Movie Review: Airborne (2012)


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As a snow storm closes in, one final plane takes off. The plane reports to the ground that both pilots are dead, while the slowly dwindling number of passengers on the plane wish that they’d never left the ground.

Director: Dominic Burns
Writer: Paul Chronnell
Stars: Faz Aoufi, Dixie Arnold, Gemma Atkinson, Mark Hamill
Country: UK
Budget: $1,200,000 (estimated)

Wow. How rough is Master Luke looking these days? I guess that fight with the Emperor pushed him over the edge physically. He looks like death rolled over.

The positives to this film are that it does keep you guessing and it is a very busy story. The negatives are that there were a lot of plot holes and stupid decisions by the characters. Let’s face it. Some of the things that go down are not things that would happen in real life nor are they every physically possible. If I were to nitpick at every tiny plot hole in every movie though, we would be here forever. Let’s take it at face value on a pure entertainment level.

I really like how you were wondering what people’s roles are. Who is good and who is evil? Is it human greed or something supernatural causing all of the chaos? The first act of the film leaves you guessing as to what is going on, and I have to admit that I found myself entertained by the silliness of the characters. There was a nice mix of personalities on the plane. It was a true melting pot. Let’s not even get started on why they would cross the ocean with about a dozen passengers, but like I said, I am not going to nitpick.

You were really left guessing as to what is going on, and when the shit hits the fan, it hits real hard. I was with the movie every step of the way for the simple fact that it kept me interested and I cannot say that about too many films. For all of the films that I watch in a month, I only come across a few that I am happy to say I watched. A lot of films, I cannot even stomach finishing. I cannot say that I loved this film, but I can say that I watched it intently and I am glad that I saw it. I had never even heard of it a couple of months ago, so that is always good news to know that it was okay.

The main flaw of the film to me was that, if it stayed the course with the first act of the film, it would have been much better off. It switches gears on you and it detracts from everything that they worked so hard to build up.