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|102 Minutes That Changed America|
Actor: 102 Minutes That Changed America
Genres: Educational, Documentary
New York City, September 11, 2001. The morning everything changed. — 102 minutes passed between the first plane's impact into One World Trade Center, the second plane's attack on Two World Trade Center, and the eventual col... more »
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Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 3/27/2012...
I live in New York City. On 9/11, I was working at NYU at the time, which is a mere 30 blocks from where the Towers stood. Of all the post 9/11 documentaries, this one, which airs every year on the anniversary of 9/11 on the History channel without commercial interruption, is the most compelling. It truly captures the horrific tragedy of the day, alongside the heroism and the unrelenting fear. From the first moments of the NYPD officer's incredulity as he listens to a caller explain that a plane has hit the Trade Center, to the final devastating moments, you cannot look away. I cry each and every time I watch it, and I have promised my son that I will no longer view it. As I drive by the new One World Trade Center and watch its rebirth, I can't help but think back to that day in September and all the lives lost. 102 Minutes is difficult to watch, but something we all need to do. Always remember, never forget.
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Visceral and haunting
A. Castro | la mesa, ca United States | 09/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The History Channel aired this program several times in the wake of the anniversary of 9-11. I was able to catch two viewings of this show.
I live in San Diego, Ca. and like most people, I witnessed 9-11 through the lens of the collective (and individual) camera eyes. To say this is the "best" 9-11 documentary is, perhaps, inappropriate to say, but this particular program stands high above any of previous 9-11 shows I have seen as far as capturing what must have been a horrific event to witness first hand.
What makes this program stand out is it's lack of a produced narrative. No Dan Rather telling me what I already know. No trite musings that have littered most of these types of programs. Instead the producers have allowed the viewer to see and hear the events as they happened. It is, for the most part, straight footage with no production elements added.If any narration IS heard it is from any given individual who happenes to be speaking within the video footage itself. As a viewer we are drawn into this presentation as we watch others watching the horror, and then watch it ourselves. There is a minimal amount of ambient soundtrack included but it is highly underscored and very consistant with much of the raw footage that fills this doucumentary.
As for the footage included, it is safe to say it has to be some of the most compelling news-type footage I have ever seen, in regards to anything. Much of this footage was done by amateurs but it does not detract form the experience one bit.
One particularly haunting shot that sticks out to me is a shot taken by an individual somewhere near the base of the WTC towers after both have been hit. THe camera is busy collecting visuals of a courtyard barren of any people...just papers and ashes drifting lazely with ominous whimzey. The sounds of distant panic accompanied by an outdoor speaker system playing a muzak version of Billy Joel's "she's always a woman to me". Truely erie.
I could not recommend this program enough. I would say order it direct from the History Channel, but Amazon has it for less, but no matter where or how you get, do get it. It's not easy to watch, but it's very difficult not to as well."
Westley | Stuck in my head | 10/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The aftermath of the attacks on the Twin Towers was likely the most videotaped event in human history. New Yorkers, New Jerseyites, other locals, and tourists started filming shortly after the first tower was hit and continued throughout the day, sometimes at their own peril. "102 Minutes That Changed America" documents what they saw and what they filmed. The film relies very little on video from reporters or the major networks, although at times you can hear the television or radio playing in the background as people film. Instead, the filmmakers of this documentary from the History Channel have woven together skillfully dozens of amateur videos that more accurately capture how people reacted on this historic day. The average person videotaping from her living room in a high rise apartment just blocks away the Twin Towers, and the average tourist recording reactions of people in Time Square. In addition, the filmmakers wisely opted to forgo including narration, and rely on only minimal title cards to inform the audience where the video was being filmed, the time, and so forth.
Some of these amateur videographers provide running commentary for us, expressing their disbelief at what is unfolding. Some of them talk to loved ones who are nearby or record people around them, including strangers. Still others record in abject silence. The videos at the beginning of the documentary reflect the initial confusion as people saw the first tower ablaze. People speculate that it was just a small plane that got lost. Eventually, the videographers and people in the streets realize that it was a terrorist act. We hear the screams and panic as the second plane hits - these moments are among the most gut-wrenching and dramatic. One group of people near the Twin Towers decide hastily to evacuate their apartment, and we witness as they frantically put on their shoes and pile into an elevator.
There is no filter here. No Katie Couric to reassuringly tell us that the President is acting to neutralize the threat. No CNN to analyze who may be responsible. No buffer from the anguish and pain, including the horrifying realization people have when they finally understand that what they thought was debris falling from the towers is actually people jumping from the buildings. The footage is raw and most people will find watching "102 Minutes" to be a draining experience. However, it is important to recall what we all experienced that day. This documentary from the History Chanel is a first-rate effort to preserve these events forever.
R. Kadash | N Brunswick, NJ | 09/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being from NJ, I only saw what was covered on 9-11 from TV coverage that day, and from a girl in my office whose boyfriend was across the street from the WTC-trying to get home. On that day he had a huge struggle to get home. The footage in this video is a very acccurate recounting of the horror, confusion, and mood of that day. I believe that the further one lived from NYC, the less importance this event had on the person. You know that years from now they will be teaching kids in school sugarcoated versions of what happened on that day, and it is videos like this that sets the record straight. The scariest part-was how no one knew exactly what was going on, and what to do about it. There is no overly violent scenes in the video, but the sense of doom the viewer has from knowing the sequence of events is quite horrific since unlike a typical fictional horror film-everything is real. The look on the firmen's faces as they filed into the WTC buildings in one of the most haunting images you will ever see."