I had never even heard of this movie when my fiancé suggested watching it. I knew nothing about the plot, to the extent that I actually thought Wesley Snipes was hijacking a plane in an early scene before it was revealed that he was training flight attendants. The main villain, a creepy English guy, frequently hijacks planes so when he is captured by the FBI of course they decide to transport him on a regular passenger plane filled with civilians who he can take as hostages when it all predictably goes wrong; however, Wesley Snipes also happens to be on board and he specialises in aeroplane security.
The fight scenes were fun too, with Wesley Snipes showing off some of his martial arts moves. My favourite death scene was when one of the terrorists gets shot on airport stairs and gets a few seconds to slump and roll dramatically down the steps, but an honourable mention goes to the guy who got kicked off a fairground ride and did a very unconvincing ‘AAAAAAAAAAHH’ as he plummeted towards the ground.
This must have been an early role for Elizabeth Hurley, as it was a few years before she became known for wearing a revealing dress to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. I predicted that she would turn out to be in cahoots with the main villain, since they both had English accents, and why would an English flight attendant be working on an internal US flight anyway?
I found the soundtrack weirdly distracting though – much of the music was some sort of easy listening jazz that really didn’t blend into the background at all, it sounded like something from a low-budget 90s sitcom.
Anyway, I enjoyed this very silly film overall; even though the plot doesn’t make much sense if you actually think about it (whose idea was it to get the main characters off the plane and into a fairground?), I still found it to be fun to watch.
Wesley snipes just spent over an hour killing terrorists on a plane, leaving over 100 passengers with PTSD. They watched their fellow citizens die. When he finally pushes the main villain out of an airplane door while it is in the air, he goes back to the cockpit to sit down for a bit. As he is on the phone with ground control, they ask “What’s your status?”
Snipes replies: “Single”
As he leaves the cockpit afterwards, the entire audience of passengers is standing up (with the airplane door open and papers flying everywhere) chanting “hoo hoo hoo hoo”
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