January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #44 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… United 93 (2006)
Initial Viewing Memories – Was highly anticipating this film and went to the very first showing which was a non-stop two hour roller coaster ride of emotions that doesn’t let up until the credits begin to roll.
“Two aircraft hit the World Trade Center.” But we just left Newark. The weather was beautiful.” – Captain Jason Dahl
Number of Times Seen – 9 (Theater on 1 Sep 2006, at least twice on DVD, 18 April 2013, 7 Jul 2015, 11 Jan 2017, 29 Dec 2017, 17 Sep 2018 and 27 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the events of 9/11 from the perspective of the passengers of Flight 93 and the Air Traffic controllers monitoring the doomed flight.
My Take on it – This is a film that is extremely powerful and is made so well that it allows the viewer to rleive the harrowing events of 9/11 from various standpoints.
The story is played out almost in real time and we get to see how things move along during the course of that fateful morning.
The choice to show things from the perspectives of so many of the key points during the storyline helps enhance things so much.
We get to see how the terrorists acted on that morning from when they woke up in their hotel rooms, through their arrival at the airport, their boarding of the plane and how things played out there.
In addition, the films allows us to see how the various traffic controller (both private and military) dealt with the events of the that morning.
We also get to meet many of the people who boarded flight 93 that morning and the decisions to keep the names anonymous works so well because the story is about what they did and how inspiration their actions should be as a group and not as individuals.
It actually is even more emotional knowing that these strangers banded together instead of people who got to know one another beforehand.
The movie is quite intense and the music helps enhance the thrilling and suspenseful aspects of the story.
We obviously know the ultimate fate of this flight, yet the journey getting to that point is what is so captivating to watch that it’s quite difficult to actually look away.
Love the way that this film completely abandons characters and venues once they are no longer relevant without closure because like in a race where one runner passes the baton on to another, we now watch the new runner instead of wondering about the one who just finished his part of things.
This is a film that should have gotten much more recognition than it did but I’m at least glad that the Academy realized that Director Paul Greengrass was deserving of a nomination for Director for his amazing work in bringing this story to fruition on screen.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Khalid Abdalla claimed that he accepted the part of lead hijacker Ziad Jarrah partly because he’d previously been offered roles as fictional terrorists that he felt were offensively stereotypical. He wanted a real-life al-Qaeda terrorist to be portrayed responsibly. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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