Excerpt: United 93 puts the viewer in the midst of 9/11 confusion and heart breaking sacrifice, a film not played for entertainment, but remembrance. This is what the medium was made for and what it is capable of, a non-glamorized recounting meant to preserve memories and heroics while remaining static in terms of theatrics.
Excerpt: The Movie Of the four commercial airplanes hijacked and crashed into landmark American buildings by terrorists on September 11, 2001, only one of them failed to reach its intended target, believed to be The Capitol in Washington, D.C. United 93 tells the story of that flight, shot and edited to approximate real time, reminding viewers of the shock of just how much the world could change over the course of two hours.
Conclusion: For anyone who experienced September 11th, 2001, 'United 93' is an emotional rollercoaster of a film, featuring exciting filmmaking and subtle and authentic performances, the Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic. If you're considering buying 'United 93', you have my full recommendation. If you haven't seen the film, please know it can be a harrowing experience, yet, one I think is worth taking now and again. For you, I would say rent it.
Conclusion: The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is of course an opportunity to reflect, to think back, to remember and perhaps even to pray if you're so inclined. I started this review with my own personal recollections, and this film brought back that day in all its chilling intensity. Chances are as the media inundates us with anniversary specials and the like, you'll have your own memories to sift through and digest.
Excerpt: September 11th, 2001. For the personnel operating America's Air Traffic Control centres, tracking the hundreds of flights navigating the nation's skyways, it's just another busy Tuesday morning. The first sign that something is off is the failure to respond to radio transmissions of an American Airlines 767 flying close to Manhattan. A controller swears he heard someone say something in a foreign language before the plane went silent. Can it be a hijacking?
Excerpt: When it happened, for those of us watching it on TV from our living rooms and offices, the events of September 11th seemed almost like some Hollywood disaster movie. When the World Trade Center fell, many might not have been surprised to see the name Roland Emmerich emblazoned somewhere in the breaking news broadcast's credits. But now that day is a movie; a movie which, oddly enough, feels every bit as real as that day didn't.
Excerpt: The best indication of the respectful intentions behind United 93 –a retelling of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, focusing on the hijacked plane that crash-landed in rural Pennsylvania–comes at the inevitable point, positioned about halfway through, when the first plane hits the World Trade Center.