United 93 (2006) – 8/10

United 93 (2006)

On September 11th, 2001, flight United 93 is hijacked but, thanks to an hour delay in departure, the passengers learn of two other planes that have been hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York and their terrifying experience starts to turn into a flight to their certain death.


The most visceral movie since Saving Private Ryan sees a fictionalised though meticulously researched account of what happened on flight United Airlines 93 on September 11, 2001. It feels absolutely, horribly real from beginning to end and puts you right in the middle of the terror causing you to ponder, as it should, ‘what would I do?’ The ony minor false note comes from the casting of Sledge Hammer David Rasche as one of the passengers but that is only if you know him from that iconic role. It does, however, have the fascinating side-effect of making you ache for a hero. You want John McClane on board that plane. You want Kurt Russell to pop up in the food elevator. But, of course, they don’t appear to save the day. Chilling. Brilliantly, writer / director / producer Paul Greengrass has managed to avoid every possible problem and misjudgement that a movie could have with this still ultra-sensitive topic.

This movie contains sexual swear words and strong violence, extended peril and extremely upsetting scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Available on DVD.