A group of five people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, a messenger sings "Happy Birthday to You" to his daughter, a billionaire argues with his wife in a divorce hearing, a maintenance man begins his day, and a young Russian decides she's breaking up with her sugar daddy. When the first plane hits the World Trade Center, these five elevator passengers find themselves trapped. Forced to band together, they fight against all odds to escape before the imminent and inevitable collapse occurs..
Contrary to popular belief, the Elevator story in this film and the people trapped in it are entirely fictional. No such thing happened during 9/11. In reality, a small group of men got trapped in an elevator car but quickly broke through a sheet-rock wall into what was a public restroom within the building after which they ran away to escape the building, and several people were trapped in an elevator car on the first floor of one of the towers; promptly the car opened and everyone was able to get out before the buildings collapsed. The story in this film is highly dramatized and not based on any real person's experience in the elevators of the World Trade Center. See more »
Eddie starts hitting the drywall to get out of the elevator, making at least two big marks on it. Then the elevator cables start breaking. When Eddie starts banging the wall again, it is free of any hammer marks. See more »
I'm not sure what all the negative reviews are about, other than some people expect Oscar-worthy performances, stunning visuals and special effects, and obscenely creative story writing. This film has none of those, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
This was an entertaining film with pretty good acting. The story can't really be that creative, because the entire world knows how this story ends... it's kind of like watching a documentary that has a little bit of "creative license" thrown in to make it watchable—though this film is not a documentary.
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