United 93 (2006) – Encore Review 7

“[crying to husband Phil over the plane’s Airfone] But, baby, I promise you, if I get out of this, I’m quitting tomorrow. I’ll quit tomorrow. I promise, I’ll quit tomorrow.” – Sandra Bradshaw

Number of Times Seen – 11 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, 30 Aug 2021 and 11 Sep 2022)

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

Brief Synopsis – Recreation of the events of 9/11 from the perspective of the civilian and military air traffic controllers, and the passengers and crew of United 93 who supposedly fought back against their hijackers.

My Take on it – This, IMHO, is one of the most intense and amazing film experiences ever shot.

Paul Greengrass does an outstanding job making the viewer feel as if they are right there in every scene as part of the action that is happening.

The story is told in a very intense way that keeps things so powerful and gripping no matter how many times one has seen the movie while still knowing the ultimate outcome of the events here.

The choice to use an unknown cast works so well in helping the viewer relate even more to everything that is happening to these unnamed characters.

Everything feels so realistic in how the story moves along and they fact that once certain characters or locations are no longer part of the story, the narrative leaves them behind which keeps things flowing so well.

The editing is superbly done and adds to the way that this story is gripping and engaging to the viewer from start to finish.

The fact that this movie was made within 5 years of the events is quite amazing and that also allowed them to try and get so much of the story more accurately since it was still fresh in the mind’s of the people involved.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The actors who played the hijackers and the actors who played the passengers and crew were kept in separate hotels during filming. They also worked out in separate gyms and did not eat meals together. The director wanted to capture the separation, fear, and hostility between the two groups. (From IMDB)

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


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