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United 93. Paul Greengrass' reconstruction of the events of 9/11 is a brilliant piece of filmmaking and United 93 presents a real-time realistic portrayal of the events.

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United 93 On September 11th 2001 terrorists associated with Al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger planes. Two of these planes where intentionally crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, causing both buildings to collapse and bringing total devastation to everything around it. The third plane was crashed into The Pentagon causing minor damage, but the fourth plane has a fascinating story. People probably haven't heard about this plane as much as the first two but flight United 93 was full of heroic passangers who tried to fight off the hijackers. Unfortunately they lost their lives when the plane crashed into a field somewhere near Pennsylvania. Including the 19 hijackers, 3017 people died as a result of the hijackings. ...read more.

Middle

Unlike a Hollywood blockbuster showing really heroic characters who 'save the day' it shows just ordinary people who were at the wrong place at the wrong time. This film still depicts one of the most terrifying hardships the United States has ever had to face. The passenger's heroism is show by the courageous acts of the people on board who had to make a decision very quickly. The film starts in an ordinary New York apartment with the terrorists reciting from the Qu'ran. This shows the audience the religious beliefs behind the hijack which makes you think whether people should have gone that far just for their religion. The next scene is the terrorists arriving at the airport and listening to people that will get on the flight they are about to hijack saying to their families that they love them and they will see tthem soon. ...read more.

Conclusion

Towards the end of the film Greengrass shows how the terrorists' plan begins to crumble because they get cold feet and become very nervous thinking that they wont have enough time. Four terrorists are on the plane and when the passengers start to rebel, two of them are killed by the passengers. The other two have twenty minutes to go before they reach their 'target', but they can't hold out that long and are eventually put under pressure by the passengers, breaking into the cabin and eventually they make them crash into a field. In conclusion I believe that this movie is brilliant in every way and form. It is impossible to watch and not imagine you and your loved ones in that situation - and this is where the film is an immense success. Miss Farnaby ...read more.

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