Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a pilot flying from Berlin to Paris when suddenly his cabin is overrun with hijackers. His co-pilot, Michael (Carlo Kitzlinger) is killed and as he's locked in the cockpit trying to land the plane safely, the hijackers continue to torment everyone on board. One of them, Vedat (Omid Memar) seems to be second guessing himself.
I have been staaaaaaaaaaaarved for Joseph Gordon-Levitt content. He hasn't had a film come out since 2016's Snowden. Normally a hijacking story wouldn't interest me at all, but the things we do for the actors we love...
Actually, this film wasn't bad. It was a great showcase for both JGL and newcomer Omid Memar's acting. They are both incredible and give wonderful performances. Being a semi-aviation geek myself, I enjoyed the amount of time we got to spend with the pilots as they do their jobs. Some might find the beginning of the film tedious but I loved watching them go through all their steps. The entire film essentially takes place in the cockpit and they paid attention to detail.
My biggest complaint was that that the backstory behind the hijackers was lazy. I would've preferred them to go in a different and less typical direction.
This isn't an action movie, and it's definitely not as intense as say the first 10 minutes of Flight for instance. It's more of a study on how people would react to a situation like this. The decisions Tobias makes as a pilot, and the ones Vedat makes as a terrorist, and how they come crashing together. The film stays afloat because of that.
Memorable Quote: "His mother was half Turkish." - Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)