Inspirational Heroes Blogathon – United 93 (2006) – Encore Review 3

This is the final of 3 reviews that are part of the Inspirational Heroes Blogathon being hosted by The Midnite Drive-In and Hamlette’s Soliloquy.

Tnx for letting me take part!

“Come on, guys, what are we waiting for? Let’s roll. Come on, let’s go already. ” – Todd Beamer

Number of Times Seen – 7 Times (Theater on 1 Sep 2006, at least twice on DVD, 18 April 2013, 7 Jul 2015, 11 Jan 2017 and 29 Dec 2017)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Retraces the events of 9/11 from the perspective of the passengers of Flight 93 who were able to stop their plane from reaching its intended target on that fateful day.

My Take on it – For my final choice for this blogathon, I went with a film that inspired me even before I had even seen it.

When I heard about this film in the summer of 2006, I was very excited to see what they would do with this premise.

I remember the day of 9/11 quite vividly and I recall being glued to CNN watching everything as it happened.

The chaos of that day’s events are still not completely sorted out despite 16 years having passed since those events.

This film came out less than 5 years after that tragic day and they tried to piece together here some of the events of that days that we will never truly know exactly what happened.

They use phone calls and voice mail messages to get an idea of what actually transpired on-board the “fourth plane”… the one that didn’t reach it’s target, but since we all know what eventually happened, we also know that there is absolutely no way to know exactly what happened and how it transpired.

Despite this story being created from piecemeal, it feels quite complete.

The use of unrecognizable actors helps make this film seem even more realistic because they all seem like regular people instead of watching well known actors who would take away from the impact of this story about ordinary people who do an unbelievable thing.

All of the passengers and crew on that plane that day are inspirational heroes as are the men and women who worked in the control towers because they all were faced with a chaotic day filled with unpredictable events and did the best they can to stop events from happening.

The pacing of this film is amazing and every time I’ve seen it, my heart races the whole time up until the final frame even though I know exactly what will happen.

This is one of the most intense films ever made and its boldness is constantly apparent.

It is one of my all time favorite films and by far is my choice for the best film of 2006.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that tries to piece together the events of one of the craziest days in history.  Lots of what happened is pure speculation and they do a superb job here of making this story seem complete.  The idea to take the various phone calls and messages from people on the plane and integrate them into the film make it seem so realistic. The use of unrecognizable actors helps make this feel like we are watching the true events as they happen. The pacing is great and the way the story stays thrilling and breathtaking all the way until the very last frame is unbelievable. The men and women on that plane plus all of the air controllers trying to get a grip of what is going on are all heroes in my eyes who under the strongest forms of pressure known to man were able to do things that are so inspiring to us all.  This is one of the most intense films ever made and is one of my all-time favorites, let along the best film of 2006 IMHO. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Almost none of the passengers are referred to by name. Their identities remain anonymous, emphasizing the group effort over any individual heroics. Also, strangers on a plane would not know each other’s names. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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6 thoughts on “Inspirational Heroes Blogathon – United 93 (2006) – Encore Review 3

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  3. I vividly remember 9/11, and of the 3 you reviewed for the blogathon, this is the only one I don’t really want to see just because… it feels too real, if that makes sense? I’m sure it’s very uplifting and inspiring, and maybe in another ten years or so I’ll want to see it, who knows.


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