Gut and heart wrenching...
I was one of the people who said I wouldn't go see this movie because I
felt they were capitalizing on a national tragedy and the trailer gave
me nightmares. But, my curiosity got the best of me when I read several
positive quotes by numerous critics outside the US. So, I picked up a
ticket for the 2:00 show.
There truly are no words to describe the power of this film. The
cinematography is excellent, albeit a little unsteady with the shaky
lens thing going on. I found that the film very much followed the
reports in the 9/11 Commission's book, as well as numerous others. They
stuck to the facts and didn't add in any glorified scenes that weren't
warranted. You saw the mass confusion as the various air traffic
control centers tried to make sense of what was going on. You saw the
events on the plane unfold as we think they did that morning. You saw
ordinary Americans, scared and frightened, band together and try and
keep that plane from hitting another target.
Do we know exactly what was said between people on the planes? No. But
there are survivors who had messages from loved ones on their answering
machines and people who talked to them that day. The film is a little
violent for my tastes, but no more so than any 'Blockbuster' fictional
hit out there right now, and this is reality as we know it. Any
discrepancies are not for me or you to decide, as those secrets are
buried in Pennsylvania.
When it ended, I've never seen a more still theater. You could hear
people breathing as they pulled themselves together. This is something
that happened to our nation, and while it shouldn't take a movie to
make people remember, maybe it does. Maybe we have forgotten or chosen
to ignore what happened that day, falling to politics and quick to
accuse people who didn't prevent it. Maybe we are against this movie
because it makes us uncomfortable, as all meaningful things should. Who
knows? Not I.
But, I do know that United 93 was done in a tasteful, respectful
manner, and many of the families affected on 9/11 supported its
release. Who are we to say otherwise? See the movie and then make your
judgment call. You may find yourself surprised, just as I did..
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this is a gripping movie to show what happened other than the twin towers.mind blowing and tense .
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chilling, moving, and unfortunate.
United 93: amazing, and well acted movie. District 9: Fantastic action movie..
Will be on my film of the year list, I'm sure of it
STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little
Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits
A re-enactment of the terrifying events abroad United Airlines Flight
93 on September 11 2001, as several suicide bombers took control of the
plane and attempted to crash it into The Pentagon. Due to the courage
and determination of a group of passengers, the plane never reached
it's target but unfortunately all the passengers on board were killed.
Juxtaposed with this story is that of those working in the control
tower and their desperate struggle to maintain order and their sanity
as the terrifying events unravel.
The five years since the biggest act of terrorism America (and indeed
the world) has ever witnessed have flown by. And film-makers (and
potential film-makers) have actually shown an admirable deal of
restraint in waiting so long before inevitably a film detailing these
events was made. It's a controversial project that Paul Greengrass has
taken on but from this, you get the impression no-one could have done
it better if they'd tried.
United 93 is such a brilliant film because I struggle to think of a
film that has succeeded so well in what it was setting out to do
before. Because of the subject matter, it could never be described as
an 'enjoyable' film, but it re-creates what must have happened on board
that flight so meticulously it is genuinely almost as if you were
actually on board the flight yourself at the time. There's no Hollywood
style sensationalism or sentimentality, those trapped on board and
those scurrying around on the ground all behave as humanly and
realistically as though they were re-enacting a story on Crimewatch,
their disbelief and horror captured magically. Even the terrorists
themselves are given a wonderfully human edge, as we see their fear and
apprehension, without ever being made to pity them the way we pity the
other passengers. Their brilliantly human behaviour makes the tension
on board the plane absolutely palpable and, as I said, feeling as
though you could just as easily have been on board the plane with them.
It's a lot of little things that roll United 93 along. The opening
featuring an overhead of the New York skyline at night as we hear
Muslim prayers being sung by the terrorists in their rented hotel rooms
gives a creepy and quietly foreboding sense that the big, bustling city
where so many people are walking about minding their business and no
one suspects a thing is under threat, the use of a digital camera,
adding immeasurably to the 'real' feel the film has and the sudden
ending which doesn't delve into the aftermath and make the film become
sappy in any way. The film-makers set out to achieve a desired result
and they got it spot on with this. If it's not still on my top ten list
by the end of the year, something really brilliant will have to come
along to knock it off. Never an easy or enjoyable film, but a
brilliantly real one that genuinely plays as though someone recorded
the events on board that plane for real and played them back to a
shocked audience (though such a thing wouldn't be empirically possible,
of course!) An absolute must-see. *****.