This film is one of those where I had completely unaware about it’s existence which considering that I was quite well informed about anything films related, implies that it was either a direct to video or a complete and utter crap that popular movie blogs such as Cinematical or slashfilm doesn’t even bothered to make a glancing report of it. This film is one of the former. However, this film is also belongs to a rare case when I found that such film turns out to be very watchable. Decent even. Sure, the script could benefits from more rewrites, and the film’s conclusion would test many of its viewers’ logical patience but, it was surprisingly well acted, with a well-done CGIs, and a passable thrilling situation that in overall, exceeds my initial expectation.
The film opens with a plane crash and most of the films would take place within the small confines of a twin-engine plane. Sara (Jessica Lowndes) is a rookie pilot with a childhood history. She lied to her overprotective father, an Air Force officer colonel about going to a concert in a car with her friends and instead rented a twin-engine plane to go there. Her friends includes her maybe-a-boyfriend-maybe-not Bruce (Landon Liboiron) who had an acute fear of flying, a steamy couple Mel (Julianne Guill) and Sal (Jake Weary), and Sara’s niece, Cory (Ryan Donowho). But of course, as soon as they were up, they were immediately plunged into a bad and worse situation.
This film easily fell into teen-ridden horror flick with thankfully, a zero gore factor although semantically, it is actually more thrilling than horrifying. The casts were unremarkable. In fact, when I read the poster (I mean Ryan Donowho, really? Ryan Don’t-Know-Who? That’s a joke, right?), I was almost certain that this film would be one of those B-horror flick in league with “Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus” which probably intended as a deliberate stoic joke on the filmmaker’s part at our expense. You get into “Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus,” you don’t expect to wowed by the film’s aesthetic aspects. In fact, had I not in an utter boredom and there’d be another options at the theater, I wouldn’t gave this film a second glance.
As it turns out, the characters were easy to root for. By the exception of Sara, whom I think the writers had (deliberately) made as a very annoying and not to mention, an incompetent and whiny pilot, the rest of the casts carry their respective weights with a respectable attitude. Nobody is going to address them as a “wow” or anything on the acting department, but at least they don’t scream for an immediate disposal by whatever horror this film has to offer and that says much. The CGI was timid and minimal but given the obvious small budgets that this film has, they were pretty good and more importantly, achieved the desired results. This is by far, in contrast with the CGIs from arguably more ambitious “Skyline,” but crumbled spectacularly because it tries to do more than it was necessary.
Finally, the gaping problem with this film was perhaps in how it wraps out it’s conclusion. Interesting, actually, but it was merely treading lightly on the surface, and as the results, would gave less forgiving viewers a sense that it was merely an unfunny joke which in turns would disintegrate the surprisingly solid foundation that this film had build upon its decidedly insignificant resources. Believe me when I say this, but if you’re a regular reader of this blog and more or less had found a common ground with most of what I had written in my past reviews, you’ll be disappointed with the conclusion.
My rating: **1/2 / **** – For one that I had initially thought as one of the ridiculous B-horror film, this one is surprisingly good. Decent casts, decent CGI, a decidedly minimal set of confinement for a horror situation, which is good, but ultimately would left many disappointed with its choice of conclusion. However, it is exceeding my expectation. By far.