DVD Review: FLIGHT 7500

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FLIGHT 7500 was directed by Takashi Shimizu from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg. The supernatural horror-thriller stars Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Jerry Ferrara, Ryan Kwanten, Scout Taylor-Compton, Christian Serratos, Johnathon Schaech, Alex Frost and Amy Smart.

The movie follows Vista Pacific flight 7500 from Los Angeles to Tokyo where the violent death of a traveling businessman occurs mid-flight that leaves the passengers and crew in shock. The flight has to continue on and things slowly begin to get a lot more terrifying. Severe weather has already set and with that comes heavy turbulence as well as some occurrences that really can’t be explained. There’s a small group of passengers that begins to investigate the death of the businessman because everything seemed to be okay before he died. Everything seems to center around this corpse but the question is, what did he unleash when he died? There appears to be some supernatural forces at work and with each passing moment the passengers and crew of Vista Pacific flight 7500 get closer to the answers they’re searching for.

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While the small group of passengers are doing all of this snooping and investigating, there’s also some mischief going on inside the airliner and this is where things start to get really eerie and some of the passengers start to come up missing. As their investigation continues, they end up opening up this small chest that belonged to the businessman and inside is a Shinigami, which is a creepy looking Japanese death doll. One of the passengers knows about the mythology of these dolls and shares the unfortunate news with the others. At first they think this is what’s actually happening but as the final moments play out, the passengers are dealt with a new twist that explains the true terror that is really going on. There are a few signs thrown in during the flight like the problems with the cabin pressure, strange visions and changes of body color but if I share any more it could possibly spoil it for you.

First of all, I’m a huge fan of The Grudge and The Ring that were also directed by Takashi Shimizu. Craig Rosenberg has delivered the screenplays for horror hits like The Quiet Ones and The Uninvited. When you put these two talents together you think you’d get an instant horror classic but unfortunately that’s not the case with Flight 7500. The story is good but it gets a little complicated and confusing at the end when it tries to outsmart the viewer with one final twist that sends everything in a completely different direction. The story does deal with relationships and key life moments so that’s one good thing going on that the characters all have to deal with in the story. All of the cast was amazing and each of their characters got their moment to contribute to what’s happening inside this airliner. Honestly, the cast is easily the best thing about the movie.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc is basic grey with no artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good.

Bottom line is, Flight 7500 ended up being a good supernatural thriller supported by a great cast. I ended up having a love-hate relationship with the movie because of the one big twist thrown in close to the end that pretty much changed everything I thought was going on. Twists are good and all but when they’re too far off the mark it’ll sometimes lose the viewer and that’s kind of what happened with me. Simply put, stay on the path and do not veer off course. One thing Takashi Shimizu does do well is tell a story without having to rely on blood and gore. Even though Flight 7500 isn’t even close to being his best effort, he definitely delivers some seriously creepy moments during this doomed flight without using the red stuff. This movie does deliver on the moody and atmospheric horror elements before it changes course at the end. The movie sat on the shelf collecting dust for a few years but it will finally arrive on DVD on April 12th and even though it has some flaws, Flight 7500 still worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 79 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1) Region 1

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The DVD includes a look behind-the-scenes at the making of the film and features some interviews with some of the cast and crew.

  • “Inside Flight 7500” Featurette (04:39)
  • Digital Copy
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