United 93 Reviews
Calls were made, they have exact timestamps of when, they did reach the cabin there is proof of that from the sound from the Blackbox, the plane was not shot down, but crashed as depicted, because where it crashed it left like a 28m deep crater, and you dont get that by being shot down, you create that by flying into the ground with 900 km/h.
Now i have that out of the way i just want to say that ''United 93'' is an incredible film, it is realistic, visceral, pulse-pounding, gut wrenching, heartbreaking, emotionally heavy film. People might say ''Why choose this subject matter to entertain people and make money off of'' well my reply to those is, if there is one thing this movie isnt, it is entertaining, this movie is far from entertaining, its a heavy and visceral movie experience that you wont like, but it will move you. This isnt a movie you'd want to pop in on a Friday night to have a good time with your pal's. No it defenitly isnt.
As for the money making aspect, i dont think this movie made much money and it wasnt intended to do so (Unlike 'World Trade Center' which is also a very known 9/11 movie, that is most sertainly a bad film, United 93 is a harrowing chronicle and has scarcely a hint of Hollywood. ) , it treated it subject matter meticulously and paid respect to the victims of the horrible attacks.
United 93 is by far the best movie about terrorism, and certainly the best movie tackeling the heavy subject of the 9/11 attacks.
This film is a docudrama which focuses on the story of United Flight #93, which was the only of the four airplanes hijacked on September 11, 2001 that did not reach its destination - due to the heroic attempt by the passengers to take control of the plane away from its four hijackers. Greengrass took a number of extraordinary measures to make this film as accurate, authentic and respectful as possible. His script relies heavily on first-person accounts of 9/11, radio transmissions and phone calls from United 93's passengers and crew as the hijacking was happening. The filmmakers received the cooperation of most of the families of the innocent victims on that flight (including providing personal information about their loved ones), and representatives from many of those families attended the film's premiere in New York City on April 26, 2006. (A portion of the film's profits went towards the construction of a permanent 9/11 memorial in the rural southern Pennsylvania field where the plane crashed. The film eventually contributed over one million dollars to the Flight 93 National Memorial which was dedicated on September 10, 2011.)
An especially remarkable aspect of this film's production is the effort put forth in the name of authenticity while casting the film and directing the performers. The filmmakers hired little-known professional actors (although some, such as Olivia Thirlby, have since become more recognizable to fans of movies and TV). During filming, the actors playing the passengers and those playing the hijackers were housed in separate hotels and were not allowed to eat meals together or socialize with each other off of the set. The pilots and flight attendants in the movie are played by actual airline pilots and flight attendants. The civilian air traffic controllers and airport tower staff, as well as some of the military personnel in the movie, are played by a combination of people who actually do those jobs and some who participated in the events depicted in the film. The largest role filled by someone playing himself was that of Ben Sliney, the FAA National Operations Manager on 9/11. It was his first day in his new job.
After some brief introductory scenes, most of the story plays out in real time, from the perspective of that doomed United Airlines flight. As the terrorists make final preparations for their suicide mission, the crew and then the passengers board the plane and Sliney and others arrive at work, Greengrass pulls the camera back and lets the actors improvise dialog. This all gives us just enough of a sense of time and place, as well as who these people were, and reminds us that 9/11 started off as a very ordinary day.
As the major events of 9/11 begin to unfold, we see normal activity in FAA and in military facilities, in an airport control tower in Newark and in air traffic control centers in New York, Boston and Cleveland - the center monitoring United 93 at the time that we now know it was being taken over and re-routed by the hijackers. The script keeps its focus on the ordinary people involved in these events, but, mostly on the individuals and events aboard United 93. We don't see any famous faces and the only airplane that we see from the inside is that of the film's title. We observe the major events of that day as they unfolded in each of these locations, with all the shock, horror, confusion and heroism from that day.
"United 93" is simply a tremendous achievement in filmmaking. The movie's script, cinematography and performances combine to create authenticity on screen and tension in the viewer, but the film never becomes exploitive. Greengrass and his cast seamlessly blend the performances to the extent that it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between the professional actors, those paying tribute to a variety of heroic individuals and the people recreating their own experiences from that horrible day. The viewer is made to feel as if he or she is right there - in the room or on the plane as these things are actually happening. As the story careens towards its horrifying real-life conclusion, many people watching the movie find themselves desperately hoping, even actively willing, that the story will end differently than how we know it does. THAT'S impressive filmmaking - and a fitting tribute to the nearly 2,000 innocent lives we lost on September 11, 2001. "United 93" is a film that I will never forget, depicting a day and a story that none of us should ever forget.
In my opinion, this is the greatest directed and edited movie I have ever seen