DVD Review: The Day That Changed My Life
Tuesday, 22nd February 2011. The day that arguable could be said, changed New Zealand. The Day That Changed My Life is a documentary that talks to seven people who were in the thick of it on that day. I’ll be honest and say that my initial thoughts before watching this were something along the lines of; what’s the point, there won’t be anything new to show.
We’re a media obsessed nation, so who, one that day, wasn’t glued to social media or the TV, watching in horror as buildings collapsed and we slowly realised that this was a serious event, that people were actually dead. Who hasn’t seen just about every bit of footage recorded on this fateful day?
The trouble however with a media obsessed society is that we only see bit and pieces, never the whole picture. By the time the whole story can be told, we’ve already moved on to the next thing.
So I went into watching The Day That Changed My Life thinking I had seen it all before, and for a lot of it, I had. What I hadn’t seen however was how these random images, when placed in order, and with a relevant and very personal story being told alongside them, bought the stark horror and reality of that day to life. Images that you had seen in a vacuum, now had meaning, and a face, and a reality.
I feel bad for saying that it’s an amazing experience, because it’s also horrible, but The Day That Changed My Life does an amazing job of making an unreal event very real, very personal and very moving.
Rating: M Content may disturb.