Saturday, June 03, 2006

United 93

I went back and forth and back and forth over whether I could see this movie. Is it too soon? Is it right? Will I cope? And so on and so on. In the end I realised that I had to see it for many reasons, not least the fact that nobody seems to have a bad word to say about it.

The film has been made with the utmost care and sensitivity and with the approval and co-operation of the relatives of those on board the flight and those on the ground who watched it all unfold, helplessly aghast. It takes place in real time and is filmed with an immediacy that makes the viewing experience unbearably uncomfortable and entirely gripping all at the same time. What is such an acheivement about this film is that you are left with no doubt that this film is a very important work, a story that needed to be told and immortalised for hundreds of reasons, but it doesn't once batter you about the head shouting "LOOK! WE'RE TELLING AN IMPORTANT STORY!" (something I fear will not be said of Oliver Stone's upcoming World Trade Centre). What's more, without any emotional manipulation or blatant heart string tugging, it reduced me to floods of tears for the last 10-15 minutes and I had trouble recovering myself and stopping the tears while the credits rolled. An absolutely astonishing film, a tricky proposition that paid off and is a fitting tribute to the people who were involved.

7 comments:

Grouchbutt said...

At IMDb.com, there is a message board for this movie that actually says "SPOILER ALERT". Thank God I didn't read it...

Popcultureboy said...

There are also message boards on there accusing the film of racism for its portrayal of terrorists and much more sickeningly, threads calling the passengers idiots for fighting back and getting themselves killed. IMDb boards are legendary in the kind of educationally subnormal fucktards they attract, but this is beyond the pale.

Grouchbutt said...

And yet I keep going back to read them...which is worse? Posting inanity or habitually lurking to read it?

Eric said...

Thanks for the recommendation on this one. I was honestly thinking it'd end up being too hoaky or something considering the subject matter but, if everyone can agree with you, then they must have really succeeded at this.

Popcultureboy said...

Grouchbutt: I know! I'm the same. I am fascinated and appalled at just how thunderingly ignorant some people can be.

Eric: See it. You won't be sorry.

Addy said...

A difficult movie to watch, but I'm glad I did. But, oh, the tears!

Blood Ray said...

I haven't seen the film. I just wanted to admit that I, too, am an IMDB message board junkie.