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Running Time:
1 hour, 51 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language, and some intense sequences of terror and violence.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Intense, agonizing, excrutiating, unforgettable!

Additional Info:
DVD Features: United 93: The Families and the Film - discover the real-life stories behind the brave passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 through interviews with their families; Feature commentary with director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, Bloody Sunday); Memorial Pages - the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 are remembered with 40 written biographies

United 93
This is the dramatic account of United Airlines Flight 93, the fourth hijacked plane on 9/11; the one that crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania after the passengers and flight attendants tried to regain control before terrorists could crash it into their intended target.

Writer/director Paul Greengrass (“Bloody Sunday,” “The Bourne Supremacy”) has made a powerful, terrifying, disturbing, and emotionally devastating thriller. By shooting in real time with a cast of unknowns, he captures the dreadful realism of the day in a way that’s impossible to watch and just as impossible to ignore. The film seamlessly blends actual events based on flight recordings, phone calls made by the passengers to their families, and accounts by members of those families who spoke to their loved ones during those last frightening minutes.

Only about half of the film actually takes place on board the United flight. A good portion of it features scenes of the air traffic control centers in Newark, Boston and New York, as well as the FAA command center in Virginia where its manager Ben Sliney, recreating his actual role, orders all planes out of the sky as soon as the truth of what is transpiring becomes clear. Religion, in all its forms, including the fanaticism that led to that infamous day, is never far from the surface and when a member of the ground crew closes the passenger door at Newark Airport on that fateful morning, it feels like he's sealing a coffin.

By the time the hijackers strike, the pace quickens and becomes savage, and, oddly, a gives you sort of an emotional release, as the people on the flight finally catch up with what the audience already knows. And once they realize what is happening the editing becomes more kinetic as tempers grow short, miscommunications hamper any action, and everyone scrambles to cope with a situation they don’t completely understand. There is even something comforting in seeing the people on the ground remaining professional as reality crumbles all around them, and in watching the passengers and crew go into action once they discover what the hijackers intend.

While it will never be known exactly what transpired on board that flight, the story gives us some closure. For some people, it may be too soon to relive this grim chapter in our nations history, for others the time will never be right. But it is a story that should be told, should be seen, and will never be forgotten.

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