Movie Review – Flight 7500 (2016)

Flight 7500
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: April 12, 2016


FLIGHT 7500 is one of those films you either love or hate, and judging from the ratings on IMDB, many people are not very fond of this one. I am surprised, too, because I found this film gripping and intense. Director Takashi Shimizu, best known for THE GRUDGE, SHOCK LABYRINTH 3D, and TORMENTED, skillfully blends together a supernatural mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. If you can look past the critics on this one and give it a shot, I think you’ll be in for a fun surprise.

If you are not familiar with FLIGHT 7500, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

From the director of The Grudge comes this spine-chilling journey into fear. On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, a plane is shaken by severe weather. When the turbulence subsides, a passenger suddenly dies—and a supernatural force is unleashed, overtaking the passengers as they desperately fight to figure out what it is and how to stop it.

I confess I didn’t see the end coming, so it caught me off guard when the big reveal was unleashed. I love when a movie can surprise me, which doesn’t happen very often these days.

The film boasts a great cast, with Ryan Kwanten from TRUE BLOOD fame headlining. He is joined by some great talent, which includes Leslie Bibb, Amy Smart, and Jamie Chung. I’ve seen these folks in previous titles, and I have enjoyed just about everything they have done.

There are not many special effects in FLIGHT 7500, but those we do get to see are pretty decent. My sole complaint would have to be the airplane itself. A couple of the exterior shots make it blatantly clear that it is a CG plane. Otherwise, things look good.

The story and the mystery within it are the biggest winners here. Granted, some viewers will probably not like the twist, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess if I were forced to find a flaw with it, I would have to admit a couple of minor subplots are not explained. These are small issues, however, and they do not hinder the film otherwise.

FLIGHT 7500 is a win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. The film is available now.


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