Evelyn GoughIn the Picture

United 93

Directed by Paul Greengrass

Rated M

Dont you wish we could go back to the good old days. And Im not talking about when we all rode around on horses etc, because personally I dont believe a time without antibiotics or vaccinations would have been all that great.

No, Im talking about just a few short years ago, the year 2000.

Sydney was hosting the best Olympics ever, everyone was having a wonderful time and it just felt good to be part of the world. The events that were to unfold one year later were beyond imagining.

As we rapidly approach the anniversary of 9/11 director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, Bloody Sunday) powerful film United 93 hits our cinema screens.

It deals with the fate of September 11s fourth hijacked plane, the plane that never made it to its intended target thanks to the actions of the passengers and remaining crew members. Using a combination of known facts and supposition this incredibly moving dramatisation is all the more harrowing because we know its outcome.

We know that United 93 will crash in a field. We know three other planes were hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. But the morning of September the 11th, 2001, began like any other ordinary day and for the passengers and crew of United 93 this was just another mundane flight. No-one could have envisioned the tragedy and horror that was to come...

To be perfectly honest I wasnt too keen to see this movie, I thought it would depress me terribly. Im really glad I changed my mind. Yes, it made me cry, but thats not a bad thing. I cried that night watching it live on TV.

Greengrass has done a superb job and definitely deserves the critical acclaim he is receiving. The virtually unknown cast are all terrific. From go to whoa United 93 will keep you glued to your seat. It will fill you with a sense of dread but you will be rivetted.

Air travel will never be the same again since 9/11 but after watching United 93 I have a new appreciation for all the latest safety regulations. Sure its a pain having to take off your shoes to be x-rayed and it hurts throwing away that expensive make-up but believe me, its better than the alternative.

Highly recommended.

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