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Rebirth

  • Film
  • 1 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

For a film whose title evokes new beginnings, this portrait of five people devastated by the 2001 terrorist attacks treads dangerously close to necrophilia. Intercutting decade-spanning interviews of the quintet with time-lapse footage of the in-progress Freedom Tower being built, this documentary treats the attacks with a brain-shrinking piousness more befitting a memorial dedication than a work of cinema. Even as the subjects detail the processes of grieving, healing and moving on, Whitaker continually strikes a tone of reverent mawkishness, further contributing to the notion that 9/11's legacy continues to be one of easy, knee-jerk sentiment rather than wider understanding.

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Written by Andrew Schenker
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