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September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked. Three of them reached their target. This is the story of the fourth.
A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Paul Greengrass, even above his handheld intensity and dramatized honesty, is focused on various systems and their interconnections. United 93 is the only film of his that uses that form as a physical springboard, following basic traffic controllers to different divisions of army personnel and government agencies. It's fascinating (and intense as hell) to watch as startlingly important information tumbles through different telephone lines like a increasing maze of codes, digits, orders, and digital communications.
And yet, when the chaos stands still as multiple control rooms witness the second plane hitting the tower, Greengrass handles the horrific subject matter with a kind of alarming grace. United 93 bursts its most disorderly moments with scarred humanity and desperate reaches of adversity, and as a result, my stomach is in knots. One of the few films that makes me feel physically ill, and it's a piece of work that I will respect endlessly.
Almost everyone is aware of how this film is gonna end but what director Paul Greengrass has done in between the opening & closing credits here is what makes United 93 a truly devastating & unforgettable cinematic experience. Featuring an unknown cast of actors to make the drama more plausible & to provide it with a documentary feel, the film is crafted with great eye for detail & recounts the horror event that shook the entire world with unflinching accuracy.
United 93 is the story about the 4th hijacked plane on the doomed September 11 morning which was the only flight that failed to reach its intended target. After collecting detailed accounts from the victims' families, the cast & crew here try to recreate the…
I'm a foreigner. When I first saw this movie about 5 years ago I didn't know too much about the 9/11 attacks. I only knew the twin towers got hit, but I knew nothing about the Pentagon or the United 93 flight. So when I sat down and watched this movie I didn't know what it was about, just that it was based on a true story. Imagine the shock I experienced during the last few seconds of the movie. I was paralyzed. Rewatching it now, aware of what happened on that horrible day, it felt very similar to my first watch. It's still an effective movie, even knowing beforehand what is going to happen and that is not easy…
I just can't write a review for this film.
What a tragic day to the world and America who lost so many people to the craziness of some hateful people.
Literally I have goosebumps on my whole body. I am crying, I don't know what to say. I just want to salute the people who died in the flight United 93.
Paul Greengrass you deserve a standing ovation for making this devastating film with such great integrity.
I offer my condolences to all those families who lost their loved one on this tragic day.
A heartbreaking, yet uplifting case study on the human condition. United 93 shows us that common themes of love and bravery are universal.
United 93 is sobering due to known outcome, made even more tense due to the lack of music, and even more engaging due to the lack of known actors.
The film is a triumph by director Paul Greengrass, and the documentary film style works brilliantly here to immerse you in the sheer horror of that morning.
Highlighted in the film is the complete collapse of structure. Western society prides itself on its procedures and systems, however when caught completely unaware, many people are stood around asking each other, "does anyone know what's going on?" and, "I need…
United 93 and Terminator 2: Judgement Day would make a great double bill.
Terminator's characters have the ability to change their fate. The tension comes from whether or not they will succeed. United 93 is about the inability to change fate. The tension comes from the audience hoping they will succeed, but knowing they won't.
The last 20 minutes of this film is absolutely devastating
The first 80 minutes were pretty good (a bit boring tho), but the final 10 minutes of this movie is some of the most intense filmmaking I have ever seen
Absolutely one the most stomach churning endings in the history of film.
Wow. My heart hasn't raced this much from a movie in a while. Paul Greengrass gets a lot of criticism for his shaky cam filming style but here it is completely effective given the events that unfold. The situations depicted are nearly unimaginable but every actor on screen never felt for a second that they weren't truly living it. Honestly, I was putting off watching this for a while because I knew it would ruin my day, and it has, but that just goes to show how well-made it is.
The stuff in the control rooms are pretty boring and useless, but the scenes on the plane are undeniably powerful and effective. If the whole movie had taken place on the plane, it could have been amazing.
Dang. United 93 features heart-pounding tension throughout its entire runtime, portraying, real-time, the events of the titular plane's hijacking on September 11th, 2001. The best way I can describe this film is to say that I genuinely felt like a part of the events taking place. Not knowing any of the actors made the experience feel all the more realistic. Apart from feeling wholly enthralled, the only aspect of the film that I noticed was Paul Greengrass' classic handheld technique; back at it again with the shaky cam. As a whole, the film is pretty straightforward, especially if you already know the details. Still, United 93 is a compelling portrayal of the 9/11 attacks, and I would confidently recommend it.
An incredible film about the tragic events of 9/11.
I don't imagine many of us have watched United 93 more than a couple of times in the ten years since it debuted. Five years on from 9/11, it felt painfully raw and keenly sensitive, its depiction of the tragic events rendered with a wrenching immediacy borrowed from the handheld footage that had dominated the news coverage of events.
Reflections on the film's 10th anniversary, for The Film Experience.
A masterpiece. The kind of film that can wreck your emotions. An incredible cinematic experience.
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