool, but good old story telling of pain and sorrow - what we all should ponder each year at 9/11.
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Timmoth Bottoms nails GW's character. From not being able to find the adequate words to express his grief and sorrow to a nation, to stopping reporters in their tracks from saying things that would potentially cause undue stress on a group of kindergartners (he said: "we can discuss that later (meaning NOT HERE)." The accurate portrayal of a leader who took charge during that period of time.
It done accurately, it is done with no political leanings, and it is just a great piece of work.
As far as the movie DC 9/11: A Time of Crisis goes, it is a fairly accurate portrayal of President Bush's response to the 9/11 attacks, and not politically-motivated left-wing propaganda that is usually found in Hollywood.
Timothy Bottom's portrayal of President George W. Bush was first-rate and deserved an Oscar for Best Actor, but sadly there is political bias as far as who gets awards in Hollywood and who doesn't.
It is a powerful film. Be prepared to be moved.
The film serves to remind the viewers of the combined tragedies, and the impact on our national psyche. If you have somehow dozed off to the implications of 9/11, this film might serve to wake you up.
By the end of the film, if you don't feel the surge of love for your country and the compassion and pride that goes with it, perhaps you need to check your partisanship at the door. When we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, the terrorists didn't target just Democrats, or just Republicans. They weren't even targeting just Americans. The World Trade Center was a financial icon for the world, and was as multi-ethnic and multi-national as any single building besides the U.N. headquarters can be. No, the WTC attack on 9/11 was an indication that the attacks previously focused on the United States had just been expanded against all Western nations, and by extension - on Christians, Jews, Muslims who do business with them, and on all non-Muslims. It was a renewed declaration of war, and this film portrays the leaders who helped us through the tragedy as a nation, and as a result - it focuses around the one man who did the most to comfort a grieving nation.
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis is as accurate as it is possible for anyone to be. Many who would rather a savagely and destructively critical review of President Bush's days after 9/11 will quite naturally denounce this movie. It simply doesn't fit with their twisted and hate filled view of the world.
It is simply not possible to dispute the accuracy of many of the scenes because only those who were there can really tell us what happened. For the rest of us who do not belong to the fellowship of 'dubya' hatred it is the best that we are ever likely to get. For that we should all be grateful.
This movie might be trying to be propaganda, but it is also telling a story, one that the public was not aware of. The critics of this movie on IMDb appear to have all this inside information. Were they there? How do they know how the President acted, or anyone else for that matter?? I follow the news enough to believe that these people could actually have made those statements and acted in those manners.
So what if the actor who portrayed the President was the same one that made fun of him on the cable TV show. He was the perfect choice in his physical resemblance, voice, and mannerisms. He obviously felt strongly enough in his convictions to play this part (either that or he really wanted the meager salary of this big budget movie). Certainly it was not an embarrassment to play this part in this movie.
A movie needs to be judged on it's own merit as a movie. This one needs to be looked at as if the story didn't happen. Then the movie can be judged as a movie. In the meantime, many people that have reviewed it have not been able to step back far away enough to do that. It is all too obvious.
I was impressed with the characterisations, and found some sections to be quite moving.
This is a much more accurate portrayal than Farenheit 9-11, which I'm told, contains many factual errors and more artistic license ( its crap in other words)
It's easy to see why certain people are blasting this film , but those people with so much unreasonable dislike for Bush will never be convinced , i prefer to be more objective and cannot see anything i really dislike about him
My condolences to all those who lost their lives that terrible day
Michael Moore fans will not enjoy this film because it does not portray President Bush as a bumbling buffoon, affable moron, or thieving pol. Instead, the film remains accurate about what the President said and did in public, and creates believable and plausible scenes about which was not in public. In short, the film makers did not buy into myths, fantasy, or paranoid delusion about 9/11, the President, or the government. In that regard, the film is indeed refreshing.
Liberals who want to carp about a film that dares to show a positive depiction of President Bush have been pampered for years with fawning (and often not always accurate) portrayals of Democrat presidents in action (see the well-done "Missiles Of October" and the awful "Thirteen Days" for instance) that it speaks volumes to their general sense of intolerance to throw fits over a film that dares to show a positive depiction of a Republican president in action.
But unlike liberal movies with their indulgence for hate-filled conspiracy rhetoric about conservatives and Republicans, there are no cheap shots thrown at Democrat politicians in this film. Sure, we hear talk about "changes in policy" but there are no direct digs at Bill Clinton which Chetwynd easily could have done. The intent, like "The Missiles Of October", is to recreate how our leaders acted in a time of crisis, and in that respect he succeeds brilliantly just like "The Missiles Of October" did for the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The performances are outstanding. Timothy Bottoms nails W. down perfectly as do the rest of the cast (although I didn't think Lawrence Pressman quite got Dick Cheney). It's enough to make you at times think you're listening in on the real events as they unfolded.
Bravo Lionel Chetwynd for providing people who understand the facts about 9/11 and President Bush for giving us a welcome antidote to the mountains of filth from the likes of Michael Moore and other self-hating Americans.