Friday, April 28, 2006

UNITED 93 Film


The much anticipated and highly controversial film, UNITED 93, hits theatres today across the country. The film, directed by British filmmaker, Paul Greengrass, tells the story of United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, NJ to San Francisco California on September 11, 2001.

The families of the 40 passengers who were killed on the real United Flight 93 cooperated in the production of the film, offering Greengrass detailed background information about their loved ones to help with the film -- down to the clothes they wore and what kind of candy they might've snacked upon on the plane. Victims' families were among the first to see "United 93" at screenings set up for them by Universal Pictures, who is distributing the film. Universal reportedly plans to donate 10 percent of the first weekend's box-office grosses to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., where the plane crashed.

Here's what a few critics had to say about this film:

NewsMax (4/14/06) – “Rush Limbaugh Praises 'United 93' Movie” – “America's number one talk-radio host, Rush Limbaugh, is giving an enthusiastic thumbs up to the controversial new 9/11 movie, ‘United 93.’ Limbaugh said on Friday's broadcast that critics are wrong when they say it's too soon to revisit the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Los Angeles Times (4/18/06) – “It’s Time We Looked” by Patrick Goldstein – Article encourages viewers to see United 93 with an open mind.

Hollywood Elsewhere (4/12/06) – “Blown Away” by Jeffrey Wells – “Is Paul Greengrass's ‘United 93’ (Universal, 4.28) a knockout, a time-stopper, a mind-blower? It sure as hell is . . . Is feeling power-drilled all over again by one of the worst real-life nightmares of all time a good thing? To me, it is. It happened, it's real, and this film knocks your socks off because it takes you right back to that surreal morning and that feeling, that almost-afraid-to-breathe feeling, and to me, that's partly what good films do -- they lift you out of your realm and make you forget about everything but what's on-screen.”

Writer/director/producer Paul Greengrass with the cast and crew of Universal Pictures’ unflinching drama United 93.


Kweli-Mos Def said...

Well then, i guess i might as well take a look at this movie then.

Be blessed!


proud fan said...

Yeah hun, I'm not sure, but I think I'll probably watch it too. I've been reading a lot of articles about it and seen the trailers. I think that just for the fact that the victims' families have had such a hand in making it worth our approval, I will see how it is, and then judge it for myself. Never let anyone else make up your mind for you chica!

Reel Fanatic said...

It seems morbid to say I'm "looking forward" to this one, but I really am .. when I finally get up the nerve to see it later today I'll be curious to see how Hollywood treats the actions of these true American heroes