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
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
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