Mineshaft Gap

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United 93 (Greengrass, 2006)

United 93 is an amazing film, one that totally surprised me as well as shaking and saddening me. Greengrass rises to the top of the filmmaking game here, creating a story that feels so true and powerful that one cannot look away no matter how awful the images feel.

It is a film that manages to stir feelings of patriotism in me, without succombing to Bushisms.

Most importantly, and in a scene that I feel will be misunderstood, I feel that the film condems religion. There is a scene in which both the terrorists and passengers are praying. It underlines the ways in which something like religion, theoretically designed for the good of mankind, does nothing more than seperate us.

With the performances Greengrass gets from both his actors and those playing themselves, combined with such visercal visuals, Greengrass has fashioned a remarkable and moving film.

Current 2006 Top Ten:
1. United 93
2. A Prairie Home Companion
3. Dave Chapelle's Block Party
4. Hard Candy
5. V for Vendetta
6. Thank You For Smoking
7. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
8. Slither
9. American Dreamz
10. Silent Hill

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