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Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
Loose Change 9/11 An American Coup
Actors: Daniel Sunjata, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Richard Gage, Michelle Little
Director: Dylan Avery
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2009     1hr 39min

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Actors: Daniel Sunjata, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Richard Gage, Michelle Little
Director: Dylan Avery
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, Politics, Military & War
Studio: Microcinema
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 09/22/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A superlative documentary on the events of 9/11.
Anthony J. Thorne | Melbourne, Australia | 09/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The heated debate surrounding any mention of 9/11 truth in the mainstream media will almost certainly prevent this documentary from getting the attention it deserves. LOOSE CHANGE 9/11: AN AMERICAN COUP is the fourth in the series, and related to the first three only through subject matter and the repetition of some very brief scenes featured in LOOSE CHANGE FINAL CUT.

As most people should be aware by this point, the LOOSE CHANGE series focuses on inconsistencies in the official story of 9/11. The presence of such inconsistencies should be self-evident enough for anyone who cares to briefly look, but the reluctance of both government and mainstream media to `go there' requires people outside those fields to present the evidence themselves. (Hence, books on 9/11 by David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed and Webster Tarpley, and films such as TERRORSTORM, 9/11 PRESS FOR TRUTH and the LOOSE CHANGE movies.) Before covering this most recent installment, I'll suggest up front that newcomers to these films, or to the notion of the official story of 9/11 not reflecting the full truth of the events of that day, should make a strong effort to catch the third (LOOSE CHANGE FINAL CUT) and fourth (AMERICAN COUP) entries. These are the most polished, well-researched, satisfying and useful films from the ongoing series.

AN AMERICAN COUP takes a broad view of the events of 9/11, and places them within a continuum of incidents from recent history that display the clever duplicity of governments - or determined elements within them - to get what they want politically, absent any notion of democratic approval from an openly informed general public. We see well-presented overviews of the Reichstag fire, Pearl Harbor, and other vital historical incidents, some presented in more detail than others. This entire section, as well done as it is, is nonetheless completed within the first dozen minutes of the movie. (The film even makes mention here of the Kennedy assassination, conveying a good deal in just a handful of shots, and ending with a particularly telling montage).

The events of 9/11 make up the body of the movie, and LOOSE CHANGE: AN AMERICAN COUP enters the front rank of all films that honestly address the events of that day. I have now personally watched a dozen or so films investigating 9/11, and digested a greater number of lectures and presentations covering the same topic, while simultaneously plowing through something like 20 or more related books. (This is a mundane fact, as I suspect a majority of people involved in 9/11 truth have done exactly the same thing). AN AMERICAN COUP conveys the sensation of building on that entire body of investigative research, paying careful attention to all the disparate facts and the overall narrative conveyed, then assembling them judiciously to offer the clearest possible overview and message to viewers. Many of the above books and films on 9/11 have conveyed the gravity of the event, and the importance of sharing this information with others, with a tremendous emotional impact. This new LOOSE CHANGE film offers the same potent message, but with an increased strength and clarity that stand out from those that came before. It's a blisteringly powerful movie. The previous LOOSE CHANGE FINAL CUT has remained a favorite of mine for its ability to convey useful information about 9/11 in an effective and energizing manner. LOOSE CHANGE 9/11: AN AMERICAN COUP is a more forceful experience that covers a similar breadth of material in a noticeably more polished way. It will evoke strong reactions from anyone who watches it.

The film provides an analysis of war-games taking place on the day, concurrent with the various attacks. This overview contains some extra details on the events that I hadn't fully understood before, and the additional information makes a big difference, clarifying the apparent methods used by covert figures within the government to distort the American military response to the hijackings. (These details had appeared earlier in Michael Ruppert's CROSSING THE RUBICON, but this is the first time I've seen them presented quite so clearly, with accompanying audio and video evidence).

The narrative of events shown post-9/11 includes the various contradictory appearances and messages made by Osama Bin Laden, who initially denied involvement in the 9/11 attacks, then (if the Bush administration and their fortuitously located, perfectly timed smoking-gun tapes could be believed), reversed his earlier comments and took credit for them after all. A thorough analysis of the overall unlikelihood of Bin Laden's `confessions of guilt' can be found in David Ray Griffin's recent `OSAMA BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE?'. AN AMERICAN COUP makes the same points through the juxtaposition of different images featuring Bin Laden - and not the two or three pictures you've probably seen used to present this argument elsewhere. This sequence is quite well done.

The film covers the collapse of WTC7, and revisits important testimony made by witness Barry Jennings. Some of this has previously appeared in the excellent FABLED ENEMIES documentary, but we see here some extra moments, and then the upsetting epilogue to the story. The latter includes a full screen shot of an email sent to the filmmakers by a private detective, who suggests to them that some doors are best left unopened. Aspects of this story are left unspoken, others only hinted at, but viewers will have enough information at this point to reach some definite conclusions.

AN AMERICAN COUP benefits from having the production resources to do what it wants. At one point, the narration discusses events in New York, and we see perfectly realized CG recreations of the Manhattan landscape from the day of 9/11, carefully detailed down to hundreds of individual buildings. The sound design of the film is also superlative, with some explosive moments hitting home very hard, and appropriately so. There are numerous moments like this, not dwelt on in a showy manner, but all simply used to make a particular point with clarity before moving ahead.

The film is exceptionally well made, and strongly narrated by Daniel Sunjata. It's an important movie, and one that I highly recommend people watch. For anyone with an even halfway open mind, it should prove to be an emotionally overwhelming experience. In the light of the decade of horror resulting from the disaster of 9/11, its existence provides evidence to me of two notions. First, that truth maintains its own energy, continually grows in force and effect, and cannot be easily extinguished. Secondly, that deception rests on flimsy foundations, is supported only through increasing amounts of desperation and bluster, and will ultimately wither away in full view. Don't miss LOOSE CHANGE 9/11: AN AMERICAN COUP.
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Debunking the negative reviewers
P. Gouin | Worcester, MA USA | 09/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is amazing, and I highly recommend that you watch it.

That being said, I'm going to speak about the negative reviews on here, none of which bear any credence. First off, the person who wrote the review titled, "Please Don't Buy This Crap!" should be immediately dismissed because he states that they have "not seen it, and will not watch it." Clearly, and most certainly, they have not even looked at the facts in this movie and have automatically come to the conclusion that anyone who doesn't buy into the governments official story surrounding that day, is a wackjob conspiracy theorist like the main stream media would like us all to believe.

For the person whose review is simply titled, "Garbage," he/she makes the claim that the filmmaker got rejected from film school. Frankly, even if that's true, it's completely irrelevant, and he certainly wouldn't be the first. This reviewer then goes on to slander the filmmaker by saying that he produces this material to turn a profit on the 9/11 tragedies. This is laughable firstly, because he has literally put his own safety and reputation on the line to bring this message. And secondly, anyone who knows him or the members of the 9/11 Truth Movement knows that his work is fully endorsed by MANY 9/11 victims family members, 9/11 Truth organizations, and first responders, who are dying of respiratory conditions due to EPA Administrator Christie Whitman telling our heroes that the air at ground zero was safe to breathe.

Now finally, to the last review, "Swiss cheese has fewer holes than this film," which by the way was the only one to actually raise a real argument. The most blatant lie in this review is this: "The official organizations that you think would support films that raise questions about the events of 9/11 think this movie is garbage." Try searching for anything remotely in support of that statement and what you'll find is this joker's quote from his amazon review, because it's based on nothing. I dare you to find me an organization that actually has importance in this movement that doesn't endorse the Loose Change films. As I mentioned earlier, this documentary is endorsed by many 9/11 victim's family members, 9/11 Truth organizations, and first responders, because it fights for what they themselves fight for. Just to name a few in support of this documentary are New York city police and firefighters, 9/11 first responders and their families, victims families, prominent architects/engineers under the banner of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth ([...],) Dr. Steven Jones who has scientifically proven there to be nanothermite explosive material in the 9/11 dust, plus many other people and organizations. The comparison between the Empire State Building and the Twin Towers is used in no other way other than to emphasize the FACT that in all of modern history, only 3 steel skyscrapers have ever come crashing to the ground because of fire, and they all happened on the same day; September 11, 2001, World Trade Center's Twin Towers and World Trade Center Building 7. The Twin Towers were designed in such a way that each tower could have sustained multiple airliners at that speed. Think of it as stabbing a pencil into a screen door window and you'll have a great comparison. There is no way that those planes took those buildings down, period.

Watch this film and decide for yourself."
Why Are We Afraid Of The Truth?
Anna V. Carroll | 09/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It has been nearly 50 yrs. since the first Kennedy assassination and we still don't know the truth. There are people who do know the truth, but we little people don't have that knowledge. In my lifetime the truth will not be revealed. 9-11 is just less than 10 yrs. old and the questions are as tall as Mt. Everest. No, we will never know the truth about that morning either. It's the little things that confuse me. How was it possible that one of the tallest bldgs. in the world was reduced to dust and yet the passport of one of the 'hijackers' was found in the rubble intact? How was a special ring (very tiny) owned by Tony Perkin's widow found when her body was not? She was on one of the planes that hit the WTC. Lights, plants, rugs, bathroom fixtures, furniture, computers, TVs, radios, heavy restaurant equipment, marble, staircases, elevators, and over 3,000 people all reduced to nothing, but items like this were spared.

They (and 'they'know who they are), are never going to give us the information that will put them behind bars for the rest of their lives. This event was planned for years behind the backs of many world government officials, including many of our own. The thing about films like this (including Michael Moore's films) is that they are well thought out, well produced, well presented, and quite believable. We leave the theatre in tears or in total frustration because we have the knowledge but can't do a d--- thing about it!

I have a theory about the puffs of smoke shown in the films as the buildings collapse onto the street. Could that come from the air that is rushing down from the above floors and blows out the windows with all its strength? It doesn't have to be a bomb being detonated. It makes sense that with all of that tonage falling so quickly the air would be like a hurricane coming down floor-by-floor. Of course it is going to blow out windows and create dust that looks like smoke. Just my take on things. You probably don't agree.

The fact that one of the two men who managed to escape Tower 7 just before it blew died within days of the 'paper' on the cause of the collapse strikes me very sad and very convenient. His commentary made me shiver. And that was before I learned he had died.

Someone could spend their entire life studying every frame of film footage available and not be able to solve this riddle. I am sure there are people who are currently doing this. No, those weren't government planes. No, there weren't missiles attached to the under carriage of the planes. If these flights (Shanksville) did not exist what happened to all the people on those flights? If a plane crashing into the Pentagon would have made a far bigger hole than it did, and it wasn't a plane, then what happened to the people on that flight?

I would prefer people studying this event and documenting it choose things they can prove rather than speculate on. It just clouds the water. If I was somehow responsible for 9-11 I would make sure so many documentaries are made that everyone ends up more confused than the day it happened. I am sure there are people behind some of these 'theories' that are doing just that.

Why are we Americans afraid to know the truth about 9-11? Why do we buy or rent documentaries like Loose Change and then do nothing? I can't get my Congressman's office to discuss anything mundane, muchless something like 9-11 theories. I am sure all of you who are posting are as frustrated as I am. We have Michael Moore and Mr. Avery showing us the truth, and we cannot do anything about it. Talk about frustrating!

I still, to this day, want to know the truth about the two French brothers who caught the first plane crashing into the WTC. Why did they come to NYC to do a documentary about rookie Firemen!?! That seems absurd. Who were they going to sell the film to? Who gave them total access to the inside workings of the WTC on that fateful morning? They were allowed to follow everyone around and film when our own network and cable news photographers were held at bay blocks away. Who are these men, and what ties do they have to other countries besides France? And they both survived the collapse of both World Trade Center buildings! Amazing! If I have any real questions, my questions are about those two men and their real motives that day.

You can watch this DVD over and over and each time learn something new. What you can't do is take this information and act on it. Too many people have made millions off the event and continue to make money from it. The list of names is too long to mention here. Just read NYC newspapers on a daily basis and the men are usually front page news.

As I said at the beginning, in my lifetime I will never know the truth about the assassinations of President John Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the World Trade Center attacks. Maybe I shouldn't watch theory films any more."
A tepid conclusion to a documentary trilogy
Newton Ooi | Phoenix, Arizona United States | 01/02/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"In this decade of movie franchises, the least expensive but probably most influential movie franchise is the Loose Change documentaries made by Dylan Avery. All of the movies look at the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and examine the facts around them, and show how they do not support the US federal government's explanation of an unforeseen attack by Al Qaeda. The first version of Loose Change hit the Internet around the time of G. W. Bush's re-election. Since then, longer and better produced versions have come out on the Internet and DVD that bring forth all sorts of interesting facts that point towards an inside job as the cause of 9-11. This last release in the Loose Change franchise is supposedly the one with the most expensive production. It repeats some of the points made in the previous version of the movie, and adds a couple of new facts. But as a whole, I would consider this tepid. The beginning of the movie examines the burning of the Reichstag and the rise of the Nazis. Then there is the mention of Smedley Butler and his revelation of a coup to overthrow FDR. This leads into the facts around 9-11 themselves. Unfortunately, the movie lacks gusto, and does not learn from the criticisms of its prequels. Specifically, we don't see annotation or documentation. Yes, the movie cites some important facts that might be known to historians of the 20th century. But for a movie meant for a wide audience, Mr. Avery should have cited a lot of hard evidence. For example, when mentioning Smedley Butler's revelation that he was approached to lead a coup against FDR, the movie should have cited the year this took place, dated the footage of the ensuing Congressional hearings, and shown the audience how to find the transcrips from these hearings. Likewise, when the movie shows a CGI-recreation of the flight path of the first hijacked plane on 9-11, he should have displayed onscreen the source of this supposed flightpath.

So overall, I consider this is a weak conclusion to a great series of documentaries. This is unfortunate as a lot of people are starting to catch on, and a great finale might have pushed the movie into the media radar where it belongs."