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Opening with a montage of CCTV images in an airport, 7500 is immediately unsettling as all of your fears and suspicions about airports, terrorists, and whatever your experiences with flying are come to roost.  Something is clearly going on as we watch people go through security checks.  For roughly about 3-minutes, a haunting atmosphere is created by this eerie assemblage of passengers and security checks.  We know trouble is brewing, but from where?

"It's a white-knuckled ride through some pretty thick turbulence as one man is pushed to his breaking point."

Buckle up, because the tension in 7500 is just getting started.

Amazon Studios invites you to fly the not-so friendly skies alongside director Patrick Vollrath (in his directorial feature-length film debut) and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 50/50, Batman The Dark Knight Rises) as his co-pilot.  But hold the phone, before you start fist pumping the air celebrating the fact that Gordon-Levitt is back, there are a few things you need to know about this German, Austrian, and American co-production.  

First off, this disaster film about a hijacking takes place mainly in the cockpit of a commercial airliner en route to Paris, taking off from Berlin.  Secondly, there is no score, so it relies solely on human emotion to carry all of its bumpy ups and downs and, in doing so, there is an element of realism that is created, making this film very stirring.  Third, because it is an international production, there’s a mix of English, Arabic, Turkish, and German dialogue as Levitt, starring as the plane’s soft-spoken young American co-pilot, Tobias, runs through his pre-flight checklist alongside his German pilot, Michael (Carlo Kitzlinger).

And it all works to create a real world tension that is hard to shake, as Tobias’ flight-attendant girlfriend, Gökce (Aylin Tezel), comes into the cockpit to chat about preschools for their son before preparing the passengers for takeoff.  Has the claustrophobia set in yet?  Well, just wait, because no sooner does she leave - and the plane takes off - than a group of terrorists force their way into the cockpit.

Holy Hell!  Armed with knives fashioned from broken glass, they stab Michael and slash Tobias’ arm. Amid the chaos, Tobias manages to subdue one of the hijackers and push another back into the cabin, locking the door behind him, soon Tobias finds himself negotiating with 18-year-old terrorist Vedat (Omid Memar) as passengers are threatened and an emergency landing in Hanover is plotted out. 

Heart-pounding and thought-provoking, this thriller co-stars Aylin Tezel (“Tatort,” “X Company”), Murathan Muslu (CopStories,” “Skylines”), and Paul Wollin (Dogs of Berlin,” Toro). The film is written by Vollrath and Senad Halilbasic (Of Sound Mind, Hypotopia) and is buoyed almost instantly by the cinematography of DP Sebastian Thaler (Falling, Ugly), how is up to the task of creating tension in close and cramped quarters from multiple angles. 7500

Tight and full of suspense, the movie barely lets up for the first hour.  It's a white-knuckled ride through some pretty thick turbulence as one man is pushed to his breaking point.  While the tone switches from realism to action B-movie mold toward the end as Levitt and Memar go toe-to-toe, 7500 is definitely worth purchasing a ticket to ride.

7500, which is code for an airline hijacking, takes flight on June 18 solely on Amazon Prime.

4/5 stars



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MPAA Rating: R for violence/terror and language.
92 mins
: Patrick Vollrath
Patrick Vollrath, Senad Halilbasic
Passar Hariky, Omid Memar, Hicham Sebiai
: Thriller | Drama
The distress code is only the beginning.
Memorable Movie Quote: "You're in control. But we need more fuel."
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Amazon Studios
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June 18, 2020
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Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.


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