What is the movie Worth on Netflix about?

WORTH (2021), Michael Keaton as Kenneth Feinberg and Stanley Tucci as Charles Wolf. Cr Monika Lek / Netflix
WORTH (2021), Michael Keaton as Kenneth Feinberg and Stanley Tucci as Charles Wolf. Cr Monika Lek / Netflix /

It’s been 20 years since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 that shook the U.S. to its core. To respect and honor the lives lost, Netflix has scheduled the release of historical drama Worth on Sept. 3.

Worth comes from the producers of Spotlight and 12 Years a Slave, detailing the enigma of how to compensate the families of those killed during the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. In the film, government attorneys are burdened with how to compensate victims based on “economic value lost.”

Worth gives off a similar vibe to Spotlight and The Trial of the Chicago 7 in taking historically controversial events and adding the intensity it deserves, utilizing talented actors and intricate cinematography. The film was an Official Selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Expect a compelling performance from Michael Keaton, who stars as attorney Ken Feinberg in this film based on true events. He’s joined onscreen by Stanley Tucci as Charles Wolf and Amy Ryan as Camille Biros.

Worth synopsis

Worth is a film based on true events and stories from real people. “Based on a true story” can be embellished onto any movie, but this time, the term has… well, worth. You will watch knowing that the stories told are real, the victims are real, the people who had to make these decisions are real.

After the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government scrambles to respond. The treasury makes a promise to provide the families of victims with financial compensation. Attorneys are then forced to create grounds to determine the worth of each life, weighed against the stability of the economy. Ken Feinberg leads the cause using an impersonal formula to measure the cost of human life.

Netflix’s YouTube account provides a simple synopsis:

"An attorney leads a lesson in empathy when he is faced with the near-impossible task of determining how to compensate families who suffered incalculable losses as a result of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Based on true events."

The film doesn’t seem to be about the incident itself, rather what came after. Not everyone saw the attacks personally, but all ages of Americans have felt the repercussions up to today and will for years to come. Twenty years later, the film will be an insight into what happened behind the scenes post-9/11, from a perspective most people haven’t considered. Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci’s characters stand opposed in morality: How human life can judge human life?

Netflix releases Worth on Friday, Sept. 3, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific and 3:01 a.m. Eastern.

Watch the trailer for Worth here:

Will you be watching the new movie on Netflix?

20 best Netflix shows to watch and 9 to skip. dark. Next