Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A pilot locked in the cockpit must try and deal with terrorists trying to overtake the plane.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before accidentally coming across it yesterday.
The fact that it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the selling point for me and I was quite curious to see what this was all about.
Unfortunately, despite having a very intriguing premise, this film fails on far too many levels to be effective.
The premise is quite clever yet no matter how hard they try, it just doesn’t work.
Gordon-Levitt is a great actor, but his character isn’t given enough to do for him to show his talent.
The film’s minimalist attitude usually serves these kind of movies well, but in this case it actually detracts because not enough happens along the way for us to care more about everything that happens.
The story is shot well and the claustrophobic feel works to the story’s advantage.
Unfortunately tho, there are other aspects of the story which aren’t detailed enough and tings then come across far too coherently which in turn detracts from the impact that a plot like this should have which is a shame.
Bottom Line – Great premise that just doesn’t work here no matter how hard they try. Gordon-Levitt is a very talented actor, but he isn’t given enough to do here to help make things more productive. The story is shot well but the minimalist attitude of the plot and characters actually detracts from things since we aren’t given enough of a reason to truly care about anything that happens. Other aspects of the story aren’t explained coherently enough and that also detracts from any kind of impact that this kind of story should have. Pity…
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s title alludes to squawk code 7500. In the event of a hijacking, the pilot inputs (“squawks”) the code into the transponder, an onboard electronic device used to identify the aircraft on air traffic control (ATC) radar monitoring systems. Squawk code 7500 silently alerts ATC of the situation without the hijacker’s knowledge. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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