I don't usually review T.V. mini-series and with good reason: they're not good. They may be great at selling advertising but on the entertainment spectrum they rate somewhere just above a Billy Mays infomercial ("and the oil just disappears!!") and just below any movie starring Rutger Hauer. And, bear in mind, I like Rutger Hauer movies.
But in this case I'll make an exception. I have purposely steered clear of the hype, spin, and ridiculous framing of this "television event" in order to give you my unbiased opinion. As someone who has actually read the "9/11 Commission Report" (okay, some of it) as well as one who loves a good movie, I found the treatment fair, essentially accurate, and not a bad way in which to tell a tragic tale that desperately needs our understanding.
About as much as you could attempt to translate a complex narrative that spans cultures and decades into a 4 hour or so movie, I give director David Cunningham and writer Cyrus Nowrasteh ("The Day Reagan Was Shot") sizable kudos for their cojones grande. It is no small accomplishment to make sense of the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks, and for making this understandable in the context of a made for T.V. movie, they deserve credit. The result is a finished dramatic storyline -- perhaps a testament to the scrutiny they knew they'd be under -- but not a "documentary" of the events in blow-by-blow format. Thank you for that.
A woman and her daughter are forced to move into a really crummy dump and before you know it weird things start happening, most of them involving water. Lots of water. And more really rusty, crummy, dark and danky water. There's water, water everywhere, and, presumably, even a ghost for no clear reason. But you won't see that until just before the credits are ready to scroll. Meanwhile, you get to watch mom (Jennifer Connelly) fritter away her days doing household chores, talking with her divorce lawyer (Tim Roth), and taking care of daughter Ceci (Ariel Gade) who goes to a really cool elementary school nearby.
Feel those chills down your spine? Did I mention there's lots of water?
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