Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Film Review: Flight 7500 (2012)

Flight 7500 (Review)
United States/2012
Format Viewed For Review: VUDU Rental
Netflix Instant: No
Amazon Prime: No

"It falls short quite often, but I was engaged from beginning to end."

When a man dies on Flight 7500 en route to Tokyo, the other passengers encounter a supernatural force in the cabin...

Flight 7500 is a very simple film. The movie has a fairly large set of characters, which I won't bother to name. These characters conveniently have severe relationship issues – all of them are dysfunctional for different reasons, which felt a bit unnatural. Anyway, an enigmatic man flying by his lonesome dies on the plane. The pilots decide not to make an emergency landing and instead opt to store the deceased in first-class – of course, they had to move first-class to economy first. So, the group hit a bit of turbulence, suffer from oxygen loss, then everything goes back to normal – except it really doesn't. People start vanishing, apparitions appear, and a group of passengers try to unravel the mystery. The plot really isn't rich with detail or character. It all leads to a decent but predictable ending. (The last minute or so was very weak, though.)

I wouldn't say Flight 7500 was a bad film. The characters are distinct, but they're not exactly effective or interesting. The story was okay, but it led us to the same old territory. There are some interesting ideas here, like the implementation of the shinigami, but it never fully embraces them. Despite its shortcomings, I can't say I wasn't entertained. It was only an 80-minute film and it was paced well-enough. The horror was mostly reliant on jump-scares, but there were a few decent visuals. The setting was immersive, too. I say this quite often in my horror movie reviews and I have to say it again: it feels great to get out of the haunted house environment. And, even though the ending was predictable, I sort of liked the surreal Twilight Zone-vibe to all of it.

The acting wasn't half-bad, either. Ryan Kwanten was good as the lead. Jamie Chung also felt natural. The performances weren't stellar, but they got the job done. The film looked okay and the music blended with the film. The poor visuals effects were obvious from the beginning, though. The first shot of the plane was painfully obvious. Fortunately, it doesn't rely too heavily on computer effects. The film is written by David Tattersall and directed by Takashi Shimizu. The writing could have used better characters and a more original story, but it wasn't horrible or even bad. I attribute the solid pacing to the conservative writing. Takashi Shimizu delivers a competent film, but I was disappointed by the end. Shimizu is responsible for the great Ju-on films and even the decent remake, but this movie is devoid of his signature visuals. It just didn't feel like he gave it his all.

Overall, Flight 7500 is a decent horror movie. The story has its moments, there are a few creepy scenes, the setting is solid, and the acting was good. It falls short quite often, but I was engaged from beginning to end. It's not a film I'd pay to watch, but, if it ends up on Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu/etc., then I can recommend a stream.

Score: 5/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood.

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