Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane
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Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (DVD) (WS)
Unholy terror is unleashed in the skies when a deadly, genetically engineered virus is released onboard a transatlantic flight to Paris in this heart-stopping thrill-ride of terror! When a scientist on the run from the CIA manages to smuggle a contaminated body onto a commercial overseas flight, the plane becomes an incubator for a quickly growing army of the undead. With a zombie invasion spreading through the cabin, only a handful of passengers remains to fight off their fellow travelers and land the plane before it's too late.]]>
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The same reason a purse snatcher doesn't ply his trade on a plane, one shouldn't sneak a zombie on board. Because where are you gonna run? FLIGHT OF THE CONCORD takes time to introduce its victi- er, passengers, and there's that usual fun found in predicting which ones may survive and which ones are clearly meat snacks (hint: if you're insufferably rude or vacuous or a nun, you're effin' doomed). Dramatis personae include a U.S. Marshall transporting a prisoner, two arguing young couples, a trio of hot stewardesses, the pilots, a TSA agent, the smug head scientist guy, and a famous black golfer who, in his first scene, can be seen polishing his putter (but it's not as dirty as it sounds). The rest in the cabin are just there for window dressing and they'll be milling around accruing bite marks soon enough. The acting is actually pretty decent, for what it is. There are some recognizable B-movie actors here, the most interesting of whom is Kevin J. O'Connor who - as someone in the IGN audio commentary remarks - looks as if John Malkovich and John Waters had a baby. O'Connor simply has a face that even his own mother wouldn't trust, but he gets the plum con artist/prisoner role anyway. He throws out some pretty choice one-liners. Erick Avari plays the unflappable, despicable scientist who sneers at everyone, except that later, gratifyingly, he's reduced to a shrieking pansy pounding on the cabin door for help. It did my heart good, watching that scene. The other guy I recognized is Richard Tyson.
When Concord 239 battles thru a whopping storm, massive turbulence releases the content of the container in the cargo hold, and, really, that's all she wrote for most of the crew and passengers. It's an infected woman who emerges from the container and the dumb git of a guard doesn't have the skills to fend her off. Before you know it, patient zero has her undead backup.
Interestingly, other than the stupidity of having a zombie on board in the first place, the fall of Concord 239 can be blamed mostly on inclement weather. The co-pilot has to descend into the cargo hold to check on some busted electrical something or other and then, of course, there's nothing but for the head scientist guy to send his lackeys to the cargo hold to check on the special container. Another spat of turbulence coldcocl<s the U.S. Marshall which allows his prisoner (O'Connor) to escape. Logic then dictates that, once a search of the cabin proves fruitless, the U.S. Marshall and the TSA agent would assume that the prisoner had gone into hiding in the cargo hold. There are only so many places, after all. Anyway, this and that happens in bloody fashion, and the zombie outbreak soon spreads beyond the cargo hold.
There's something to be said for staging even a sort of cheesy horror show in confined spaces, it just ratches up that tension. FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of those flicks you enjoy watching with your homies, preferably with a sippy or two. It's just good campy horror, and there's just enough intentional dark humor injected to let you know the filmmakers are in on the fun. The zombie make-up isn't anything fancy, but it does the job. The flick doesn't stint on the gore and blood and some of the kills are pretty decent (I'll never go to the bathroom again in mid-flight, nor crawl thru the air ducts). But there really aren't enough legitimate scares, although you get the feeling the writers were pounding their heas against the wall trying to think up inventive places from which the zombies could pop out. But, again, there are only so many places. It's interesting that, this time around, you don't have to shoot a zombie solely in the brain to kill it. Superior firepower directed at any body part will do the trick. And, somehow, all the bullets flying around don't end up compromising hull integrity. Lucky passengers. In that sense.
To demonstrate that safety belts really can save your life, one zombified passenger finds himself still strapped in and, being brain dead, is unable to extricate himself. I actually felt sorry for the guy and was actively rooting for him to successfully grab one of the meat-on-legs running by him.
DVD's extras: audio commentary by director Scott Thomas and producer David Soshan; snickery, irreverent audio commentary by the IGNdotcom editors Steve Horn, Eric Moro & Christopher Monfette; and an outtake reel.
First I'll let you know about the quality of the movie. The actors aren't really that bad. They all did a decent job I thought (remember... I said decent). The picture quality looks good too. I was a little worried that it would look like someone bought a camcorder from Best Buy, filmed the movie, and decided to go a little crazy with special effect from Windows Movie editor. But nope, it was nicely shot. The plot, hehe, well... I love the plot. Pure 'what the hell?' type of plot for a zombie movie. The special effects were oh so bad, but in a great way. For instance...this one person gets shot with an Uzi or something and three holes appear on the front side of the person. Completely done in very bad CG. As the person falls, the holes don't move at first and then have to catch up. I almost died from my heart overflowing with love for that part of the movie. I knew I was in for some very good 'B' quality action.
The one part about the details of the movie that I think deserves its own little paragraph is the zombie makeup. I thought this part was better than average for a zombie movie of this caliber. Yellow eyes have always freaked me out since Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video. The zombies were actually pretty scary looking. Especially the ones that had some decent close ups.
As for the movie itself, I really liked it, even though it was quite unbelievable. No way in hell would someone be able to put something 'top secret' on a plane without the airline or whatever knowing about it. And if it was toxic or whatever they said it was (I can't remember), there is no way they would let civilians on the plane. I mean if it was something like Anthrax and it was accidentally released on the aircraft and people survived it, they would sue for a million bajillion dollars. No way would a company take that risk. Yes, this is one of the many parts of the movie where you will roll your eyes at, but you don't care...you know why? Cause you are here for one reason and one reason only. To watch zombies kill humans and then, depending on what type of person you are, seeing the last stand and the few humans left defeating the zombies... or... getting eaten and the zombies walk to the next victim somewhere else off camera.
Flight of the Living Dead starts off on a plane. No waiting around in the lobby, no going to the airport, we are on the plane already. Some scientists have stored a secret 'chemical' on the plane. We see old and young couples, stewardesses (all hot flirty women btw which is also completely unbelievable since I always seem to get an older lady, a not so good looking lady, or a gay guy), the pilots, scientists, a police officer with a convict, and even a nun. A nun. Yeeaahh...I wonder what's gonna happen to the nun. They fly into bad weather which causes the plane to hit a lot of turbulence, which, guess what happens....YEP...it busts open the 'secret' container, which release the 'chemical' onto the plane. From slow to fast the action begins and the transformations begin. Zombies are on the plane and so is the breaking loose of Hell.
Now there is two thoughts that I'd like to leave you with.
1. Whoever makes that plane should be making a thousand bajillion dollars. That plane just does not crash even with hundreds of rounds of ammo flying inside it and even a bomb going off inside it... hehe.
2. I won't ruin the ending, but there was something going on that made me think, "Well if that happened, then this SHOULD happen". Which I didn't think would since it's a 'nothing makes sense' movie. But then it DID happen. And when it did, it had to be one of THE best parts of the movie. I thought it was filmed very well and looked very cool. Especially when you saw the shot from behind and a town off in the distance.
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