United 93

Why make this film at all?

Article by Keir Hind | 15 Jun 2006

United 93' details the events of September 11th 2001, focusing on the plane which did not reach its intended target, instead crashing into a field in Pennsylvania. The first point of controversy this raises is, why make this film at all? The trailer was pulled from some cinemas because it was seen as too harrowing, and according to Alex Cox in The Guardian, the film's dedicated internet forum was closed down because too many people disputed what they saw as the film's promotion of a governmental account. Yet this seems to be a carefully considered film; it was made with the cooperation of the families of all of the deceased passengers. The director, Paul Greengrass, is no stranger to handling controversial material having made docu-dramas about Steven Lawrence and 'Bloody Sunday', and having co-written the notoriously banned book 'Spycatcher'. All of those works did not stick to any official version of events, but since 'United 93' apparently does, it's more probable that Greengrass listened to what the families of the deceased (who have themselves had privileged access to classified information) had to say than what the government has reported. Judge for yourself: the film reaches cinemas here on June 2nd.

Dir: Paul Greengrass
Release date: June 2 http://www.united93movie.com/index.php