Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers (2005) Poster

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9/10
Call scores big in my book
coreyarmideo1 October 2005
A great documentary with a great social message. Man's humanity toward man. Perhaps it will be tough for Answering The Call to compete with Morgan Freeman and his Penguin pals, but if I were voting for best documentary of the year, it would be the one produced by Angeli and Dubin.

A side note: It is interesting how two of the posted "reviewers" have made their way from site to site posting the same review of Answering The Call. In their desperate attempt to take shots at Scientology they have knowingly discredited the entire rescue operation and the many good people who responded to New York on 9/11 -- including the Scientologists. I volunteered as a firefighter and EMT, along with 40,000 of friends and colleagues at Ground Zero, including the 800 volunteer ministers.

If anyone's been brainwashed, it's these two cats, who believe that man is inherently bad. Go see the movie boys, because you sure as heck didn't see the film that was shown in theaters on 9/11.
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1/10
David Miscaviage and the terrible no good very bad sickening year for promoting Scientology.
Prince_of_Persia14 September 2005
Warning: Spoilers
This video documentary was written and produced by a devout Scientologist and functions as a promotional film for the Church of Scientology. Supposedly a tribute to the volunteers who helped out in the aftermath of 9/11, it serves to promote the efforts of Scientology's Volunteer Ministers who dominate the second half of the film.

It takes 49 minutes of buildup before the movie introduces a brief segment on the faith based efforts of the Salvation Army then quickly segues to the other "faith based" group from Scientology.

This juxtaposition is purposeful and gets repeated later in the film when a Christian minister gets inter cut with a Scientologist volunteer minister who proclaims "we all share the same beliefs." I'm certain the Christian minister doesn't buy into L. Ron Hubbard's belief that Christ was an alien implant.

The film also gives a lengthy plug to Scientology's detoxification program created, as the film explains, by noted author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard. The Detox has never been found medically sound, is widely recognized as quackery and known to use dangerous levels of liver damaging niacin.

In effect, the movie attempts to safe-point Scientology, which in their terms means to make the group acceptable to mainstream society. Not surprisingly, no mention is made of the scandal which erupted after 9/11 when Scientology sent out anonymous press releases offering mental health assistance to victims of the tragedy and routing people straight to Scientology. They were widely condemned for this fraudulent action.

There have been many moving tributes to those who have lost their lives on 9/11. This film is a little more than a recruiting tool for a group many consider to be a dangerous cult.

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Had there been more than one family in the audience (whom I'm wagering got in free since the theater was admitting firefighters, police, military and other rescue personnel and their families for free) I would have refrained from my audible "boos" every time Scientology or humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard were praised in the film. The end credits saw lots of Scientologists being thanked including Golden Era and John Carmichael.

I give it 1 and 1/2 stars ranking it just above "The Profit" and "Battlefield Earth."
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8/10
No better tribute
chescafilms2 October 2005
On September 11, 2001 a neighbor knocked on my door and said 'Turn on your TV'. 'What possible explanation' could okay what I was seeing was my disturbed thought at the time.

Answering the Call reminds us of what is beyond in the human experience. 40,000 people volunteered. Thousands stood and acknowledged others for helping out. This extraordinary film shows the real meaning of citizenship and civility. It is a positive reminder of what we are really made of. This film should be seen by anyone who cares about anyone.

This movie shows how people of all backgrounds, religions, geographic locations, came together with one purpose: to help. It is an acknowledgement of those who generously gave of themselves because the needs of others were more important. Stand up for these people and see this movie.
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