Movie Review: ALTITUDE
Being laid up with the Flu, under quarantine and with nothing else to do, and too sick to even sleep, all there was left to me was to watch movies. Credit Chiller, which is currently functioning again (go figure), with me watching ALTITUDE. It got a rotten audience score, so I was pleasantly surprised when I ended up enjoying it. It isn’t perfect. The scenes where the characters are in the cockpit of the airplane and the weather is supposed to be nice out, it’s painfully obvious they are positioned in front of a white screen. It looks completely phony and took me right out of the movie. Once things started going all flooey and they became surrounded by storm clouds, the realism of the FX improved greatly.
The acting is surprisingly good–probably the best performance is given by the character you will most despise–and the story is interesting, if a little “out there.” My big complaint, though, was with the physics of the whole thing. That old adage about how we’ll believe the impossible but not the implausible? Yeah, that. I’m not an expert, so I can’t say for certain, but I’m fairly confident they wouldn’t be able to open the door while in flight and not all be sucked out by the vacuum–or whether they’d even be able to open the door at all. The part about there being a giant monster flying around outside the plane, chasing them, I had no problem with.