On September 11 four planes were hijacked. Three hit their target. One did not. Based on the shocking true events of 9/11, United 93 is a powerful and provocative drama honouring the memory of the 40 passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93, the fourth hijacked plane of the 11th September 2001. As the hijackers pilot doomed flight to their target, the passengers stand as one and find the courage to fight back. Unfolding in real time and charting the explosive clash of modern day and old world, feature weaves a gripping story from the standpoint of the passengers, crew, flight controllers and military that will live in your memory forever.
Don't have nightmares
- United 93 review by NogginoftheNogs
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The tension of the hijack is brilliantly conveyed - particularly as the hijackers don't appear worthy of suspicion or attention. Paul Greengrass tells a difficult story with taste and a consistently deft touch. Be warned - it's a terrifying story. I didn't sleep well after watching it.
For those who have an interest in the subject matter, be it from morbid curiousity or just wanting to pay tribute to the heros on this flight, this film hits just the right note. It is not overly sentimental and although the terrorists are shown as such and they are clearly the villians of the piece, there is even an insight into how they may have felt even though they executed this terrible act. The film also goes someway to highlight why this mission (thank god) aimed at the Whitehouse, failed.
Good performances from an unknown cast and excellent documentary (if a little long) if you want to know more about the real victims and about the genuine feelings that the cast had for the people that they portray in the film.
Paul Greengrass must put more effort into finding the truth and portraying it in an utterly balanced and unbias way than any other director. The crashes are seen from the point of view of everybody I can think of, from air traffic control to the passangers. It is done in a way that is completely realistic and yet very caring. Some having a complete understanding of and control of the situation (air traffic control in particular), others having neither (the pilots for example). The portrayal of the air force is not flattering and probably true (in light of the known outcome ( you wouldn't want the USAF guarding your bike)). The final scene ranks along side Butch Cassidy and the Sun-dance Kid for OMG status.
On of the most touching and unnerving films I have ever watched. This film was Made with such compassion, it will leave you thinking about it for days. The way the passengers have been portrayed amazingly, such thought into each and everyone of them. I cannot immagine what they went through filming this. Paul Greengrass has created one of the most talked about films of the year surrounding an extremely sensitive subject.
'United 93 - The Families And The Film': meet the families behind United Airlines Flight 93, share their personal account of the events that changed their lives and why they were interested in supporting the making of the movie (60 mins)
Memorial Pages: the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 are remembered with 40 written biographies