January 30, 2006

Emotional “Flight 93″ flies a safe course

By Barry Garron

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The sad truth is we'll
never know exactly what happened aboard United Flight 93, the
fourth airplane hijacked by terrorists on September 11.

It's clear the passengers learned about the first three
planes, then struggled with the hijackers. The aircraft
subsequently crashed in a Pennsylvania field instead of a
presumed target in Washington. But, absent a revelation from
the likes of John Edward or Allison DuBois, details of their
resistance and how the plane was brought down is anyone's

In September, "The Flight That Fought Back" on Discovery
embellished what little is known. On the other hand, "Flight
93," a David Gerber Co. production in association with Fox
Television Studios, refuses to stray far from what can be
substantiated. The decision to refrain from idle speculation is
both praiseworthy and problematic. Because most of what is
known is derived from last-minute phone calls and recorded
tower transmissions, the script from Nevin Schreiner is
overloaded with tearful people placing and receiving calls.

Despite vague and sketchy action on board, a near-absence
of character development and obvious budgetary constraints on
spending for special effects, it's really amazing how much
emotion and electricity director Peter Markle manages to
create. The cast consists mostly of unknowns, which, in this
instance, benefits the production. The actors look and sound
like any random group of passengers, making their uncommon
peril and extraordinary heroism as credible as it is

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter