On September 11, 2001, two American Airlines and two United Airlines domestic U.S. flights are hijacked by terrorists. After the collision of two planes against the World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Military controllers were only used during the military scenes. The civilian air traffic scenes were done by real FAA air traffic controllers. See more »
Various goofs exist at the start of the movie while the passengers are arriving at the gate at Newark Airport which reveal the shooting location to be the domestic departure gates at Stansted Airport, Essex, UK. These include the BAA signage, the seating at the gate (17), the rail link to the international departure gates (seen through the glass at the security checkpoint) and a "2 for £25" advertisement on the passenger walkway towards the gates. See more »
A friend of mine has a sister in the Air National Guard. The morning of September 11th, 2001, she was called away prior to the incident involving Flight 93. She was gone for several weeks. When she returned, she was under direct orders to not discuss anything having to do with Flight 93.
It became apparent why, thanks to Donald Rumsfeld's Freudian slip during a speech. Six important words to remember: "...shot down the plane over Pennsylvania..." There was no crash.
Witnesses on the ground reported seeing military jets in the vicinity prior to the incident. One reported hearing an explosion and then seeing a military jet streaking away. A short time later, Flight 93 came down. Pieces of the plane were scattered over an area three miles from the impact site. A crash doesn't do that.
As there were no survivors, no one truly knows what happened on board...except, apparently, Hollywood...in order to turn a fast buck on a tragedy and play on America's emotions once more, five years after the event that is still painful for many to this day...and just in time to prop up the failing polls of Mr. "Dead-or-Alive" Bush who is no longer concerned about bin Laden.
In addition to exploitation for the purpose of more millions of dollars hitting the bank accounts of producers, directors and actors, this movie had one central purpose...to keep Joe and Jane American in check, and reiterate the points of a failing administration in Washington in the face of so much contrary evidence.
If you love propaganda films, this is the one to watch. Had the former Soviet Union thought of this one during the Cold War, we'd all be drinking vodka and eating borscht.
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