The Guys
2003
In the days following the September 11 World Trade Center tragedy, a journalist agrees to help a New York Fire Department captain write eulogies for eight of the firemen he lost in the twin towers.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I’m usually a cautious judge of powerful films if they deal with inherently potent subject matter, but this eulogy for 9/11 firefighters faces an unexpected challenge: It has the difficult task of getting us back into that unique state of unspeakable grief in the weeks following the attacks. That it succeeds is due primarily to LaPaglia’s performance, sustained anguish interrupted only once in a fantasy sequence. Even at only 85 minutes it’s hard to stay attuned, but it’s worthwhile; there won’t be much better statements of 9/11 grief than this. Perhaps this will serve future audiences better than current ones.

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