United 93 (2006)

rob challengeMovie 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)


Actor Review


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

Rating 95


  1. This is an incredible film. Greengrass really deserved the Best Director Oscar for it, but sadly it was Scorsese’s “time”. I liked The Departed, but it isn’t a patch on United 93.

  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Here’s Darren’s review of the movie I chose for him for this week’s challenge. Check out his thoughts on United 93 (2006)

    • i knew it was going to be good all i have ever seen is people say it will be great, but was saving it to do World Trade Centre with it one day.

      • it made be too much to watch them back to back 🙁

        this was done so amazingly…..

        whats the highest rating u’ve ever given since u clearly enjoyed this immensely and it only got a 95. what other movies have you rated higher?

      • when i started i was giving films 99% but i have started going lower on scores i think 96% was highest last for The Raid 2

      • hmm. i thought The Raid 2 was pretty good, but I still liked this one much more.

        To each his own I guess… 🙂

      • i rate films on what they are trying to achieve and the raid 2 gave us everything it set out to give us. but this time a year later i think it would be going down to the low 90s rating

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