Posted by Curt on 14 May, 2006 at 11:37 am. Be the first to comment!


The Wife and I saw United 93 on Friday night. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. I will admit that this movie was one of only a handful of movies that caused tears to be rolling down my cheek at the end.

This is a movie that you really don’t look forward to seeing, having to relive that day all over again. But it’s a movie that you HAVE to see. If only to honor those who died on that flight, who died running up those buildings as other’s ran down, and all the other innocent victims of that attack.

It does an outstanding job of portraying the confused situation on the ground and the terror in the passengers eye’s of United 93.

Too those who think it was made too soon after that day all you have to do is look around and see all those who have already forgotten. All those who say we are not really at war. All those who criticize gathering information from within to defeat this enemy, because they believe there really isn’t a enemy.

The movie should have been released years ago. In Spite Of Everything say’s it better:

I said it was too soon, we needed more time. But I realize now when I hear about so many people criticizing the war on terror, the sheer audacity of some to defend terrorists, the mumurings that they just want things back the way they were that we as a nation need a reminder. We need to stop allowing ourselves to forget and remember a day when ordinary Americans did something extraordinary.

The families of those who died on that flight believe it is a movie that HAD to have been made. Can you imagine what kind of courage it took for them to watch this movie?

THE sobbing at the back of the auditorium was not the sentimental sniffling you normally hear at the cinema. It was the full-throated grief more typically heard in a hospital or a funeral home.

On Tuesday night anguished families wailed as they watched the last moments of their loved ones? lives unfold on screen at the world premiere of United 93, by the British writer-director Paul Greengrass, the first Hollywood film about the September 11, 2001, hijackings.

About 90 relatives of the 40 victims mustered the courage to walk the red carpet to watch Mr Greengrass?s disturbingly realistic depiction of the passenger revolt that brought the aircraft down in a field in Pennsylvania and probably saved the Capitol building from attack.

?It?s horrific to see my brother, Edward, on the screen, knowing what is going to happen,? Gordon Felt said. ?It?s shattering, but it needs to be. This is a violent story.?

[…]The audience gave the victims? families a standing ovation before the screening but were overwhelmed towards the end by the open weeping of the relatives and left the auditorium in stunned silence.

[…]?It?s a powerful story. It?s hard to watch. But it?s an important motion picture,? Alice Hoagland, whose rugby-playing son, Mark Bingham, took part in the revolt, said. ?As a mum who lost a son fighting terrorism on Flight 93 and as a flight attendant, I know we have a lot to do. Although it ended up in tragedy, there is a glimmer of hope because you see the building of Congress still standing.

And the director summed it up nicely:

[…]?Some people will not want to see the film,? Greengrass said. ?People find the subject too hard. I respect that. Remembering is painful. It?s difficult. But it can be inspiring and it can bring wisdom.?

Don’t let the movie leave the theaters before you see it.

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