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United 93

2006 Drama

Bloody Sunday director Paul Greengrass marks the five-year anniversary on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States with this speculative meditation on the events that took place onboard the fourth hijacked plane, and the actions of the passengers who gave their lives to ensure the safety of others. Told in real time and acted out by a cast of unknowns who were provided with detailed studies of their real-life counterparts, United 93 attempts to reconstruct the airborne tragedy from the view of the ground and flight controllers, the passengers, and their nervous families awaiting word on the fate of their loved ones. As the terrified travelers and crew gradually become aware of the historical events taking place on the ground so far beneath them, the 90 minutes in which a random collection of strangers realized their fate and came together to confront an unthinkable threat are re-created. more..

Director: Paul Greengrass

Starring: Becky London, Cheyenne Jackson, Chip Zien, Ben Sliney, Leigh Zimmerman

Reviews

  • This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    11 May 2013

  • Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    11 May 2013

  • An unflinching, powerfully visceral and haunting portrait of the tragic events aboard one of the terrorist-commandeered flights on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Claudia Puig - USA Today

    11 May 2013

  • Quite remarkably, though, its clear-eyed view of an unprecedented American tragedy leaves us with emotions that audiences of those earlier days would readily recognize -- love of country, bottomless grief, an appreciation of life's preciousness and fragility. A film that can do this and also teach is to be cherished. And seen. It's time.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    11 May 2013

  • Greengrass has made not only a thoroughly fact-checked film but a film that uncontrovertibly comes from the heart.

    Kirk Honeycutt - The Hollywood Reporter

    11 May 2013

Awards

  • Movie of the Year

    AFI Awards (2007)

  • Best Achievement in Directing

    Academy Awards (2007)

     
  • Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic

    American Cinema Editors (2007)

     
  • Best Film

    Austin Film Critics Association (2007)

  • Best Editing

    BAFTA Awards (2007)