United 93 (2006)
Running Time: 111 minutes
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
United 93 is a real time account of the events that took place on the United Flight 93. On September 11, 2001, two American Airlines and two United Airlines domestic American flights are hijacked by terrorists. After the collisions at World Trade Center and Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against four terrorists to take back control of the airplane.
What was so great about this movie was the way Paul Greengrass has not only written the film, but the way it was shot throughout. The handheld camera moments were perfect to help bring the film to life. From the first scene of the film until the last, the movie had managed to not only capture audiences’ attention but leave them on the edge of their seats as the events unfold. The pace of the film was perfect with the right amount of introduction to the characters, setting the story, transitioning between scenes. This truly was a well written and directed film.
The actors are all mostly unknowns and with Greengrass’ bold move to bring in some of the real life people who were involved with the events to be in the film to portray themselves or various characters made the characters even more believable. The ensemble truly did a great job making the film almost like a documentary instead of a film. It also cast a light on the importance and the responsibilities of the various departments and personnel who are involved with flights taking off from an airport to the maintenance and running of an airport.
Overall, Paul Greengrass and his cast and crew did a top-notch job with recreating an account of the events that took place with the flight, United Flight 93 and with the day itself. United 93 is a masterful and heartbreaking drama that’ll guarantee to keep your eyes glued to your screens.
Rating: 9 out of 10