Weekly Films Every Wednesday and Sunday @ 9 pm in the PSU Theater
This week’s film is United 93.
This is the story of the takeoff and hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 by terrorists, the discovery by passengers with cell phones that other hijacked planes had been steered into the World Trade Center towers, and the realization that their plane was being steered toward Washington D.C.
Greengrass takes pains to keep events believable and relatively unrhetorical, rejecting entertainment for the sake of sober reflection, though one has to ask how edifying this is apart from its reduction of the standard myths.
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
This limitation in source material has had a peculiar effect on the script. Never is there a moment of repulsive sentimentality or exploitation, but neither is Greengrass able to realize an ultimate purpose.
– Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
… for all its shock value, it is never exploitative, and it has something important to say.
– Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
Summary and reviews from www.rottentomatoes.com