The 9/11 truth movement might believe it has found its “JFK” in “The Reflecting Pool,” despite the cold, hard fact that the latter pic is criminally pedantic when not dramatically absurd. “Based on the best available research to date,” or so it claims, this unexplosive tale of an L.A.-based journo (played by writer-director Jarek Kupsc) feebly reiterates oft-blogged assertions of U.S. government complicity in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Though serviceably acted and well-shot in DV by co-producer Jodie Baltazar, shallow “Pool” will create no ripples beyond conspiracists catching the pic in limited release or on already available DVD.
Tipped to indiscrepancies in the official story of 9/11 by a videotape from Paul Cooper (co-producer Joseph Culp), the father of one of the hijacked passengers, Kupsc’s Alex Prokop chases down leads and fiddles with a plastic toy jet, using wood blocks to represent Lower Manhattan skyscrapers. More implausible than the film’s theorizing is its notion that an indie magazine freelancer would have access to a video researcher, a devoted fact-checker and various nervous-looking interviewees, from real-estate kings to a scrapyard worker who admits having shipped World Trade Center “evidence” off to China.