Altitude – Film Reel Reviews

Like a really long Twilight Zone episode except not as exciting. – Will

A rookie pilot and her four friends find themselves at the mercy of an unseen force when they have a malfunction with their plane.

Directed by – Kaare Andrews

Written by – Paul A. Birkett

Starring – Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron, Jake Weary, Mike Dopud, Ryan Grantham, Chelah Horsdal, Ian Robison, Michelle Harrison, Teghan Gentles, Seth Ranaweera, Colin Murdock, Ian James Corlett

I caught a trailer for this a while ago and was mildly interested. I figured a giant monster couldn’t hurt but after watching it I realize that it’s just another flick marketed the wrong way. Sure there’s a monster but it’s only in there for a few minutes. The rest of the time is the five teens on a plane screaming and yelling and trying to figure out what’s going on while managing to fight with each other at the same time.

I think I would have really enjoyed this had it been a 30 minute long Twilight Zone episode. It certainly has a nice twist ending on it but the rest of the film is so much of the same thing over and over that I didn’t really care by the end. Most of the cast does a nice job as well although Jake Weary’s character is written so obnoxiously that I was hoping he would just fall out of the plane before they ever got off the ground.

Just push him out of the plane and spare us all!

The majority of the film concerns the teens in a plane that has mysteriously malfunctioned, causing them to climb higher and higher without being able to figure out how high they really are. They’re caught in a storm without any working instruments and only a half tank of gas. I guess the last thing anybody checks is how much gas a plane has before they take off. Weary plays Sal, the most obnoxious of the group who seems to care nothing for his girlfriend Mel (Julianna Guill) and even less for those around him. Jessica Lowndes is Sara, the pilot of the plane whose mother died in a plane crash when she was little and Landon Liboiron plays her slightly creepy crush Bruce. Rounding out the cast is Ryan Donowho as Sara’s cousin Cory.

They all do a fine job with their performances and manage to create plenty of tension between the group although it seems to be a bit much for people who should be friends. Maybe I’m wrong since I’ve never been faced with my death in a plummeting plane while my pals were onboard. The plot is pretty barebones with a few little surprises along the way but the ending throws a lot at you. I can think of more than a few ways it would have been more enjoyable for me but what’s there isn’t too bad.

Not everyone is landing from this flight.

The biggest problem with the movie is the lack of the mysterious creature that we spot towards the end. It would have been more interesting if the creature had played a larger part in the film and revealing part of the twist earlier on may have changed the course of the flick. I’m actually bothered by the twist because I really liked it but it just lacked some sort of punch for me.

It’s not a terrible movie and falls in the category of ‘Meh!’ which is never a good thing. I think they could have chopped 20 minutes out of the middle of the movie and I would have been more into it. Instead it seems drawn out for too long before things really get going and the tension doesn’t carry until the end. Might be worth it for the very Twilight Zone-y twist at the end but don’t blame me if you fall asleep during the in-flight movie.

Under the marquee – Will

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