(out of 5)
Kurt Russell is a sturdy lead in this directorial debut by film editor Stuart Baird, about a commercial jumbo jet that is taken hostage by terrorists and needs the help from the army to land safely and without anybody getting hurt. Russell, an expert on foreign terrorists, heads up the operation that also includes army commander Steven Seagal and John Leguizamo as one of his grunts. Halle Berry is memorable as a sensitive flight attendant who gets a few juicy scenes of her own, and even Marla Maples (Trump) has a good time playing a damsel in distress. It’s not as brain-free as it might seem, nor as terrifying as it hopes to be, but it is enjoyable and incredibly distracting for a solid couple of hours.
Directed by Stuart Baird
Cinematography by Alex Thomson
Produced by Joel Silver, Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Production Design by Terence Marsh
Costume Design by Louise Frogley