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DVD Review: Flight 93

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9/11/01 is most definitely “a day [along with 12/7/41] that will live in infamy.” The events of that tragic day have deeply scarred every American citizen. However, amidst the catastrophic occurrences of September 11th, a boundless sense of hope emerged and strengthened the U.S. as a country united. In particular, this hope was found in the heroic actions of the 45 passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

On that fateful day, 45 people climbed aboard United Airlines Flight 93 not knowing that it would soon become a terrorist weapon. These courageous souls were hijacked and when they learned of the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon, they quickly attempted to regain control of the plane in order to prevent another terrorist attack on the nation’s Capital. Prior to crashing in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, nearly every passenger made a connection with a loved one expressing their love and saying, “Goodbye” for the last time.

In particular, two connections are emotionally arresting — one being, Deena Burnett (Kendall Cross) trying to call the authorities once she learns of the turmoil that her husband, Tom (Jeffrey Nordling), is enduring. The other is when Todd Beamer (Brennan Elliott) recites the Lord’s Prayer with a Verizon 911 employee.

As a made-for-TV movie, Flight 93 is a diamond in the rough. As a tribute to the plane’s passengers, crew and their families it is a worthy motion-picture. However as a gut-wrenching, suspenseful and dramatic motion-picture, Flight 93 comes up a bit short; not measuring up to its Universal counterpart (United 93) — mainly due to its choppy closing and its lackluster special effects.

Instead of issuing a climax saturated with a dramatic sense of enlightenment, Flight 93’s conclusion drops the majority of the intensity that came before. Its point-of-view shot from an on-looking farmer, followed by a puff of black smoke and an obvious CGI crater, comes off as a weak cop-out compared to the brilliance of the conclusion of Universal Picture Studios’ United 93. Plus the mere fact that the stewardess’ food cart – that the passengers used to rush the cockpit – is pictured as withstanding the impact of the crash, when the body of the plane is completely destroyed, is borderline preposterous.

Nonetheless, with its faults, the A&E TV special, Flight 93, is an unforgettable ride and a powerful journey that is both respectful and tactful towards the brave it represents. All-in-all, Flight 93 is recommended viewing (in conjunction with the theatrical release, United 93) for every American; it’s worth every dime and the time invested.

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  • Patrick

    The scenario described in Loose change makes more sense to me.

  • TH

    This movie was absolute garbage.

    Gained no support, was on a low budget, this movie shouldnt even have been made at all.

    This just goes to show you how many pigs are running around in this country now capitolizing on the tragedys. The dialogue used in the film, primarily in the telephone conversations were nothing like the phonecalls released to Fox News and CNN.

    They would have never got that silly toy of a bomb passed airport security nevermind them 5 inch blades they were weilding.

    Besides, wheres the american logic and common sense in all this….They got a bomb with the intention to use it at anytime…they are hijacking a plane to make an attack that they would peobly get beheaded for if they failed.

    Thats just defeats the purpose overall of even having a brain in our heads.

    This is another assortment to a pile of lies that just whitewashes the american dream. There were no real professional actors in this movie cause it would have obviously hurt their careers and reputuation.

    Brainwashing. This country is full of fat.

  • Hahaha

    This movie also appeals to me that americans are weak and scared people even though we have come so far.

    The only thing that can stop america….is a third world country. Who woulda thought.

  • TH

    One other thing, How did they know all that stuff even happend on that plane?

    How did they know what was spoken?

    ok, even if there were phones in use and all that crap how did they remember every single word spoken by islamic people.

    The movies Fiction and if anyone here still got a brain left. Fiction is fiction.