April 19, 2006

"United 93"

Hard as it may be to buy a ticket to it- or even view the trailer- this is a breathtaking film, which deserves to go alongside "9-11" (the documentary by the French brothers that aired on CBS in 2002) as the definitive cinematic telling of the events of September 11.

The film takes the nearly impossible task of weaving suspense out of a story in which we already know the ending going in. It's harrowing, emotional, and ultimately inspiring, and served very well by the decision to cast nearly all of the roles with unknowns, and (even better) by casting most of the air-traffic controllers as themselves.

And perhaps most refreshing of all, there's next to no politics (aside from well-supported complaints about lack of communication that morning), and the film doesn't even touch conspiracy theories. My only complaint? The editing in some of the later scenes is a bit choppy, rendering the events quite hard to follow.

The local Philadelphia radio personality Dom Giordano was sitting behind me at the screening, and he said on his show last night that he greatly enjoyed and appreciated the film.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 19, 2006 04:28 PM

I saw the film tonight.
I had forgotten about 9/11, what happened and who did it.
No more will I ever forget.

Posted by: Ron at April 29, 2006 01:04 AM
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