On September, 11th 2001, two American Airlines and two United Airlines domestic U.S. flights are hijacked by terrorists. After the collision of two planes against the World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorist to take back the control of the airplane. —IMDb
Paul Greengrass (born 13 August 1955) is an English film director, screenwriter and former journalist. He specialises in dramatisations of real-life events and is known for his signature use of hand-held cameras.
Greengrass was born in Cheam, Surrey. His mother was a teacher and his father a river pilot and merchant seaman. He is the brother of noted English historian Mark Greengrass. Greengrass was educated at Westcourt Primary School, Gravesend Grammar School and Sevenoaks School and attended Queens’ College, Cambridge. In October 2012, he received an honorary degree from Kingston University in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to television and cinema’.
Early career in journalism
He first worked as a director in the 1980s, for the ITV current affairs programme World in Action; his investigation of timber-framed house construction has been cited as preventing its widespread adoption in England. At the same time he co… read more
One of the most harrowing, gut-wrenching viewing experiences I've ever had. With a subject as controversial as this, there's no way Paul Greengrass could have made "United 93" without upsetting some people. And frankly it's not hard to see both sides of the argument: the suggestion that making such a film is exploitative, and the other side that declares "United 93" is a lasting tribute to the courage on display that day. Drowning out the hardball debates, though, I'd argue Greengrass' technique is beyond reproach. Forget the term 'shakycam': the crackling handheld photography places you in each grueling second as it ticks by on the plane. A single shot of several hands grasping at flight controls becomes the emotional climax of the entire film, an abstraction of the passengers' struggle to retake their fate.
WTC was truly terrible, but United 93 transcended all of the cliches and turned out to be a shattering masterpiece, the first half an ultra-realistic faux documentary showing the air traffic controller horrified reactions to the worsening terror from the skies, the second half a heart-wrenching portrayal of people forced to face a certain imminent death, and who choose to rage against the dying of the light. ***** 5
There are two reasons why people go to the movies. They either go to be amused, entertained or distracted from the pressures of the real world; it’s called escapism. The other is to learn, experience… read review
This film is pretty much critic proof we don’t know 100% what really went on, on the plane. We only have the records. So this is a dramatization of a meditation of what could have happened. The film… read review