Blu-ray Review: ALTITUDE (2017)

ALTITUDE was directed by Alex Merkin and stars Denise Richards, Kirk Barker, Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, Jordi Vilasuso, Jonathan Lipnicki and Dolph Lundgren.

Buckle up for high-stakes action and depart on flight 709 with star Denise Richards as she embarks on a thrilling ride fighting action veteran Dolph Lundgren and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. A headstrong FBI agent (Denise Richards) is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. When she finds out that his ex-partners (Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, and Dolph Lundgren) are leading the deadly operation, she must choose sides and do whatever it takes to keep the plane from going down.

The movie follows FBI agent Gretchen Blair who is dismissed from her exciting field job so she packs up and is flying out for a boring new asignment in Washington D.C. What happens is, her plane gets hijacked and she’s offered millions to help Terry (Kirk Barker), a likable thief, if she can get him off the plane alive because his former partners are also onboard and they’re after him. So yes, Gretchen and Terry hit it off and they’re now on the run – on the plane. The team of thieves are led by Matthew Sharpe (Dolph Lundgren) who takes control of the plane and Sadie (Greer Grammer) who handles the violent part of the job. Gretchen ends up helping Terry elude his ex-partners where they play a game of cat and mouse while she comes up with a plan to try and stop them.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The Blu-ray disc also features it own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I went into Altitude not knowing much about it except for the cast and what the trailer had teased and that’s about it. What I got was a really boring action-thriller and a cast who looked like they just showed up for the pay check. Well, Greer Grammer showed up and kind of stole the show with her “mean girl” performance but it wasn’t enough to salvage this high-flying wreckage. Dolph Lundgren is already known for his bad B-movies so this one can simply be added to his list of bombs. Mr. Lundgren, I’m a fan but you’ve made some really bad movies over the years. The bad thing is, the concept was interesting enough (even though it wasn’t original) so I guess the blame has to fall on the director and editing because it did have potential. I know the cast is enough to grab your attention but this one does come with a warning sign. Altutude crash lands on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on June 20th but watch out because this one isn’t a fun ride at all.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Trailer (01:42)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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