Movie Rob and myself are challenging each other to watch a different film each week, the idea is to give each other a film we haven’t seen, this is the first selection Rob gave me.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Paul Greengrass (Screenplay)
Starring: J.J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, Opal Alladin, Starla Benford, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel, David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins, Susan Blommaert
Plot: 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.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Historical Masterpiece
Story: United 93 starts by introducing us to the terrorists and their rituals before committing the act. We follow the passengers and crew as they board the plan like any other plane journey going about their everyday pre-flight routines. We see how the flight control room is kept calm giving each other clear instructions as they pass over the instruction to keep the skies safe. United 93 is about to take to the skies like normal with the safety procedures all being followed.
As the plane takes off the flight control start hearing foreign language coming through the communication and the very threat that a plane over American air space has been hijacked. The very real possibility that multiply planes have been hijacked coming over strong and we see how the military start preparing for the worst. The World Trade Centre gets hit by the first two planes and now America is under attack.
The darkest day in modern American history is about to happen but for the passengers of United 93 the nightmare is only just about to start. When United 93 gets hijacked the passengers have the stories spread like rumours but the terrorist have to travel another 50 minutes to make it to their target. We see the heroic action the passengers take to make sure the terrorists don’t reach their targets, an act of bravery that will forever be etched into history.
United 93 is one of those true stories that will remain on of the most famous in recent history, the day will always go down in history as one of the darkest in recorded history, but the action of these passengers saved lives that would have easily have been taken by the terrorists. The best part is that we don’t just follow the passengers we follow the chaos the control towers were put into by the attack. I can’t really give this enough justice because it is one of the few stories that needed to be told even if it a devastatingly true. (10/10)
Cast Review: United 93 has a mix of actors and people who work in the fields where this attack happened, not a single person gives a bad performance but not a single person can be singled out because this isn’t about the acting it is about the story.
Director Review: Paul Greengrass – Paul puts together a truly great film that shows just how terrifying being involved in these attacks must have been like for all the people both on the plane and helplessly watching from the ground. (10/10)
Drama: United 93 shows the personal strain and test put on everyone involved in the tragedy. (10/10)
History: United 93 will go down in history as one of the bravest stories on one of the darkest days in human history. (10/10)
Thriller: United 93 keeps you wanting to know what happens even though you do know the fate of all these people. (10/10)
Settings: United 93 puts our real people in a trapped scenario that there was no escape. (10/10)
Suggestion: United 93 is a must watch for everyone and anyone who doesn’t know this story, needs to learn it quick. (Must Watch)
Best Part: Final Act.
Worst Part: The fact it is a tragedy that this was real.
Believability: This is based on the tragic events. (10/10)
Chances of Tears: You will have a few by the end of the film. (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Awards: Won 2 BAFTAs
Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars including best director.
Box Office: $76 Million
Budget: $15 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
Tagline: United they stood.
Trivia: Families of the 40 passengers and crew members killed on United Flight 93 cooperated in the production, offering Paul Greengrass detailed background about their loved ones, down to the clothes they wore, what reading materials or music they had with them and what sort of candy they might have snacked on aboard the plane.
Overall: Tragic Story Beautiful Shot Respecting Those Who Lost Their Lives