As you can see from the poster for this movie, it was supposed to come out in the summer of 2012. Apparently it’s been pushed back time and time again, and the way the movie feels while you watch it, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to find it had been completed, at least in writing, back in 2005 or 2006. We will cover that a bit later. First off, here’s the plot :
Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.
First off, horror movies on planes do have the tendency to be a bit extra-frightening. At least in theory, as I can’t really think of one that genuinely frightened me and took place on a plane… though I did have a minor heart attack during the first snake-attacks in Snakes On A Plane, but that’s another story all together. However, if you think about it, planes are frightening. You are 30,000 feet above the ground, in a tube, and everything is pretty out of your control. Odds are you don’t know how to fly a plane as a passenger. So, really it’s the perfect place to tell a ghost story, or a scary story in general.
So, if you haven’t gathered already, I really didn’t like this movie. I wanted to, and there was a certain level of potential in it, but for one reason or another it became a movie that felt like a 2006 American remake of a Japanese film. So, lets talk about that.
This movie was directed by Takashi Shimizu, the man behind the remake and original versions of The Grudge, and he has maintained a very similar style that you see in both of those movies. The writer, Craig Rosenberg, was also the man who penned The Quiet Ones and another Japanese movie remake called The Uninvited. For whatever reason, between the two of them, they put together a movie that shoe-horns in some Japanese mythology, and ends in a VERY early/mid 2000’s plot twist. Which again comes off forced, and silly.
We also have the cast, which includes Amy Smart (Crank), Leslie Bibb (Iron Man), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), and Jerry Ferrara (Entourage), and makes up a plane-full of stock characters. From the unnecessarily morbid Goth stereotype, to the “I’m an obnoxious new-bridge” and the “I want to fight the man” guy, all of whom feel very flat and two dimensional.
We also have one of the reddest herrings ever in the form of a guy who is heard on the phone saying “GOUGE OUT HER BLUE EYES” for no real reason, and who also presents the totally unnecessary “death doll” and introduces the whole concept that the movie is framed around for no reason. The movie does have a twist that I’m going to spoil below to make my point, so just be aware of that.
In the end of the movie, we find out that the remaining characters had actually died when the cabin depressurized and they were stuck in this limbo-plane until they were able to let go of the things that were keeping them there. This actually might have been an interesting concept had it not been presented in the form of a plot twist, and had been what the movie was about on the surface.
The twist, and some strangely dated scares and effects, including the liberal use of a fog machine, really just made the movie feel about 7 years older than it is, and just didn’t offer much. It’s definitely one of the weaker movies that could have really worked out if… everything had been different.
So, skip it.
Final Grade : C-