Disinformation Company // 2007 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ian Visser (Retired) // August 16th, 2007
What really happened to the World Trade Center towers?
911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions is a part of what has been dubbed the "9/11 Truth Movement." Represented by DVDs, books, websites, and symposiums, it is comprised of those who believe that the official account of what occurred on September 11, 2001 is not the whole story. Rather, many believe that military, government, and business leaders conspired to destroy the World Trade Center buildings in order to foster an environment conducive to their political, economic, and military strategies.
911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions is the latest among a growing number of movies (usually sent directly to DVD or circulated via websites and the internet) to examine 9/11 and counter with another interpretation of its events. Directed by a person only identified in the credits as "Smallstorm," the film uses news and archive footage, interviews, and computer simulations to demonstrate how the collapse of the two towers could not have occurred as described. During the course of the film, official points of evidence are presented and then countered with an explanation as to why such a claim is impossible. The film is divided into several sections, such as "Facts about Steel" and "Shockwave," which follow an approximate time-line of the towers' collapse.
The thesis of 911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions is that the two WTC towers could not have collapsed merely as a result of plane crashes and subsequent fires. Rather, the buildings could only have been demolished through a deliberate, pre-planned effort. Explosives were placed in the towers' basements, at stress points, and on individual floors; planes were used only to disguise the demolition. According to the film, the towers' structure, design, and composition rendered them invulnerable to plane and fire damage and the type of collapse that occurred could only be achieved through intentional means.
One of the things that the film does right is to limit the scope of its investigation. Similar films have attempted to un-earth evidence related to the hijackings, the failure of U.S. intelligence, or the motives behind the attacks. 911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions ignores these elements to focus exclusively on the collapses and their cause, making this effort a scientific argument rather than a political one. As a result, the film is more approachable to those interested in the debate over the events of 9/11, or to those normally suspicious of conspiracy theories. The film also avoids naming who it believes was responsible for the attacks, although it does hint that the lease holder of the WTC may have had several motives for allowing the attacks to occur.
As far as the evidence used to counter the official story, it can best be described as "unconvincing." I am not an engineer, but a good deal of what is presented as evidence seems spurious or inaccurate to me. This largely results from what appears to be the many "apples to oranges" comparisons made by the filmmakers. The film often compares events that occurred under different circumstances to those of the WTC collapses, but even a scientific layman knows that this makes for questionable evidence. For example, a comparison of building fires is undertaken to demonstrate how no steel building in the world has ever collapsed due to fire. However, the film can only examine fires in buildings constructed of other materials and built using different techniques than the WTC was. The film also makes use of many "day-of" interviews with reporters and witnesses, who were operating under great stress and confusion that day. Just because a reporter or fire-fighter claims to have heard an explosion or have seen something unusual six years ago amid all the chaos and disaster does not mean it can be taken (or used) as factual evidence.
Visually, the film is of average quality. Much of the interview and archive footage is taken from other sources and can appear grainy or blurred at times. The film also switches from a full-frame to a widescreen format depending on the footage being used. These shortcomings aren't overly distracting, but no one would mistake this for a big-budget film. Audio is a serviceable 2-channel Dolby Digital track which does the job it's required to. Aside from a list of recommended 9/11 materials listed on the DVD sleeve there is no additional content provided.
Those interested in seeing what one of the better offerings from the "9/11 Truth Movement" looks like should seek out 911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions; it is among the most polished and even-keeled examples available. Unfortunately, viewers looking for a scientific analysis of the events of 9/11 will be disappointed by the film's spurious arguments and great leaps in logic.
911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions demonstrates good intentions but bad behavior. Guilty as charged.
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Studio: Disinformation Company
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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