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review by Bobby Blakey


Some of the most powerful and frustrating movies are sadly based on true stories. With the tragic 9/11 anniversary just past there was a number of movies and documentaries showcasing various situations relating to it. The newest film Worth starring Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Stanley Tucci, Tate Donavan, and Shunori Ramanathan takes a different angle to the situation, but does it capture the essence of this aspect of the struggle or will it fail to match the formula?

Worth follows the horrific 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, where Congress appoints attorney and renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Assigned with allocating financial resources to the victims of the tragedy, Feinberg and his firm's head of operations, Camille Biros, face the impossible task of determining the worth of a life to help the families who had suffered incalculable losses. When Feinberg locks horns with Charles Wolf, a community organizer mourning the death of his wife, his initial cynicism turns to compassion as he begins to learn the true human costs of the tragedy.

I love all things Michael Keaton and especially in these kinds of roles. His always strong dialogue delivery combined with his mannerisms bring a depth to his roles that always stand out. Here his performance is perfection bringing a range from cold and direct to questioning his morals and empathy while never trying to make the character seem all over the place. His exchanges with Tucci in the film are the best with them both playing some verbal chess in their ideals while also technically being similar in more ways than they are likely to admit.

The rest of the cast are great all around, but it’s the story that is just maddening. We have all heard how a lot of this was handled good and bad with it sadly still going on all these years later, but its more maddening when you

see it playing out. The sheer greed of the rich, the shadiness of the government and the pain the families go through is a multilayer of emotion and heartache that really helps to bring this film home in the way it needed to work.

This is the kind of film that will no doubt emote a variety of emotions exactly as it should. The film is really good and brings even more light to the way things have been dealt with and the many flaws in our system. Sure this film isn’t going to fix any of that, but still needs to be brought to light so that maybe there can be some evolution at some point in the future during these horrific circumstances.

Check out Worth streaming now on Netflix.

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