United 93 (R)

Drama 121 April 28, 2006
By Robert Wilonsky
Paul Greengrass' September 11, 2001 movie uses the hijacking of one plane to tell the story of what happened to all four aircraft seized that morning, and it may be the most wrenching, profound, and perfectly made movie nobody wants to see. Those who view United 93 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 Bush invokes the date to explain or excuse his actions. But that is precisely why United 93 needs to be seen: Even as a work of fiction, it wrests from politicians' sweaty hands the cynical battle cry that date has become and shrinks September 11 down to a human-sized tragedy. Those killed 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.
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