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Having just finished watching this movie, I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Maybe that's the problem, in that I'm not sure if the filmmakers knew what kind of movie they wanted to make. The basic premise reminds me a lot of the movie "Frozen. Take a group of people, trap them in an all too believable predicatment, and see what they do to survive. In this case, a group of young people trapped on a small plane that is malfunctioning, and can't find a safe way to return to the ground. Here is where we run into the first big problem with the movie...the characters. None of them is very well rounded, or particularly interesting. Their almost like rough sketches that were never fleshed out. We're never sure who these people are. Except for Jake Weary, who's character is so over the top annoying, that his presence on the screen actually started to make me ill. The second problem is that the movie takes an incredibly bizarre turn into the realm of the supernatural, as the plane is inexplicably attacked in mid air by a creature resembling a giant octopus. Why the movie veered down this path is beyond me. It could've benefitted from staying with the original premise of simply trying to land the plane, because those dilemmas are far more interesting than Twilight Zone-ish spin they put on it. However there is still a good amount to like here. The movie is VERY claustrophobic, and will probably give a lot of people pause about flying private planes. There's a couple of decent (if unbelievable) action set pieces. The visual effects are surprisingly good for a video release. Jessica Lowndes and Julianna Guill are extraordinarly easy on the eyes, and make the proceedings easier to stay interested in. And while the supernatural left turn was unecessary, it does wrap things up in a somewhat satisfying way, and doesn't leave the audience feeling totally cheated. So all in all, it's an interesting little movie that is never boring, but also never reaches the levels that it strives to. If you're a fan of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, you may have a higher appreciation of this than I do. But as it stands, I'll recommend it as a no so bad way to kill 90 minutes.
- moviefan1725, Sunday, October 31, 2010
"Altitude" has a simple premise and claustrophobic plot that keeps you engaging and on the edge of the seat most of time BUT what was flying high in pacing and thrills in the first hour loses its ALTITUDE in the third act with the lame resolution of the story, aside, the anticlimactic ending. It could have been a good thrilling/supernatural experience till the last 30 minutes which ruin the whole movie. Ttake off good; land bad. Not a pleasant FLIGHT!
- John2223, Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The monster although brings up notions of fear and builds onto a "stange tales" genre, imho is expendable and the film could have benefited in overall story with a re-write of the script exluding the fantasy and adding more reality. Overall they pushed the movie out of the norm, and for critics, industry and the cast this could be good, but for average punters, this film will probably lack sales and get a small cult audience. Modern B movie. Quite fun, a little bit progressive too.
- rezpatriot, Saturday, March 19, 2011