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Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup - documentary DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 1 star
Featuring: Daniel Sunjata, Richard Gage, Michael Hess, Stephen Jones, Michelle Little
Director: Dylan Avery   Distributor: Microcinema
DVD release: 22 September 2009   Runtime: 99 min. (1 disc)
Format: Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 1.66:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Surround - English), 12-page booklet featuring Daniel Sunjata's manifesto"Intellectual Dishonesty in the Age of Universal Deceit: A Message to the Corporate Media and Our Elected Officials," Interviews w/ Daniel Sunjata and Richard Gage, The Art of Janette McKinlay

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup is the latest in a series of films that investigates the theory that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were a conspiracy by the U.S. government. It is a well-crafted film and well-produced; its supporting graphics and the voiceover work by Daniel Sunjata (of Rescue Me fame) are excellent, and the presentation of the material seems believable - up to a point.

When the film suggests that the collapse of the Twin Towers was due to a controlled explosion, its believability begins the ascent over the shark. The film contends that, as the tower is collapsing, explosions can be seen blowing out of several windows. When an accordion is collapsed, a hole in the side will leak air; it stands to reason that the same would hold true for a collapsing building. Most of the info in this film is presented in a very professional manner that helps to suggest credibility, but is incumbent upon the director to make all the information believable. Any laxity in that aspect opens the door to further scrutiny.

I found several places online that refute the theories advanced as fact in Loose Change, offering extended interview clips that blow holes in the film's arguments. The use of partial quotes in the film, particularly of Air Traffic Controller Danielle O'Brien, seems disengenuous. The end of O'Brien's quote is chopped off in the film; the quote in its entirety actually fails to support the theory that the aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon was a military plane.

This is a well-crafted film, but its purpose is dubious. If the filmmaker truly wants to bring out the truth, he should present his material in a way that holds water. The film's questionable editing and problematic supporting material make Loose Change a movie more suited to diehard conspiracy theorists than to those searching for real closure on the events of 9/11. Bottom line: Loose Change comes across as well-crafted malarkey.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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