September 30, 2023 | Rome, Italy

United 93

By |2018-03-21T18:30:03+01:00April 1st, 2006|Reviews|


Date: 2006

Director: Paul Greengrass

Starring: J.J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, Opal Alladin


ou’ll get a knot in your stomach from the first frame. By the end, the knot will be in your throat. British director Paul Greengrass recreates the events of September 11 in a superbly-affecting docudrama style. He simply shows us what happened that day — what we couldn’t see then or, perhaps, have since have forgotten.

You are there with the terrorists as they prepare to execute their mission. With the crew as they blithely board. With the air traffic controllers as they realize something is terribly wrong. With the military commanders as they struggle to decide whether to use their fire power. And you are there with the passengers, as they realize they are doomed and try to wrest control of their plane. Greengrass seems to realize that even the mundane moments of what began as a normal day are horribly poignant just because we know now what they didn’t.

About the Author:

Kate Swoger is too-rapidly approaching middle age. Following a young woman’s not-so-erotic journey from Montreal to Middle Europe, she settled in Toronto, where she works for CBC Radio. On her last birthday, she decided to write a short story for every month of the year, in an effort to become a published author. Her first story was recently printed in the Vancouver magazine Front, making her instantly immortal.