4500th Review!!!!! United 93 (2006) – Encore Review 4


“Hi, Mom, it’s me. I’m on the plane that’s been hijacked. I’m just calling to tell you that I love you, and goodbye. This really kind woman handed me the phone and she said to call you.” – Honor Elizabeth Wainio

Number of Times Seen – 8 (Theater on 1 Sep 2006, at least twice on DVD, 18 April 2013, 7 Jul 2015, 11 Jan 2017, 29 Dec 2017 and 17 Sep 2018)

Link to original review – HereHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – An ordinary day in America turns into a day filled with terror when terrorist hijack 4 planes and decide to use them as missiles against prime targets in the US.  Only the passengers on one of the planes have the ability to try and stop their captors from reaching their designated target.

My Take on it – Each of the three films about the last 2 hours of the lives of the brave men and women of Flight 93 tell different viewpoints of the events and work more as companion pieces than as rival films about the same events.

This film chooses to follow the story as it moves along over the course of the morning of 9/11.

Love the way that it jumps from location to location as the story moves along and stays focused on the story instead of the people.

During these jumps between key locations, they don’t care that we don’t get closure at every stop on the way because of the flow of the story.

It tries to keep thing as much in real time as possible as we watch everything unfold along with the various personnel in the main locations dealing with these events.

They made a great choice keeping most of the people shown in the movie completely anonymous including those on the plane itself because it helps add to the idea that these would all just ordinary people going about their days when things began to happen.

This is especially true of the passengers on Flight 93 because since they aren’t familiar with one another, the fact that they banded together says so much more about the heroic actions that they undertook as a team despite not knowing the others.

The story of 9/11 is the main character of the film and the others are all just supporting roles as the events move along.

This film draws the viewer in right from the start and doesn’t let go until the credits begin to roll.

The story is able to stay thrilling and exciting the whole way through and on a personal note it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen this film, I shed tears each and every time despite knowing how things transpire.

Paul Greengrass does a superb job directing this film and he was very deserving of his Oscar nomination for best Director for the unbelievable emotional work he accomplishes here.

This film is the best of the trio of films depicting the events of Flight 93 and that fateful day 17 years ago.

IMHO, this is by far the best film of 2006 and is quite high on my list of best films of the decade.

Bottom Line – Best film of the trio that depicts the events of that fateful day. Loved the way that they follow the story as it happens from the various places where things are happening and quickly move from location to location without any closure as the story moves along. The choice to keep the passengers of the flight anonymous and only give us the basic information about some of them works really well to show how spontaneous everything was and emphasizes how even strangers can band together when needed. The choice to make the story the main character works so well and right from the start this film draws the viewer in and doesn’t let go until the credits begin to roll. The story stays exciting and thrilling the entire time and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen this film, it brings me to tears every time due to the way that it grabs the viewer emotionally. Greengrass does an amazing job directing this film and was very deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Director for his amazing work here. This is by far the best film of 2006 IMHO and is high among the best films of the decade. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  There are no indications that the German passenger, Christian Adams, really acted as portrayed in the movie. However, German actor Erich Redman convinced the director that a “cautious” German like Adams would think of the 1977 terrorist hijacking of a German plane in Mogadishu, in which passengers complied and were all rescued. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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