By Catholic News Service
Director Patrick Vollrath, who co-wrote the screenplay with Senad Halilbasic, has come up with the original notion of telling the story of this hijacking thriller exclusively from the viewpoint of the captured vessel’s co-pilot (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Confined within the cramped cockpit, he has only occasional glimpses of cabin violence via a small monitor and must weigh his professionalism and training against the need to preserve lives of the passengers and crew, including his flight-attendant girlfriend (Aylin Tezel), with whom he has a 2-year-old son.
The drama is effective in showing how one man’s series of decisions can affect the lives of others. But Islamist terrorists are such predictable villains that the plot gets drained of suspense after a while.
Some physical violence, frequent rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.