7500 (2020) | PRIME VIDEO
I was excited to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring in a film again; it’s been a while! The premise of this story though, that of high-jackers taking over a plane, is a type of narrative you have to prepare yourself to watch. This type of film is not one I would normally seek out, but I was interested to see where the story would go. I saw many people buzzing about this finally hitting Prime, so I was ready to settle in and endure the ride.
This story starts off incredibly strong, deliberate, and seemingly unique. However, very quickly the direction and writing fall into a predictable storyline where I found myself correctly guessing lines of dialogue before they were delivered by the actors on screen. This is Patrick Vollrath’s first feature film, otherwise he has a list of shorts to his credit. He also co-wrote the film with Senad Halilbasic, and although the direction and writing lose steam, there is definitely a ton of potential.
Terrorists attempt to high-jack a plane from Berlin to Paris while young American pilot Tobias (Gordon-Levitt) tries to save the passengers on board. Any pilot would want to save and protect their passengers, but there is more at stake here: Tobias’ girlfriend is aboard this flight. The description on Prime sets an expectation that Tobias will make a connection with one of the terrorists, which promises a chance for an interesting and unique twist of events in this narrative that could easily be accused of being done one-too-many times already. There is an amazing build of tension and suspense in the first quarter of the film, while at the same time there is an exact moment where you can pin-point where this story will go.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Gordon-Levitt is the film. He completely carries the story visually and narratively throughout the entire 90-minutes. His performance is not over-shadowed by anyone, because there is hardly an opportunity. The only character who shares most of the screen with him is Omid Memar who plays Vedat, one of the terrorists who invade the cockpit. Memar also delivers a well-done performance, and although his character attempts to be multi-dimensional, he falls short, which can be attributed to the writing and direction.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
"...an anxiety-induced ride with an abrupt and unsatisfying ending..."
The setting of this film is almost only in the confinements of the plane’s cockpit, and the sole fact that it is able to keep your attention is a success. The way the camera keeps you in the cockpit of the plane, never venturing outside of it is Hitchcockian, which I am always a fan of. Films that take place in a single setting are unique and risk-taking, which is respectable in filmmaking.
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
Unmemorable and dismissable. There is a point where the passengers onboard are warned to brace themselves for something to happen, which sets an expectation for a big moment of action and sound, and then there is basically zero follow-through.
Overall, this is a good performance from Gordon-Levitt, but otherwise it is a mediocre, predictable story that just ends with no closure because it has nowhere else to go. If you want to experience an anxiety-induced ride with an abrupt and unsatisfying ending, this is for you.