“United 93” is a 2006 drama film directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles the events of September 11, 2001, specifically the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93, which ultimately crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to regain control of the plane from the terrorists.
Synopsis: The film begins with the hijackers preparing for their mission and then cuts to the morning of September 11, 2001, as the passengers board United Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California. As the flight progresses, the hijackers seize control of the plane and take the passengers and crew hostage.
The passengers begin to realize that the hijackers are intent on using the plane as a weapon to attack a target in Washington, D.C. With the help of several passengers who use cell phones to contact loved ones and gather information about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, they formulate a plan to storm the cockpit and take back control of the plane.
Despite their heroic efforts, the plane crashes in a field in Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.
Review: “United 93” is a tense and emotional film that depicts the events of 9/11 with raw and unflinching realism. Greengrass's use of hand-held cameras and naturalistic lighting gives the film a documentary-style feel, heightening the sense of immediacy and urgency. The cast, which includes several real-life air traffic controllers and military personnel, give authentic and moving performances.
While the film does not offer any easy answers or comforting resolutions, it is a powerful reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, as well as the heroism of the first responders who worked tirelessly to save lives on that fateful day.
Awards: “United 93” was critically acclaimed and received several award nominations, including two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Film Editing. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Director and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. It was also included in numerous year-end top ten lists and was praised for its realistic and respectful portrayal of the events of 9/11.
|Directed by||Paul Greengrass|
|Produced by||Paul Greengrass
|Screenplay by||Paul Greengrass|
|Based on||9/11 Commission Report
by the 9/11 Commission
David Alan Basche,
Michael J. Reynolds,
|Music by||John Powell|
|Edited by||Clare Douglas
Working Title Films
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures
United International Pictures (United Kingdom)
Mars Distribution (France)
|Release date||April 28, 2006|
|Running time||110 minutes|
|Box office||$76.3 million|