- RatedPG13 /GenreHorror, Mystery, Thriller
No matter how often we travel, the fear of being at the mercy of a machine in the sky will surface now and then, and for some people, it can be a paralysing fear.
And as if to traumatise people further or to capitalise on this fear, moviemakers just keep introducing more frightening ideas and dangers that we may encounter on our flights.
‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ put forth the idea of supernatural elements plagueing flight passengers more than three decades ago, when a younger John Lithgow descended into madness upon seeing a gremlin on the wing of a plane mid-flight.
Beyond that, ghouls on airplanes remains fairly unexplored territory.
That is why this spooks-in-the-sky concept makes ‘7500’ so intriguing initially, what with famed Japanese director Takashi Shimizu (‘Ju-on’, ‘The Grudge’) in control of the cockpit.
The plot: Departing from Los Angeles International Airport for Tokyo, flight 7500 experiences terrible turbulence midway through its journey.
The panic causes a creepy passenger named Lance (Rick Kelly) to complain of chest pains. Medical help is administered by fellow passengers Brad (Ryan Kwanten from US TV drama series ‘True Blood’) who is a paramedic, and Rick (Jerry Ferrara from US TV series ‘Entourage’) who knows CPR.
However, these efforts came to nought and Lance dies. Then the real creepiness sets in. A supernatural entity is unleashed aboard, and it all appears to be coming from Lance’s carry-on baggage, where a mysterious wooden box lies.
Amid the rocky turbulence and ghostly occurrences, the audience learns about the personal and relationship problems of various passengers.
PROBLEMS AMONG HUMANS
Their issues may appear petty, but that doesn’t make them purposeless. The movie uses these everyday pickles to endear the passengers to the audience, making us feel like it could be any one of us on that flight.
And that is a good thing since it helps compensate for the dearth of genuine scares in the show.
Shimuzu may have played with sound design and jump-cuts, but this movie can hardly be described as scary.
‘7500’ is more like a thriller, which is perfectly fine, because the scripted mystery and tension successful and its twist ending legitimately blindsides you — and it must be said that it is rare to be surprised while watching movies of this ilk.
The story is elegant and its climax is poignant, but ‘7500’ seems more suited as a television episode of ‘Tales from the Crypt’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ than as a cinematic outing.
‘7500’ opens in cinemas 31 July 2014
Formerly the Music Editor of JUICE Magazine, Hidzir Junaini is now a writing ronin by day and vampire slayer by night. Subsisting only on coffee and naivety, the 27-year-old scribe aspires to finally complete his long-gestating novel to lukewarm reviews some time in the near future. Until then, he can be found writing about film, music, nightlife and television with the kind misplaced confidence found in most Mass Comm graduates.