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Film Review: Severe Visibility

Severe Visibility is film about the terrorist attack on the Pentagon during 9/11 and the investigation into that attack afterward. At the center of that investigation and this film is Stanley Kruter (Paul Cross), a United States Army Major with the accounting branch of the Pentagon. Since Major Kruter was present in the Pentagon the day of the attack, he is naturally called into give testimony about what he saw that day. Major Kruter says he saw a plane fly past his window into the building but from the constant flash backs throughout the film, the viewer immediately knows the truth of the matter. “It would have been impossible for me not to have seen it” is the Major’s constant assertion when asked if he actually saw the plane hit the Pentagon. Soon Major Kruter is questioning the validity of his memories and why he is saying what he is saying. Andrew Porter (Dennis Kleinman), a journalist investigating the American Airlines 757’s crash, begins asking the exact same things of Major Kruter. At first Major Kruter is resistant, he loves his country deeply, but the questions and hypothesized answers become more and more credible to him when seen in light of the dubious official version.

The core of Severe Visibility is Major Kruter and the way his mind works. It is that and the tidbits of information about the crash before, during and after it that are the most interesting aspects of this film. Since Major Kruter is a solitary individual, he keeps to himself and frequently writes in a journal, recording his thoughts, hopes and doubts there. In his journal, Major Kruter writes to an individual who helped define our nation and through his words, helped mold it into what it is today. Though it is strange that Major Kruter writes his journal entries to “Thomas”, it is not out of place that a patriot and soldier holds this person in such high esteem.

Where Severe Visibility becomes the most entertaining, so much so that the viewer looks past the constraints that this small budget film had to contend with is the alternate theory for the events at the Pentagon on 9/11. Each official point is counter balanced by an alternate. Their validity, however, is not something most people will be able to confirm or deny since they don’t have access to military records or hardware. This is why writer/director Paul Cross does some of the heavy lifting for the viewer in that regard, helping to legitimize reporter Porter’s claims for the alternate chain of events at the Pentagon during 9/11.

Severe Visibility doesn’t have the polish, spit and shine of other 9/11 movies (World Trade Center, Flight 51) but it does make you think more than the aforementioned films. It raises questions about the duplicity of the Unites States Government, the aircraft that was used in the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 and other possible motives for the attack on that government building. Severe Visibility makes the viewer question, as any decent conspiracy film should.

Rating: 6/10

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  • Needless to say that as a filmmaker I naturally want people who watch my films to understand the meaning behind why I made them. Of course I like to believe that I make intelligent films that make you think and that leaves you somewhat more enlightened then before you sat down to watch it. When I read the review of Severe Visibility on Film-Book Dot Com, I was very reassured to read that perhaps I succeeded in that regard. I have read reviews for other films before on Film-Book Dot Com and was always impressed with the frank and insightful manner in which the reviewer approached their take on the film. I had seen the films that I was reading about on the site and found that there was an element of the film that I had missed and was grateful to discover that there was indeed even more to the film then I experienced on my initial viewing of it. It’s comforting to know that there are intelligent critics out there like Reginald Williams, who not only grasp what the filmmaker was working so hard to convey to his audience, but to enhance this evanescent experience as well.

  • Needless to say that as a filmmaker I naturally want people who watch my films to understand the meaning behind why I made them. Of course I like to believe that I make intelligent films that make you think and that leaves you somewhat more enlightened then before you sat down to watch it. When I read the review of Severe Visibility on Film-Book Dot Com, I was very reassured to read that perhaps I succeeded in that regard. I have read reviews for other films before on Film-Book Dot Com and was always impressed with the frank and insightful manner in which the reviewer approached their take on the film. I had seen the films that I was reading about on the site and found that there was an element of the film that I had missed and was grateful to discover that there was indeed even more to the film then I experienced on my initial viewing of it. It’s comforting to know that there are intelligent critics out there like Reginald Williams, who not only grasp what the filmmaker was working so hard to convey to his audience, but to enhance this evanescent experience as well.

  • Carey Rollands

    As a film, I’d say this is a keeper. Small budget is OK if the story is big, and what could be bigger than our country being attacked by our own government. I salute the filmmaker, he had the courage to stand up and put his own time, his repuatation, even his life on the line here in opposition to public opinion. It’s a great watch, not exactly easy to take, just like medicine. But the sickness weakens with the more medicine you take. On second watching you get more out of it just like another dose of your favorite antibotic. This is a great film to expell the ridiculous explanation of the happenings on 9/11 at the Pentagon. Get well soon.

  • Carey Rollands

    As a film, I’d say this is a keeper. Small budget is OK if the story is big, and what could be bigger than our country being attacked by our own government. I salute the filmmaker, he had the courage to stand up and put his own time, his repuatation, even his life on the line here in opposition to public opinion. It’s a great watch, not exactly easy to take, just like medicine. But the sickness weakens with the more medicine you take. On second watching you get more out of it just like another dose of your favorite antibotic. This is a great film to expell the ridiculous explanation of the happenings on 9/11 at the Pentagon. Get well soon.

  • Thx you for the kind words Mr. Cross. You’re the second director I’ve had the pleasure on being in contact with. The first was Julian Grant, director of Robocop: Prime Directives. Its always nice to know people are reading my reviews and are getting something out of them, whether that be for informational or entertainment purposes.

    Loved the medicine analogy Carey. Inventive.

  • Thx you for the kind words Mr. Cross. You’re the second director I’ve had the pleasure on being in contact with. The first was Julian Grant, director of Robocop: Prime Directives. Its always nice to know people are reading my reviews and are getting something out of them, whether that be for informational or entertainment purposes.

    Loved the medicine analogy Carey. Inventive.

  • mikos

    I had a great time doing this movie! Proud to be a part of it. Unbelievable how people will stick their head in the sand. It is a scary thing. If you liked the movie, please become a fan of the movie on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/Severe-Visibility/80340294526?ref=ts

  • mikos

    I had a great time doing this movie! Proud to be a part of it. Unbelievable how people will stick their head in the sand. It is a scary thing. If you liked the movie, please become a fan of the movie on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/Severe-Visibility/80340294526?ref=ts

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