Director Richard Hankin puts together the city of New York’s collection of politicians and those who were affected by or involved in what was left after the twin towers went down. The film contains personal interviews with Former New York Governor George Pataki, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, building architects Daniel Liebskind and Michael Arad. The film also profiles the real-estate developer Larry Silverstein. Before the buildings were attacked, outside of real estate aficionados, not many knew who Silverstein was. The tragic events put Silverstein in a media spotlight that made him look insensitive and evil. Unfortunately, for him his buildings had been attacked. For him it was a no brainer to think of rebuilding. For others, this was a sensitive place.
Rosaleen Taloon was the sister of Sean Patrick, a firefighter who passed away on September 11th attempting to rescue people in the buildings. Rosaleen was a leader and voice for those who lost family members in the attacks. The film follows her in her efforts to make sure that the right memorial is constructed for those who perished in the tragedy. Her efforts culminate to a heart breaking moment when Talloon visits New York Architect Michael Arad’s memorial. She views her Brother Patrick’s name with tears in her eyes. All her brother’s efforts engraved as a sign of his heroics.
Among the interviews tells the story of multiple mistakes that have taken place among the political figures that handled this section of lower Manhattan. The highlights are the multiple different attempts by Governor Pataki to come up with and prolong a solution. Multiple groundbreaking ceremonies have taken place, a competition among architects to construct a new building, not to mention a memorial cornerstone that was built to commemorate the building of what Pataki called the Freedom Tower. To this day the Freedom Tower is yet to be built.
16 Acres is not a film that will blow you away with excitement. It does however give us an idea as to what the City of New York has dealt with when it comes to such a horrific tragedy. I am not sure if anyone could have handled this situation properly. With multiple parties involved such as, the state of New York, The New York Port Authority, The NYPD, The NYFD, people who lost their lives; it was a large mountain of rubble to climb. When you watch this Documentary you will remember not only those who lost their lives, but the mess that was left for all of New York. It is a deep wound in the heart of the city. Someday, the Freedom Tower will rise again!
3 ½ STARS
Written by Leo Brady
MOVIE: 16 ACRES
STARRING: MICHAEL BLOOMBERG; GEORGE PATAKI; LARRY SILVERSTEIN; CHRIS WARD; DANIEL LIEBSKIND
DIRECTED BY: RICHARD HANKIN
A MOVIE GUY’S RATING: 3 ½ STARS (Out of 4)
That space that was left after the two towers came crashing down on September 11th 2001, will always be hallowed ground. No matter what is there, a building or a memorial, it will always be a place where innocent lives were taken. It is best to remember those that passed when watching this in depth Documentary-16 Acres. Especially, since this documentary displays the many mistakes and complications that have taken over a decade for the city of New York to finish.