Genre Grandeur – United 93 (2006) – MovieRob – Encore Review 6

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Movies that take place over a 24 Hour Time Frame (Not including time loop movies). here’s a review of United 93 (2006) by me

Thanks again to Jess Manzo of French Toast Sunday for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by  Michaela of Love Letters to Hollywood and we will be reviewing our favorite 60’s Comedies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Michaela!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Open the door. Open the door and nobody will be hurt. ” – Ziad Jarrah

Number of Times Seen – 10 Times (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, 27 Jan 2020 and 30 Aug 2021)

Link to original reviewHereHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Recreation of events of 9/11 focusing mainly on the passengers and crew of United 93 who decided to fight back.

My Take on it – This is such a powerful film that it resonates so amazingly even after 15 years and 10 times watching it.

The story is told from a very poignant perspective and allows the viewer to feel as if they are right there experiencing 9/11 with all of the people on screen.

The story feels like a 4 person sprint because throughout the course of the film, the baton is passed along to another set of characters and the viewer no longer sees the previous ones.

This is truly an ensemble film that does something so unique.

Paul Greengrass directs this movie superbly and was very deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Director despite the film itself getting snubbed in the top category.

The characters are inconsequential as individuals so the film rarely gives the viewer names or other information about them because the power of this story is the whole of it all.

9/11 is a day that those of us who experienced it will remember for decades to come, but this film does a wonderful job trying to capture the feeling of that time and recreating it for anyone who wishes to try and get a better understanding of what so many people needed to deal with on that day.

The movie is told in a very engaging and thrilling way and even though I’ve sen it 10 times, I was on the edge of my seat during some scenes because it easily absorbed me into everything transpiring on screen.

If I ever made a top ten list, there is no question that this film would be on it.

Can’t wait to watch this again in spite of the intense feelings that it gives me every time I watch it!

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite the completed film’s quick cutting, many scenes were filmed in long and even complete takes to reinforce the documentary feel. (From IMDB)

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


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