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September 4, 2006 | by  | in Film | [ssba]

United 93

I really did not feel like watching this film. The current crop of films focusing around 9/11 tragedies like World Trade Centre and this film United 93 just feels to me like they’re trying to exploit peoples’ emotion from the situation just to cash in on it. But I found out that my preconceived notion was wrong, at least in the case of United 93.

The notable element in this film is that it refuses to concentrate on a single character, to develop or explore any of them. I found this very appealing and refreshing, as it made the 9/11 situation what it was, a catastrophe that affected not just one person from their point of view, but thousands of people from all points of views. The audience was made to feel as if they were a hijacker on one of the planes one shot, to an air-traffic controller the next. The shaky camera helped reinforce this feeling, as well as triggering my motion sickness. United 93 becomes an omnipotent eye that shows viewers the genuine events that took place, exactly what happened, and almost in real time.

Be prepared to go through all the feelings you went through when you first found out that planes had been hijacked, or the ever-present images of the burning World Trade Centre on TV. United 93 is definitely an intense film, and quite a good one too. It’s totally understandably why some people wouldn’t want to watch this film, but watching it was a real eye-opener into the event which has shaped modern history.

Directed by Paul Greengrass


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