By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Two movies that made me reconsider my travel plans were Wes Craven’s 2005 action thriller “Red Eye” and Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop.”
Now, along comes “7500”
from director Patrick Vollrath
to rattle my nerves all over again. The movie’s title is based on the actual emergency code (7500) for an airplane hijacking.
This movie is insanely intense.
(Upcoming, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”)-- who in my humble opinion is one of the most underrated actors working in Hollywood--delivers his finest performance yet. Levitt plays an American co-pilot named Tobias Ellis and he lives and works in Germany.
His girlfriend Gokce (Aylin Tezel, TV’s “Deep Water”) is a flight attendant and they try to keep their relationship under wraps when they work together.
It’s not always easy to do because they’re so giddy about buying a house and welcoming their first child.
Well, they’re preparing for a routine flight from Berlin to Paris. At least that’s what they think it will be. The captain Michael Lutzmann (Carlo Kitzlinger, “Berlin I Love You”) is going over all the pre-flight procedures and everything is fine until they’re told to wait for a couple of late arrivals.
Always watch out for those late arrivals.
They finely make it on, and within minutes after the plan takes off, one of them rushes the cockpit brandishing a makeshift knife and stabs the captain to death leaving Tobias pleading for his life. He’s trying to take control of the plane and calm the passengers too as they are being threatened by the other hijacker.
Tobias’ emotions turn from fear to anger and outright heroism as he demands the passengers attack the terrorists since they don’t have guns. When they do just that, “7500” becomes a real nail-biter and not nearly as predictable as you might expect.
“7500” is one wild ride. What I enjoyed most about the movie is much of the relentless action takes place in the cramped cockpit and it truly adds to the excitement as the terror unfolds. "7500"
is available on Amazon Prime.
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Watch This Trailer For "7500"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.