Trailer Talk: Netflix’s Worth hints at a thought-provoking drama on the human cost of the 9/11 attacks
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Trailer Talk: Netflix’s Worth hints at a thought-provoking drama on the human cost of the 9/11 attacks

Worth will start streaming on Netflix, in select markets on Friday, September 3.

Hia Datta
Aug 10, 2021
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Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in a still from the trailer.

Netflix has dropped the first official trailer of Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton starrer Worth, in association with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The drama helmed by Sara Colangelo, (who is known for The Kindergarten Teacher) is an adaptation of the memoir What is Life Worth by Kenneth Feinberg. The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance film festival, is slated to stream on Netflix, in select markets on Friday, September 3. The complex plot premise is set in the aftermath of the dastardly 9/11 attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the United States in 2001. Keaton stars as Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney and well-known mediator who is appointed by Congress to shoulder the responsibility of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

The plot, therefore, explores the impossible proposition of determining the ‘worth of a life.’ How does one get there to ascertain a price on human life though? Through the tough task of allocation of financial resources by Feinberg and his team, which includes Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as Camille Biros, the firm’s head of operations, as they try to arrive at some sort of valuation for the losses of the families of the victims of the terror. Feinberg’s path is crossed by Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, who plays Charles Wolf, a community organiser who is a part of the collective mourning and grieving of the irrevocable, irreparable and invaluable loss of the families who lost their loved ones in the terror attacks. Having lost his wife in 9/11, Wolf confronts Feinberg on the very absurd and inconsiderate prospect of the compensation fund. The story chronicles how Feinberg’s cold, calculated, matter-of-fact approach to the project and his cynicism turns to empathy for the families of the 9/11 victims, as he gradually realises the human dimension of the loss and the immeasurable cost of lost lives.

Have a look at the trailer here.

Written by Max Borenstein, the film also stars Tate Donovan, Talia Balsam, Laura Benanti, Shunori Ramanathan, Marc Maron, Ato Blankson-Wood, Chris Tardio, Carolyn Mignini and Victor Slezak.Borenstein also produced the film with Keaton, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar, and Sean Sorensen. The last collaboration between Keaton and Tucci in the 2015 biographical drama grabbed the Best Picture at the Academy Awards, hence expectations are flying high with Worth.

The trailer opens with Keaton aboard a flight. It’s a day like no other until ominous wisps of black smoke cloud the sky, as seen from his flight window. Postcard pictures of the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre engulfed in a giant cloud of black smoke are shown. And, the going gets grimmer from this point as the victim compensation fund, based on ‘economic value of loss’ comes up. The Congress is trying to come to terms with the tragedy through a ‘formula’ and numbers, placed within the politics of the nation. ‘My wife died that day. And everything about this formula offends me’, Wolf tells Feinbeck, adding that 7,000 citizens cannot be put down as numbers on a spreadsheet. Behind the flawed formula to grant compensation to the families of the 9/11 victims, lies a ‘cause worth fighting for.’ 

Worth premiered worldwide at the 2020 Sundance film festival.

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