United 93

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Released 2006

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Director:
Paul Greengrass
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
United 93 is a 2006 biographical drama written and directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) and featuring a lauded ensemble cast that includes Christian Clemenson, Trish Gates, and Khalid Abdalla in a moving story about the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the heroic passengers whose actions prevented a devastating national loss. United Airlines Flight 93 was one of four passenger airplanes hijacked on 9/11 by al-Qaeda terrorists. United 93 was the only hijacked plane that did not successfully reach its destination; one plane crashed into the United States Pentagon, and the other two planes were responsible for destroying the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This film tells the story of the passengers aboard United 93, whose self-sacrifice and heroism prevented the plane from reaching its ultimate destination: the United States Capitol. United 93 is a powerful story about the ordinary people who became iconic heroes during the mass confusion and fear of of September 11.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Brian Lowry

    The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Intellectually, we know we should applaud the marvels United 93 has accomplished, and we do. But it is a film envisioned as a monument, a memorial tribute, and in our hearts we wan...

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Its focus is purposely narrow. But that narrow focus, along with the lack of fully realized characters, and the absence of any historical or political context, raises the question ...

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    fight for survival, 9/11 undertones, facing danger, history defining moment, ruthless killing