DVD Review: MAYDAY

MAYDAY was directed by Massimiliano Cerchi from a screenplay by Rod Smith and stars Michael Paré, Crystal Santos, Chanel Ryan, Sadie Katz, Elise Muller,Vincent Rivera, Raj Kala, Michael Wainwright and Scott Engrotti.

What starts off as a seemingly normal flight from Los Angles to London quickly turns into a terror-filled experience as passengers mysteriously start to disappear without a trace. In this dark, edge-of-your-seat thriller, Michael Paré plays an air marshal trying to keep the peace on a red-eye flight after random passengers begin to vanish into thin air.

The story for this high-flying thriller centers round Air Marshal Adam Anderson (Michael Paré) who’s onboard what should be a routine flight from Los Angeles to London. What happens is, passengers begin to disappear into thin air and there’s no rational explanation for it at first. Hysterics set in with the remaining passengers as they slowly vanish one by one while the Air Marshal investigates the mystery.

Nobody is safe from what’s happening on this terrifying flight but the Air Marshal finally discovers the sinister threat that’s behind these strange disappearances. He has to overcome his fears and confront the evil that’s facing him and he gets a little help from his newfound faith. It’s a race against time to stop what’s happening before the few passengers that are left become the next victims.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. 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. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I didn’t really have any kind of high expectations for Mayday but this high-flying thriller ended up being kind of an entertaining watch. I thought the story was interesting because it has a twist to it that’s revealed as these passengers slowly disappear on this plane. The cast does a great job with their characters, and as a fan of Michael Paré since his Eddie and the Cruisers days, it was good to see him back in a lead role. The thing about this movie is that it slowly morphs from a mystery-type of thriller to a full blown supernatural creeper by the end. It kinda felt like I was watching a feature-length Twilight Zone episode. Mayday is a low budget production so the special effects are limited but I thought what we got looked pretty cool. I can’t go into too much about the SFX or I’ll spoil something for you. It’s the perfect time of year for a movie like Mayday to be released since Halloween is right around the corner and everybody’s looking for something new to check out and this one here ended up being a pretty cool watch. Mayday will land on DVD on September 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 76 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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