FILM REVIEW | Worth

The tragedy of 9/11 is remembered with horror and sadness across the globe.

The world seemed to change that day in 2001 - terrorism was alive and real, we learned lives could be snuffed out in an instant with no rhyme or reason.

People showed immense bravery to save others, and were never seen alive again.

It was a moment that undeniably shook the world.

But the aftermath was more than just the clean-up and rebuild - there was a whole chapter, not often talked about, dedicated to compensating the families of those who lost life and limb.

It's that chapter which is explored in Netflix's new legal drama Worth.

Michael Keaton stars as lawyer Ken Feinberg in new 9/11 legal drama Worth, rated M, streaming now on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

Michael Keaton stars as lawyer Ken Feinberg in new 9/11 legal drama Worth, rated M, streaming now on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

Starring Oscar nominees Michael Keaton (Birdman), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), the film follows the lawyers tasked with coordinating the victim compensation fund in the two years following the attack.

But this is far from generosity on the government's part - it's an incentive for the thousands of victims not to sue the airlines and by consequence cripple the economy.

What their whole dilemma boils down to is: how much is a human life worth?

What could have been quite a dry subject matter is filled with emotion, pain and sadness due to the moving stories victims share about their loved ones.

They're told with such authenticity that it seems likely their stories, if not their actual words, were lifted from real life.

As Ken Feinberg, the real-life lawyer behind who took on the task of administering the fund, Keaton embodies the impossibility of his task.

The need to have a formula so that there's a semblance of fairness in the payments distributed to victims, is juxtaposed with the very subjective, varying circumstances that each of the thousands of eligible people faced.

Michael Keaton stars as lawyer Ken Feinberg in new 9/11 legal drama Worth, rated M, streaming now on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

Michael Keaton stars as lawyer Ken Feinberg in new 9/11 legal drama Worth, rated M, streaming now on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

Worth manages to get to the heart of 9/11's wide emotional aftershocks through legislation - an incredible feat from screenwriter Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island).

The film feels something like Spotlight to watch - and not just because it stars Keaton and Tucci (who plays the bereaved, yet determined, widow of a 9/11 victim).

It's set in the same time period and follows a small team working for a wide net of victims, and, of course, is a true story.

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who is not emotionally moved by this film.

Well worth the watch.

Rating: 8/10