Plane Review: A Plain Thriller With a Crash Landing

Gerard Butler’s career as an action hero continues. Since his iconic Spartan role in 300has his filmography seen the (mild) heights of Olympus has fallen and Cop shop and the (extreme) lows of Geostorm and Last seen alive. However, January 2023 has started with a new action thriller from the Scottish actor: Airplane. He teams up with director Jean-François Richet for a film that never quite departs from its basic premise, offering a dull, generic cinematic experience you won’t remember an hour after boarding.

The opening act moves the pieces into place for everything you would expect from a movie with this premise. Brodie Torrance (Butler) is a pilot flying an airliner to Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. One of the passengers is Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter), a convicted murderer extradited to Tokyo. The script establishes some characterization of Brodie’s co-pilot and the passengers on the plane, while also revealing that Brodie’s wife died years earlier and he is going home to see his daughter. The family effort is typical for an action film, and unfortunately for Airplanethe script never raises those stakes to great heights after getting you on board.

After sustaining critical damage in a thunderstorm, the plane makes an emergency landing in Jolo, a remote island in the Philippines. From there, the film becomes a bargain bucket interpretation Die hard on an island. An anti-government militia holds the passengers hostage for ransom, and Brodie must team up with Louis to rescue them. While the idea of ​​a group of people stranded on an island filled with villains has been done before, movies like The menu show how this simple idea can take new forms.

However, Airplane offers nothing new, leaving you with a one-off VOD-worthy script that fails to impress. The film provides a few moments of suspense and craftsmanship, such as the first fight scene in the film between Brodie and a mercenary. The fight is filmed all in one handheld take, and the lack of flashy choreography makes the fight feel gritty and grounded in reality. However, the rest of the film never takes it up a notch, giving you bland action sequences and kills that lack creativity or brutality. Violent night was made with less than half the budget on it Airplaneand that movie featured bloodier, more entertaining kills and fights than anything this movie had.

Also, the film’s pacing hampers its characterization. Much of the film takes place in real time, meaning that the conflicts are created and resolved almost instantly. As a result, the film never capitalizes on the chemistry between Brodie and Louis. A pilot teaming up with a prisoner is a relationship that could have been fraught with tension, but the film never draws any conflict or friendship between them. Throughout the film, they feel like colleagues rather than two opposing forces that need each other to survive. Their relationship is boring, and the fact that they are both one-dimensional characters on their own makes this problem even worse.

Not only are the heroes uninteresting, but so are the villains. Unfortunately, this film does not offer compelling, memorable antagonists with a comprehensible goal; instead, we have a conveyor belt of evil people doing evil things, and no one stands out above the rest. When you have a lifeless set of heroes and villains, the grand finale ends up being about as exciting as a group of miniature plastic action figures pointing guns at each other. Additionally, the film never does anything interesting with Louis, the prisoner who decides to help the passengers. Instead of exploring his morality, questioning his choices, and delving into his complex backstory, the film reduces him to a “guy with a gun.” As a result, Airplane is a by-numbers thriller that, like the plane, has a strong takeoff and a disastrous crash landing.

SCORE: 4/10

Like ComingSoon’s audit policy explains, a score of 4 corresponds to “Bad”. The negatives outweigh the positives, making it a struggle to get through.

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