United 93 (2006) - Oscar® Nominee!
|This powerful film about september 11th, one of the darkest days in our history, paints an unforgettable and inspiring portrait of the 40 passengers and crew who sat down as strangers and in the face of a horrific situation found the courage to stand up as one.|
"This is an Extraordinary Film. Roger Ebert, Ebert and Roeper
"Spellbinding. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait... Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise. David Denby, The New Yorker
"Brilliant, tightly focused, and momentous. David Edelstein, New York Magazine
""An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait..." "Claudia Puig, USA Today"
""...tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise." "David Denby, The New Yorker"
""Brilliant, tightly focused, and momentous." "David Edelstein, New York Magazine"
Editor's NoteUNITED 93, director Paul Greengrass's meticulous reconstruction of the events surrounding the crash--the result of a heroic struggle between the passengers and hijackers--of the fourth plane to be hijacked on September 11, 2001, is a landmark in filmmaking. Greengrass has chosen the most politically and emotionally charged source material available to an artist in the early 21st century, and shaped it into a psychologically draining, terrifyingly real, and technically brilliant film. Like his first feature-length work, BLOODY SUNDAY, UNITED 93 doesn't follow a traditional cinematic narrative structure; via hand-held cameras, grainy DV stock, and frenetic editing, it instead presents a visceral (at times sickening) in-the-moment documentary-style experience that maximizes the film's unavoidable air of tension and dread without being crassly manipulative. Yet for all of its precision and craft, UNITED 93 still depicts one of the most terrifying ordeals the United States has ever had to face--and that it was released less than five years after those events took place plays an undeniably enormous role in how the film is received. It is impossible to watch UNITED 93 and not be profoundly moved, whether that emotion is fear, sadness, anxiety, or pure rage. And it is an emotional catharsis far removed from what is the filmmaker's delicate hand and deft touch. Greengrass, though, is quite fearless in his depiction of the chaos of the day--the President is frustratingly missing; the FAC, NORAD, and local air-traffic control centers are shown in a disoriented panic; and the terrorists are brutal and remorseless--and, to his credit, he avoids soft-pedaling any political agenda and doesn't blindly canonize the flight's passengers. Rather, their heroism is treated as the product of a logical decision made by ordinary men and women who found themselves in the most extraordinary and illogical of situations. And that, ultimately, is where the power of UNITED 93 lies.
Cast & Crew
|Barry Ackroyd - Cinematographer|
|Cheyenne Jackson - Featuring|
|Christian Clemenson - Featuring|
|Clare Douglas, et. al. - Editor|
|John Powell - Original Music By|
|Liza Chasin - Executive Producer|
|Paul Greengrass - Director|
|Paul Greengrass - Writer|
|Polly Adams - Featuring|
|Tim Bevan - Producer|
|Trish Gates - Featuring|
|"Clare Douglas, et. al." - Editor|
Customer Reviews of United 93
This DVD movie is definitely worth taking a good look at. Even if you saw the movie in theatres, there are special feature interviews and behind the scenes clips. These are powerful as they help put the story in the perspective of loved ones that talked on the phone with passengers before the United flight 93 plane crashed. The acting and action is intense and well done, although it takes a while for the tension to build. But that's what probably happened five years ago on 9/11 flights. So at least the director didn't replace slow times with Hollywood action to keep the pace up at the expense of realism. There is a lot of violence once the hijackers show their hand, so this movie is not for small children. Crew members and pilots get killed but the violence isn't more than was warranted. This is a story of ordinary people who became extraordinary heroes, knew what had to be done and did it. If you want to see a fitting tribute to the people of United flight 93, this is the best.