Where do I even start. Several thoughts have been racing thru my head thanks to dormant feelings this movie has now stirred up. What hasn't been said about September 11, 2001 by now? Maybe a better question after seeing this movie is what still hasn't been said that we don't know about?
"United 93" is the real-time depiction of the single hijacked plane of the four that day that didn't hit its mark. It focuses on the viewpoints of the passengers and ground control. Keeping the vantage point confined to those parties allows us to view the experience as if we were there.
I can't remember the last time a movie had me so worked up and so overcome with varied emotions. At the end, I was literally in my seat sweating in a very well air-conditioned theater. Pissed. Sad. Concerned. Pretty much everything but amused.
How in the world did they get knives and boxcutters on board? What kind of piss poor security scanners were there? And it took this fateful day for the FAA to mandate rules regarding cockpit entry? I can almost understand the military not being prepared for an attack on New York, but how are they so ill-prepared for an attack on our nation's capitol to not have armed fighter jets ready?
It's amazing that for as organized as the terrorist's plan was for a mass synchronized attack on our nation, how disorganized they were on this one flight. At least that's what I thought at first. After this, I got the definitive feeling that it's more due to the courageous and selfless acts of the passengers on the plane. As a matter of fact, you begin to wonder how come the other flights couldn't have mustered the same zeal.
Wahl pointed out that we really don't know how accurate it could be since no one survived. That's true to an extent, but in this rare case, we have the benefit of their play-by-play. There were SEVERAL phone calls made from the plane during the whole ordeal. There was also limited communication that ground control intercepted from the cockpit. It was real enough for me.
I've said this after 9/11 and I'm even more behind it now. I normally don't endorse profiling; however, EVERY middle eastern person now should be profiled. So what if it's unfair. Our country was founded on these perceptions. If they don't like it, so what. I'd tell them its your turn now so deal with it.
You want so much for this movie to have a happy ending but we all know the final result. One does have a greater admiration for the average schmoes on the plane. In fact, when they do overtake the hijackers, you can't help but feel whatever punishment they inflict couldn't possibly be enough.
My rating: A