This is my 28th of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.
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Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 20 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A group of passengers on a plane all wake up and find out that everyone else has disappeared. They must try and find out what happened in order to save themselves.
My Take on it – This is another of King’s storylines that I really loved reading but was pretty disappointed by the way it was adapted for the screen.
It’s further proof at how difficult it can be to adapt his novels properly.
The concept is actually quite amazing and innovative but the teleplay just feels so hollow and banal.
It was great seeing Patricia Wetting, Bronson Pinchot, David Morse and Dean Stockwell in this but it all comes off as just a really badly filmed TV miniseries.
The suspense is weak and the poor special effects just don’t help the cause at all.
Bottom Line – Great concept from the book that just doesn’t translate smoothly enough to the screen. The dialogue seems too cheesy despite the idea being very innovative. Very poor special effects doesn’t help this at all.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a scene, one of the characters mentions it’s impossible to go back in time, and for example stop the Kennedy assassination. This is the main topic for one of Stephen King’s more recent novels, “11.22.63” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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