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United 93 opens on Friday, 4/28. Is it the right time for a 9/11 movie?

Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2006. Last Updated on Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 10:55 AM by Scott Jentsch

The first theatrical movie release about the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, United 93, is opening in theaters this Friday. As its title implies, it recounts what might have happened on the plane that didn't make it to Washington D.C. as part of the terrorist plot of destruction that day. I've seen promos for this movie, but I haven't watched the trailer. I haven't decided if I'm even going to see it in the movie theater with other people, by myself and/or my family on DVD, or at all. I've seen documentaries about how the towers fell, but there is a certain isolation that one can enjoy by concentrating on the science of it, as opposed to the emotion and drama of first-person perspective, which is what United 93 looks to be providing. On top of the prospect of revisiting the events of that day and the emotions that came with them, there is a concern about if such a movie will exploit the situation for its own cinematic pursuits. It's not just United 93 that will cause this concern, as another movie, World Trade Center, takes us back to 9/11 as well. All that said, it appears that United 93 may have found the right balance between a real-life story, a human tragedy, a story of heroism, and an effective movie. Our Featured Movie Critic has seen the movie, and it is the first movie of the year to get his top rating of four stars. He goes so far as to say that it will be on his Top 10 list for the year, and a prime contender for the Best Picture Oscar as well. Click the read link for more information about United 93, including the movie trailer and the reviews that have been written for the movie so far. More information will be coming in the next couple of days as it becomes available.


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