Turbulence 1997 R CC

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After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a stewardess must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.

Starring:
Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Good movie for the action.
Christina Zawilski
First of all, this movie is not as bad as many people said and not as dumb as you would appreciate from the storyline (which I'm sure you know).
Marcell Orosz
No one left to fly the plane!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JAVG on April 1, 2000
Format: DVD
Admittedly TURBULENCE suffers from a woeful lack of originality, which caused it to be a flop as a big Christmas theatrical release. But it does have an atmosphere that is, at times, effectively creepy. For example: the dead bodies sliding around the 747's cabin in the storm provide truly chilling visuals. This could be an old ghost ship at sea, its crew dead, the auto-pilot replacing the rope tied to the wheel to keep the bow pointed into the wind.
I don't know why the reviewers here have slammed the acting and effects. The performances are NOT wooden and the special effects ARE well done. Ray Liotta is gleefully maniacal and Lauren Holly is likeable and attractive. The climax at LAX is suspenseful.
I think one reason many people don't enjoy this movie is because of unmet expectations based on genre. People go in expecting something along the lines of AIRFORCE ONE, yet TURBULENCE is 75% psychological drama and 25% action-special-effects thriller. I personally enjoyed the cat and mouse games between the Liotta and Holly characters, but understand how others might find their conversations makes the film seem "talky."
It's certainly not a great film, but it's not THAT bad!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 10, 2004
Format: DVD
TURBULENCE, directed by Robert Butler, is one of those escapist movies where you can't focus too much on the plot or the pure stupidity of the writers. Here's some thoughts:
THE SCRIPT: Does well, even though it's not hard to see from the beginning that Liotta's character is as evil as Elizondo's says he is---big problem, though: the writer has Lauren Holly doing some really stupid things, like leaving the cockpit, engaging in a conversation with her would-be killer, and frequently disregarding the people who are trying to land the plane! SCORE: 2
THE CAST: Ray Liotta goes over the top, but he's such a commanding actor that it works beautifully; Lauren Holly does well considering what the script does to her character; Rachel Ticoctin is warm and fuzzy as one of the flight navigators; Catherine Hicks (Child's Play) does a good job and doesn't deserve what happens to her, either; and Brendan Gleeson(28 Days Later) is vile as the prisoner who starts the whole mess. SCORE: 4
TECHNICALLY: Special fx are not overwhelming, but good; the scene where the plane crashes into the karaoke bar is stunning; the direction is fast-paced, but he should have strangled the writer; good sound editing. SCORE: 4
SUMMARY: Entertaining "Hollywood" movie; not as bad as some others felt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bolts on October 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
you've all seen movies where the bad guys seize the plane and reck havoc like in Con Air, Air Force One, Executive Decision and so forth. Liotta is dynamite in a tour-de-force performance as he kills off everyone on the plan except a few and Lauren Holly who has trouble dealing with the fact that a psycho is trying to kill her and she doesnt know how to land the damn plane. intense, violent and that is good enough for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on January 11, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
In this movie Ray Liotta plays a psycho serial killer who is being transported cross country by four federal marshalls. He
escapes,in the process killing the four marshalls as well as every passenger on the plane. A flight attendent is the only person left alive on the plane. She is pursued by the psycho serial killer.She finally makes a link with a pilot on the ground
who talks her into sucessfully landing the big jet. She lands after several interruptions from the psycho serial killer.The
serial killer provides a great deal of excitement and action during the movie.The scary action makes the movie worth sitting
through and watching. An entertaining movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcell Orosz on July 27, 2002
Format: DVD
First of all, this movie is not as bad as many people said and not as dumb as you would appreciate from the storyline (which I'm sure you know). I saw it for the first time yesterday on TV and that's what it's good for - Friday night chill-out, when you don't want to think of anything, just sit before the TV, nearly falling asleep and concentrating on something that doesn't make you wonder what's going to happen next.
There's only one point where the movie fails. After watching it I wondered that it could have been done much better with this cast. We all know Ray Liotta and he's the perfect psycho - though this time a bit overplayed - anyway not annoyingly. Lauren Holly is cute and from the shy stewardess she becomes the 'captain' and an Amazon - she made her part absolutely believable. The rest is OK, too.
This movie could have been a perfect shocker - two people on a plane in a turbulence (a killer and a possible victim) - and only one can survive or both die. The director didn't take advantage of the claustrophobic setting and thrilled the audience only with the usual clichés - which are absolutely boring as we all know them. Would he have had a little fantasy, with this cast he could have directed a much better movie.
Anyway, it's not that bad and for a lazy Friday evening this is a good movie, if you don't expect too much and switch off the IQ switch in your brain - that's what Fridays are for :)).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christian Pelchat on January 17, 2002
Format: DVD
When a Psychopath Murderer and Rapist (Ray Liotta in a Over the Top Performance) abord in a airplane with U.S. Marshalls to fly from New York to Los Angeles to be in Death Penality. When one of the Convicts (Brendon Gleeson) killed four of the U.S. Marshalls and Two of the Pilots of the airplane. When the Psychopath gets loose on the plane, he slowly terrorise the crew of the plane and passegers. A feisty flight attendant (Lauren Holly), she could be the only one to stop the Psychopath and flying the plane to land in Los Angeles.
Directed by Robert Butler (Up the Creek) made an Outrageous, Entertaining Thriller that destined to be a Camp Classic. DVD`s has an clean anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an sharp Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. A Box Office flop in the winter of 1997. This film did better on Video than it did in Theaters. An fun (If far-featched) action-thriller. Orignally Filmed in Panavision. Grade:B+.
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