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Sunday, May 14, 2006

A masterpiece

I avoided seeing United 93 for a few weeks, despite rave reviews, because I didn't know if I wanted to put myself through it. I saw it this afternoon, and it is extraordinary. And, yes, hard to take....I was very shaken by the end. You forget you're watching actors....it has none of the fake dramatization that mars so many movies 'based on actual events.' [The main drawback to this is that none of the characters are very clearly defined as individuals.] The director showed what he could do with pulp material two years ago in The Bourne Supremacy, a masterfully crafted entertainment. This couldn't be more different, except that it is equally brilliant. Even though you know of course what's coming, it's breathtaking to watch it unfold.


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