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United 93 [DVD]

Khalid Abdalla , Opal Alladin , Paul Greengrass    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Khalid Abdalla, Opal Alladin, Lewis Alsamari, David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins
  • Directors: Paul Greengrass
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lloyd Levin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G8NPX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of the most shocking events in modern American history gets a skilled and respectful treatment in United 93. The movie begins by following the four terrorists who hijacked the plane that never reached its target on 9/11/2001, tracking them as they enter the airport and wait for their flight, surrounded by the people who will die from their actions. From there, it cuts to and fro among air traffic controllers and the military as, gradually, it becomes clear that planes are being hijacked and crashed into buildings. As the focus turns to the captive United Flight 93, the passengers discover, due to cell phone connections with family, that they're on a suicide mission and--almost paralyzed by stress and anxiety--decide to fight back. Most movies create tension by implying what might happen, but with United 93 the audience knows exactly what happened: Every person on that plane died. As a result, the movie is more relentlessly gut-wrenching than suspenseful (though the dawning realisation of the air traffic controllers has an effective creeping dread). But writer/director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) manages to keep the scale of the events human; there are no glamourous heroics, only terrifying confusion and desperate, hopeless bravery. One can only hope the movie brings some peace to the families of the passengers, as United 93 is the cinematic equivalent of a war memorial, commemorating lives lost in a moment of horrible, harrowing conflict. --Bret Fetzer

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United 93

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The first heroes of the post 9/11 world." 6 Sep 2006
By A Customer
I guess we can all remember what we were doing on that day five years ago. Now we have Paul Greengrass's explosive movie United 93 to yet again remind us of how that fateful day played out. Set up very much like a documentary, and taking place in real time, United 93 puts you right there onboard United Airlines Flight 93, the fourth hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field, just short of its intended target - probably the Capitol Building.

For the crew, the passengers, and indeed the air traffic controllers in both Boston and New York, the day started like any other. In New York it was a beautiful summer's morning as the intended passengers for United Flight 93 arrived at La Guardia, ready to fly home to San Francisco. The pilots make small talk, while the air stewards' joke about personal stuff. People are seen working on laptops and talking into cell phones as the plane is loaded up with jet fuel. Mark Bingham arrives late just as the plane is finishing boarding.

Little do the passengers know that sitting amongst them at the departure gate are four young men of Middle Eastern descent who intent to hijack the plane and use it as a suicide missile. Unfortunately, due to heavy traffic the flight is late leaving, but once it's in the air, the hijackers seem to breath a sigh of relief. We watch as they wait and wait for it seems like forever to make their move, and then, once they do, we also observe as the passengers realize the World Trade Center has been hit after talking with their loved ones on the ground.

Meanwhile, during these breathless, heart-stopping moments, the film cuts away to the desperation and confusion in airport control towers, the FAA's overwhelmed operations command center in Herndon, Va.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific filmmaking 17 Mar 2007
I have to say that this film has far exceeded my expectations. The docudrama style is thankfully unsensational and believable. It was absolutely the correct direction to take and Paul Greengrass should and has been saluted for that. It would have seemed disrespectful in the extreme to have made this into some sort of bombastic, jingoistic popcorn fodder but what we are presented with here is a muted, mature, faithful legacy to those on board that doomed flight. I find it unbelievable reading comments saying the film is boring because this is about showing us the reality as far as we know it of what happened, about being a tribute to those who refused to be victims and whose spirit to fight back took over and about posing the difficult questions as to how this was able to happen. I'm sure entertainment never entered into it.

Besides, I was on an emotional rollercoaster from the very start. Watching the mundane actions of the flight crew and passengers as they board and prepare for take off unaware of what lies ahead, watching the confusion and chaos of those in the control rooms, seeing the nervous shiftiness of the four unassuming hijackers, hearing the verbatim final messages to loved ones and the overwhelming final mutiny were all so gripping, tense and moving. Scenes throughout were so well executed with the editing deserving special mention, especially the frantic scenes on the ground between the military command room, control centres and airport towers, you get a real sense of the chaos and the bewilderment as reality dawns on those watching it all unfold.

Another wise decision Greengrass took was to only make a nod to the other three hijacked flights, rather than attempt to recreate any scenes on board those planes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing 13 May 2007
This film is the story of the passengers aboard United Airlines flight 93 on 11 Sepember 2001. This is the flight that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Director Paul Greengrass has done a fantstic job of telling this story without over glamourising anything and avoiding any political stories and just allows the story to tell itself.

The movie is harrowing and shows the anguish and despair of the passengers as the plane is hijacked and as they come to realise it is a suicide mission from phone calls home and finding out about the two planes crashing into the twin towers. They realise their plane is not destined to land and so have to take matters into their own hands to take control of the flight.

It also shows the chaos and disorientation experienced by the air traffic controllers and the military and the lack of a joined up approach in dealing with the problem and actually identifying which planes had been hijacked and which had actually crashed.

The film is like an in your face, fly on the wall documentary which pulls no punches and ratchets up the terror without going over the top. I felt as though I could get into the head of the passengers and understand what they were going through which means the director has done a wonderful job in potraying this story.

What makes the film for me is that there are no major stars in it which means the movie is the star.

We all know the ending but the filming of it was superb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'must see' film 15 Feb 2007
By Chris Pearson VINE VOICE
Having sat through an increasing offering of 'OK' docu-dramas from JFK to World Trade Centre, I approached this film with some trepidation given the plaudits it received when released into the cinema.

I shouldn't have worried. Greengrass has produced a superb film. It's an emotional rollercoaster cutting between what's happening onboard U93 and what is happening at US air traffic control as it slowly dawns on them that the US is under attack from planes in it's own airspace.

We all know the terrible story of course, but Greengrass portrays the terror with great tension and the human stories with sensitivity and respect.

This is no schmaltzy retrospective, or political statement. It sets out to simply tell the story of the audacity of the hi-jackers, the horor and experiences of the passengers on United 93, and the disbelief of the US administration as the plot unfolded. And it does it exceptionally well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 8 days ago by mark a howell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament To The Crew and Passengers
I put off watching this for many years. I could not bare to see the horror they went through. Having bucked up courage I am glad I did. May they all rest in peace.
Published 2 months ago by FRANKIEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film I really enjoyed watching it and it makes you look back and reflect on the things that happened.
Published 4 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the five best films of the noughties.
Along with Brokeback Mountain, There Will Be Blood, The Dark Knight and Pan's Labyrinth, this is one of the five best from that decade. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars United 93 dvd
Arrived promptly after ordering & a well made film. Sadly we all know what happened to the flight & what a tragedy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Garfield
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful films of the last decade
For my generation, 9/11 was the "Where were you when" event. This film still never ceases to make me reflect on the sheer heroism of those 40 people, who fought until the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kieron Smyth
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS FLIGHT 93
I have flight 93 so bought this to compare. It is a very slow film and not much detail about the hero passengers unlike flight 93. In relation to the seller. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alana Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of film making
Great film but not for the light hearted. Extremely emotional. It will have you in tears. So sad. Good movie
Published 10 months ago by Marc Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving masterpiece
A fantastic, moving film. The packaging for the region 1 DVD I purchased is nice actually. Even though there's no happy ending for what happened on that awful day, I couldn't... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Beres
5.0 out of 5 stars recommend
I wasn't personally effected by the events on 9/11. but I loved the depth to this film, how it showed you various perspectives. Read more
Published 17 months ago by emilyj
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