“Airline Disaster” is a good action film with a decent amount of twists and turns that keeps your interest throughout. It was also nice to see Joseph Franklin (Scott Valentine) and President Harriet Franklin (Meredith Baxter) reunited since Family Ties went off the air. I did enjoy Meredith as a president too, I’d vote for her, she’s all business but still is a caring sweet mom. A good double feature would be “Airline Disaster” and “100 Million BC” to include Mr. Keaton. Enough of my eighties flashback and onto the movie.
Right off the bat we’re introduced to the new technically advanced plane, the family of the pilot is taken hostage and there’s an exciting police chase. The hijackers and kidnappers did their research which makes the hijacking more believable.
There is a lot going on in the film, but it’s easy to follow. There’s a conflict between the hijackers and pilots, the hijackers and the White House, the White House and the plane’s computer, the pilot and the computer, the hijackers trying to maintain control of the passengers including a Secret Service Agent and the kidnappers struggling to keep the family from escaping. Whew!
It gets wild when the hijackers become violently impatient and the plane appears to be overridden by the governments Kitty Hawk program. However, Kitty Hawk is not responding due to a control panel fire which leads to some awesome maneuvering by the pilots through buildings to avoid crashing. Adding to the drama, the President has to make an unbearable decision.
One thing I loved about the film was the pointless and brutal kills that I didn’t expect. A few times I thought he or she would be forced to help the hijackers and whoops, nope, not after that bullet just went into their head.
- Air Controller “Coastal eighty five what’s your emergency” Hijacker “He has a gun pointed at his face”.
- The kidnappers are nodding and smiling at the news reporting the hijacking. It’s a split second but they looked like stoners watching a Jack in the Box commercial.
- I hope the real air marshals have a better shot!
- “Missiles going rogue”
- Pay close attention and you’ll see the writing team of Victoria Dadi and Paul Sinor http://wp.me/p2eH5w-3X make a quick appearance.
- Finally I’m glad to see Nick from Family Ties is going grey like me. Gees! What did the 80’s do to us?