United 93 (R)

Drama 121 April 28, 2006
By Robert Wilonsky
Those who view this wrenching, profound, perfectly made 9/11 movie as a case of too much way too soon are right to say that none of us needs to be told once more what happened that day; we're reminded of it each time George W. Bush invokes the date to explain or excuse his actions. But that's precisely why the film needs to be seen: Even as a work of fiction, United 93 wrests from politicians' sweaty hands the cynical battle cry that date has become and shrinks September 11 down to a human-sized tragedy. Writer-director Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) is as indignant toward panicked and absent government officials as he is respectful of Flight 93's passengers, who are eulogized here--mourned over, cried for, at last considered. You will feel something during every single second of United 93: anger, fear, hate, hope, and most of all grief, which is all anyone can ask of an endeavor such as this. (Robert Wilonsky)
Paul Greengrass Olivia Thirlby, David Alan Basche, Liza Colon-Zayas, Denny Dillon, April Telek, Cheyenne Jackson, Trish Gates Paul Greengrass Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lloyd Levin Universal Pictures

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