Released in 2006, five years after the events on September 11, 2001, United 93 portrays the story of the events leading up to the crash of the United Airlines 93 into a field in Pennsylvania. The movie currently holds a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and received two nominations for Academy Awards in Achievement in Directing and Film Editing. Here is the official trailer.

The story begins as the day did. As the morning of 9/11 continues, the film follows the story of how the air traffic control members, the pilots and the passengers all discover and try to comprehend the fact that the US is being attacked. As the terrorists begin to take control of the aircraft, the passengers begin to fight back.

One of the things I loved about this movie was how hard the director, cast and crew worked to make sure that they stayed as true to the story as they could. The actors that played the terrorists were kept separate from those who were playing the passengers. They were separated to the point that they stayed at separate hotels and did not meet the other actors until they filmed the hijack sequence was filmed.

The actors were chosen because they resembled the people on board the plane. The director and the crew were helped by the families of the victims to make sure that the actors and actresses looked, acted, and event were listening to the same type of music or snacking on the same type of candy that the passengers would be that day.

Finally, they also employed actors and actresses for the pilots and flight attendants who were at one time employed as pilots and flight attendants.

As well as the film was created, there are some things that the filmmakers and the moviegoers will never know. First, we do not know if the passengers ever made it into the cockpit of the airplane to attempt to stop the hijacking. We also do not know if the pilots were killed during the hijacking, or if they were still alive at the time that the plane went down.

Either way, this movie is a good representation of one view of what could have happened that day. We will never know what exactly happened on that plane. We will never know what the passengers did or how hard they fought, but we will be able to honor their memories long after our generation is gone.

“Hi, Mom, it’s me. I’m on the plane that’s been hijacked. I’m just calling to tell you that I love you, and goodbye. This really kind woman handed me the phone and she said to call you.”

~ Honor Elizabeth Wainio