(2021) (Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A team of lawyers try to determine a settlement value for the families of those who lost a loved one in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The law firm run by Ken Feinberg (MICHAEL KEATON) is well-known for being able to negotiate financial settlements in high-profile civil cases. So much so that following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Ken offers his firm's services to the U.S. government and airline industry. Using a formula to determine the financial value of those who perished, Ken ends up serving as the Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
With the help of his employees -- including long-time aid Camille Biros (AMY RYAN) and former student turned recent hire Priya Khundl (SHUNORI RAMANATHAN) -- Ken's role is to compensate the families who lost loved ones in the attack in exchange for their agreement that they won't sue the airlines.
Needing to get eighty percent involvement, Camille, Priya, and others begin interviewing those family members that include Karen Donato (LAURA BENANTI) whose firefighter husband perished in the Twin Towers, leaving her as a widow with young kids. Her brother-in-law, Frank (CHRIS TARDIO), wants Ken to include shortcomings in the fire department in his report, while high-end lawyer Lee Quinn (TATE DONOVAN) wants him to compensate the family members of high earner victims at a greater rate than those of blue-collar workers.
None of which sits well with activist Charles Wolf (STANLEY TUCCI) who lost his wife in the attacks and has found too many flaws in the fund. With him ending up the unofficial leader for many of those upset families, Ken must contend with all of that, government pressure, and a deadline to hit that target number before the end of 2003.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens interested in legal matters, the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks or who might be fans of anyone in the cast could have some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some strong language and thematic elements.
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