sad, uplifting, and necessary
'United 93' depicts the events of 9/11 from three perspectives: the
passengers, the air traffic controllers, and the terrorists themselves.
It is a muted film, low-key even while being almost unbearably tense at
times. What it puts across most effectively is the confusion of the
day, something I think most people tend to forget in retrospect. We now
know of course what happened, when it happened, who did it, but on that
awful day, facts were few and speculation was rampant. Everyone has a
9/11 story to tell, just as people of earlier generations could tell
you where they were when JFK was shot, or when they heard about the
Pearl Harbor attack. I do remember the confusion, being at work and
listening to radio news reports... at one point, it was reported that a
dozen planes were still in the air and it was strongly suspected that
they had all been hijacked as well. This is the tack that 'United 93'
takes, how slowly it seems before anyone in authority grasps what has
happened and what continued to happen. There's no real sense of
finger-pointing; everyone seems to have had a mental block against
imagining that what took place was even possible. As one of the air
traffic supervisors points out early on, it had been years since a
single plane had been hijacked so even that was almost unthinkable,
much less four planes being taken over at once to be used as weapons.
It was quite clearly unfathomable to the politicians, the military,
civilian authorities, and the general public. The passengers of 'United
93' are nameless faces, an assortment of 'types' it seems and their
relative anonymity is intended by the filmmakers. They are people we
see whenever we go to the airport or get on a plane, people we will
only be aware of in passing and then never see again. And they are us.
In keeping with the real-life, documentary feel of the film, the
climactic scene doesn't feel like a climax, it feels like a group of
people deciding on the spur of the moment to do something, anything
rather than sit there helpless. They know from their cellphone
conversations about the other planes hitting the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon. They have reasoned that the hijackers are extremely
unlikely to be carrying explosives or even real weapons. They know they
outnumber the terrorists. One male passenger says he can probably fly
the plane. So the decision is made to rush the cockpit, overpower their
captors, and take control of the plane. It is a decision borne of
necessity, and of elimination... it is the best option available to
them. So there is a rush forward from the back of the cabin, a struggle
with the two terrorists outside the cockpit which results in one being
killed and the other knocked unconscious. The hijacker piloting the
plane hears the passengers trying to break the door in and begins
diving and swerving, trying to knock them off-balance. The final shots
show the passengers breaking into the cockpit, as we see through the
cockpit windows the ground rushing up. Then the screen goes black. At
that point, in the theater where I was watching 'United 93,' you could
have heard a pin drop..
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United 93: amazing, and well acted movie. District 9: Fantastic action movie..
Director Paul Greengrass has made the unlikely transition from making
worthy Birth docu-dramas to frenetic Hollywood blockbusters; lying
somewhere in between is this film about the terrorist attack on America
in 2001, based on a combination of known fact and plausible
interpolation. Potentially, a story of hijacked aircraft crashing faces
some of the problems that affected attempts to make a movie about
another iconic, era-defining human tragedy, the sinking of the Titantic
90 years earlier: for sure, it was a huge event in world history, but
the basic narrative is apparently quite dull: innocent people board a
transport of some description, something terrible happens and a lot of
death follows. This led to James Cameron, in his film about the epic
ship, creating a preposterous and melodramatic back story for his
travellers, one that attempted to be large enough to actually contain
the sinking of the boat within it. Greengrass thankfully does nothing
of the sort here, and there are actually several good reasons why his
doesn't need to. Firstly, this drama occurred during the era of modern
communications; these have given us the detail that can only be
speculated about in the case of the Titanic, and moreover, how this
information came to be communicated is a story in itself, whose
conclusion is that even the might of the United States military is
curiously impotent in the face of a wholly unexpected but immediate
threat. Next, there's a natural story that isn't just one of accidental
death, in the efforts of passengers on United flight 93 to resist their
hijackers (hence the title of this film, although much of this movie is
actually set in the air traffic and military command centres, as
Greengrass sets his central tale in just the right amount of context).
There's also the immediacy of the events, which gives them a horrific
charge in a way a story of people who would be dead by now in any case
cannot; not only do we still remember the day, it took place in what is
still essentially our world. Only when the passengers gather up
scissors to prepare a counter attack does it briefly feel like a piece
of history. Personally, I find Greengrass's 'Bourne' films somewhat
overcooked; but here he gets everything just right. The sad thing is
that none of the people he pays tribute here survived to be
acknowledged for their bravery, which although it did not save
themselves, certainly saved others..