Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Movie You Aught to See: United 93

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

United 93
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Released April 28, 2006

As the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks passed this weekend, it felt appropriate to recognize a film that solemnly pays tribute to the people who lost their lives trying to fight back aboard one of the hijacked flights. While some still found it to be too soon, opening less than five years after the attacks, “United 93” presented a straightforward, respectful dramatization of what is known to have occurred and what may have occurred aboard the flight and on the ground. Unlike Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center,” released at around the same time, this one wasn’t flashy and didn’t feature any big stars. It’s one of the most tragic and moving films made in recent years, and the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it all the more saddening and powerful. The final minutes are absolutely devastating and incredibly well-done.

1 comment:

Greg Boyd said...

I've heard great things about this movie, and have been wrestling with the decision of whether or not to watch it. It just looks so painful. Typically subject matter alone isn't enough to turn me away from a film, but this one... I just don't know.