Posted on 12/18/06 05:34 PM
"Are you guys ready? Let's roll! Come on, let's go!"
[size=2]This is one of the most difficult movies I've ever sat through. I recently "rented" it for a day or two and watched it in the solitude and darkness of a little room I like to call "the computer room." It's one of the most affecting movies I've ever seen. I can't imagine how overwhelmed I may have been had I seen this in the cinema on a big screen instead of on my little monitor(I do have surround sound though!).
The film's only point is to show the heroics of the people aboard that flight. If it does anything besides that it would be exposing the ineptitude of the government to handle the situation. Constantly you would here comments about the Air Force planes or the president or VP like, "What?! Well where are they?!?!" But this film is all about the passengers on the plane and what they had to go through.
There is no story arc or character development. No complex narrative or great cinematography for that matter. We are just thrown into a story documentary style and we just watch how people react to the extraordinary situations they were put in. This is a movie that everyone should see. It's remarkable powerful for not having developed characters and the last 30 minutes are so mind-blowingly tense my arms started to shake.
Technically this isn't even that great of a movie. There's some bad acting in parts and the shaky cam is used at an all-time high. The cinematography is decent; there are a few incredible shots involving the World Trade Center towers. Technically this movie is barely above average, but it packs such an emotional punch that you just have to ingore it. This is a movie that you truely will not forget.