Tuesday, September 4, 2007

United 93 (2006)

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United 93 may be the most important film of the 21st century to date. Many will say that, because of how difficult it is to watch, this film is not for everyone, and those people are wrong. United 93 is a thoughtful, painstakingly effective portrayal of the events of September 11, 2001, particularly United flight 93 which crashed into a field in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Directed by Paul Greengrass, known for parts 2 and 3 of the Bourne series, the film employs no well known actors and many engineers, officers, and various personnel playing themselves. The direction is phenomenal as every single scene captures the raw emotion and intensity of the bizarre sequence of events. The casting of little known actors prevents the viewer from being star-struck, and eliminates the feeling of watching an actor in costume. There is no swelling, pulsing, sappy Hollywood score to tell the viewer how to feel because the emotions are right on the screen. The frantic editing and documentary-like cinematography create a window into how different people from all angles felt and acted throughout the events. Aside from the technical and artistic brilliance, United 93 is such vital film because of its presentation. The complete neglect of Hollywood techniques and marketability as a film leave behind truth and reality. This wasn't meant to be enjoyable but a chronicle of a terrible event, life lost, indecisiveness under pressure, and the sheer courageousness of humans fighting evil, grasping for their lives. A film like this could only be made about an event as tragic as 9/11, and no other film about 9/11 should ever be made. It may be too soon after the event for the brilliance of United 93 to sink in, and the fact that it was nominated (without winning) only two Academy Awards is an embarrassment to the Academy. In a country full of media and political bias divided along ideological lines, it is refreshing and necessary to take a step back and understand what happened, why it happened, and honor the life that was lost. This movie is a depiction of fact without any opinion, spin or twist. United 93 is a groundbreaking accomplishment and a landmark achievement in film that must be watched.

Good For: everyone

Bad For: overly emotional people

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1 comment:

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