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Passenger 57 is an enjoyable and rather underrated action film.
Although there is not too much of a storyline, the slick action scenes
combined with some very good performances from Wesley Snipes and Bruce
Payne kept me entertained from start to finish.
While Passenger 57 offers nothing really new to the action genre, it does offer plenty of fast paced chaos and explosions and combined with some entertaining hand-to-hand combat skills by Snipes, it is certainly better than a lot of other standard action fares out there.
Snipes gives a very good performance as the lead and Bruce Payne is brilliant as the mentally unstable villain. The other cast are somewhat overshadowed by Snipes and Payne, but do an adequate enough job.
Overall I was very pleased by Passenger 57, so much so that it proudly belongs in my DVD collection. A very good choice for action fans and a must for Snipes fans. 8/10.
And don't forget...."Always bet on black!"
"Passenger 57" is one of the many films that followed in the wake of
the action film that re invented the genre, 1988's "Die Hard" with
Bruce Willis in the lead. When I first saw P57, rented on video in the
mid nineties, I wasn't expecting a re-run of Die Hard, but i was
pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable an action flick it was.
Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne spark well off each other as the troubled hero and psychotic villain. They are given competent support by the rest of the cast, although one of my small complaints is how under utilised the other actors are. That said, Ernie Lively does a nice turn as the local police chief and Robert Hooks (father of director Kevin Hooks) is good as an FBI Agent.
Essentially, Passenger 57 is a solid little action movie which is well paced and has enough intriguing characters and good action scenes to keep you interested right through to the finale. The story is perhaps a little thin and the script could have used a bit more depth to develop the characters, but it's very enjoyable none the less.
Don't view this expecting a great movie, but if you have an hour and a half to kill this film is well worth a watch.
Of all the Die Hard clones there have been, and there have been many!
Passenger 57 may just be the worst. The story follows Wesley Snipes'
airline security expert John Cutter, who whilst undertaking a flight to
L.A. gets embroiled in a hostage takeover led by evil bad man with a
troubled childhood, Charles Rane. Cue quips, kicks and death defying
tricks as Cutter strikes one for the good guys. Kevin Hooks' film works
well enough on a very basic actioner level, due in the main to Snipes.
Snipes was six years away from his signature role in Blade, and for
sure he is a bona fide action star. As evidenced here, he has the
charisma and body motions to carry the film thru its turgid script.
It's a script that smacks of the writers sitting round a table and
suggesting they put Snipes in a number of tricky situations and used
that as an excuse for him to beat the crappola out of everyone. Oh and
lets not forget the forced love story waiting to happen as well.
Ultimately it's just a lazy film that is the cash in that many realised it was upon its release. Bruce Payne manfully tries to make the unbalanced Charles Rane truly evil, but doesn't succeed. Liz Hurley, goddess of womanhood that she is, looks uncomfortable holding a gun, while leading lady Alex Datcher is hopelessly out of her depth. While the youthful looking Tom Sizemore and Bruce Greenwood also appear - but both are throwaway characters that you end up wishing we had had more of. Stanley Clarke's score is abysmal, it's the sort of score one expects to hear in a soft core porno movie - you know the kind where the protagonists are making love but they still have their underwear on! Yes that kind. Poor plotting, poor scripting and just about poor in technical execution. I don't ask much of the action genre, I really don't, but at least give the film some soul from which to entertain the popcorn masses. 3/10 for Snipes' fighting and Liz Hurley's legs.
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Airline security expert John Cutter(Wesley Snipes)is on a routine
flight when he must rescue hostages on board from a group of terrorists
led by mad bomber Charles Rane(Bruce Payne). Rane is so cold-blooded,
he asks a passenger if he had a family then proceeded to shoot him just
to prove a point to Cutter that he meant business! Luckily, Cutter and
flight attendant Marti Slayton(Alex Datcher)escape into the jumbo liner
to release the fuel forcing Rane to land it at a rural landing strip
near a fairgrounds while a carnival was taking place. Threatening to
kill passengers if the sheriff doesn't refuel the plane, Cutter is able
to escape, only to be momentarily arrested by police after being
knocked out by the concrete from a harsh landing. Agreeing to release
hostages if the fuel is brought to the plane, Sheriff Biggs(Ernie
Lively)will carry out his demand. While a flood of passengers storm out
of the plane, Rane attempts, along with a few of his henchmen, to flee,
making their way to the fairgrounds, with Cutter, after escaping from
the police subduing him, following in hot pursuit. With some hostages
still on board and Rane on foot through a fairgrounds crowd of innocent
people, Cutter has his hands full. A plan is in place and it's all
about Rane escaping the electric chair.
Boy, does this joker move fast! Like it's star, the movie barely catches a breath, with a locomotive pace. Not a lot of original plot here, to tell you the truth. It has the terrorism on a plane plot that, even by 1992, had rather worn out it's welcome, but with dynamic stars like Snipes and Payne, as the sneering heavy, they inject a little into it's stale material. Funny how the film moves into a plane, out of it temporarily, only to find both hero and villain returning for one last round. It is essentially your typical cat-and-mouse game between Cutter and Rane with precious, innocent lives at stake. As was typical in action films at this time, you have to take a leap of faith and accept what the script sets up regarding Snipes' abilities to take out the bad guys, and thwart the evil psycho's plans.
This was during the time where Wesley Snipes was being groomed as the next action star. He is in solid form in this movie, looking mighty impressive in combat against Rane and his goons. Tom Sizemore has a sizable supporting turn as Sly Delvecchio, Cutter's boss and friend. Early role for a foxy Elizabeth Hurley as one of Rane's terrorists, disguised as a stewardess. Bruce Greenwood is Sizemore's boss, Stuart Ramsey, head of the airline for which they both work. Robert Hooks does what he can with a small role as Special Agent Henderson, with nice support from Lively as the "country bumpkin" Chief of Police who, as a hostage negotiator, gets a bit too big for his britches.
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This isn't a bad film but it isn't exactly a great film either; Wesley
Snipes does a good job as airline security expert John Cutter who is in
the wrong place at the right time, Bruce Payne is okay as the psychotic
terrorist and Alex Datcher is fairly forgettable as the feisty
stewardess. For a thriller this is also lacking in any twists
whatsoever. We are told who is bad and who is good almost as soon as
their character appears.
The film opens with Charles Rane in an operating theatre awaiting plastic surgery, we know he is somewhat insane as he insists in having no anaesthetic. Before the operation can start the police move in and Rane attempts to escape but is eventually captured... now they just have to get him to Los Angeles for trial. Obviously the best way to transport one of the world's most wanting criminals across the US is to put him on a commercial flight with a couple of marshals. Of course Rane's people are on the plane amongst both passengers and crew and shortly after take off they seize the plane. Luckily they hadn't counted on John Cutter the airline's new security expert being on board.
He manages to call the airline and alert them about the hijacking before being briefly captured. He escapes his captors then flees to the plane's storage area where he accesses the avionics bay and forces the plane to dump fuel. This necessitates landing at a small airfield in Louisiana where Cutter jumps from the plane and is promptly detained by the local police who are stereotypical incompetent Southern yokels. While the plane is on the ground Rane and some of his associates get off the plane and flee to a local fair ground where after a bit more fighting he is captured again. That isn't the end though as his people still on the plane threaten to kill more hostages if he isn't freed. Once back on the plane Cutter confronts Rane one last time with the inevitable results on expects from this sort of film.
This isn't a film I'd go out of my way to see but it is okay if you have eighty minutes to kill and want some fairly mindless action. I wouldn't advise buying it unless you are a fan of cheesy action flicks or of Wesley Snipes.
This movie is the absolute worst airplane movie I have ever seen! It's a mix between comedy, Miami Vice, Karate Kid, and black power all condensed into 80 minutes. They use Karate moves WAY too much in unnecessary situations, there is major discrimination towards Southerners and British, and the decisions made by the made character could have been thought up better by a preschooler. Seriously. The acting sucks, it is entirely cheesy and their punchlines sound like a self-centered fifth grader wrote this for his class play. I have no idea what the screenwriters were thinking when they filmed this. Just look at all the goofs for this movie and I can assure you this is longer than a low-budget 90's flunk. Do NOT watch this movie!!!
The tag; "Die Hard" on a plane is pretty much true when describing this
uninspired Wesley Snipes action vehicle of the early nineties. A
captive terrorist being transported on an aircraft by the FBI is
violently freed by his associates and they take the plane hostage.
However on board happens to be an airline security specialist who goes
about making their life's hell. Durable direction along with Mark
Irwin's crisp photography and exhilarating stunt-work (the opening
chase sequence). While it might be systematic in its execution
(exciting combat where characters get caught, escape, get caught and
escape again), but a confident Snipes makes light work of the slight
and clichéd material (where we get the usual character/s with a
brooding past) to deliver cracking blows taking out the terrorists
one-by-one and sharp-one liners ("Always bet on black"). Around this
time Snipes had become somewhat of a household name and a Hollywood
banker with movie fans. Churning out films like "White Men Can't Jump",
"Boiling Point", "Rising Sun", "Demolition Man" and "Drop Zone". This
entry might not make much of the dent in Snipes' portfolio, but for the
undemanding just wanting some simple action moving at a brisk pace with
some venomously psychotic villain performances (led by the exceptional
Bruce Payne and an early part for Elizabeth Hurley) and fine support
(Tom Sizemore and Ernie Lively). You can't go wrong with the
consistently entertaining "Passenger 57".
"I never live in the past"
John Cutter (Wesley Snipes) is an expert security agent who's still
mourning the death his wife . He embarks a large plane , L1011-500
"Tristar , assisted by beautiful air hostesses (two gorgeous flight
attendants : Alex Datcher and Elizabeth Hurley , one of the earliest
film roles). Then , he finds himself accidentally trapped into the
middle of an airline Jumbo hijacking executed by an arch-villain
terrorist (Bruce Payne) who previously committed numerous terrorists
acts . He hijacks the crew and seizes control of it . Cutter must take
action confronting the nasty criminal , developing a battle of wits
between two charismatic opponents . Meanwhile , Cutter contacts with
his airline chiefs (Tom Sizemore and Bruce Greenwood) who want to hide
the events .
The film packs nonstop action , suspense , tension , lots of violence when the murders and fighting happen , being quite entertaining . It's a run-of-the-mill action film in which from the beginning to the ending the thriller and emotion is continuous . This film Passenger 57 (1992) was scheduled to air on a Starz Entertainment Group channel the night of 9/11 , what with the themes of terrorism on an airplane, the broadcast was obviously cancelled . Wesley Snipes is top-notch as an action hero , turning into tough action man in films of big budget , just like ¨Murder at 1600¨ , ¨Money train¨ , ¨US Marshall¨ and ¨Blade¨ trilogy ; however , nowadays , he only makes low/medium budget films as ¨Unstoppable¨ , ¨The detonator¨, ¨7 seconds¨ , ¨Chaos¨, ¨The marksman¨ , among others . While on the plane Wesley Snipes reads the book 'The Art of War' ; Snipes later starred in the film ¨The art of war¨ (2000) that was loosely based on the book . Bruce Payne is excellent as the ruthless and extremely intelligent villainous , he plays -as always- magnificently a megalomaniac nasty .
Spectacular musical score by Stanley Clarke , being appropriately adjusted to action . The motion picture was well directed by Kevin Hooks -an usual TV movies director- . Robert Hooks, who plays FBI agent Dwight Henderson in the film , is the father of director Kevin Hooks . The film will appeal to action genre enthusiasts . It's a must see for Wesley Snipes fans .
Wesley Snipes is the only fun there is about this movie and he really isn't that fun in this movie! He stars as former air security rep. John Cutter, Cutter lost in wife in a tragic holdup and he blames himself wholly because of it. Virtual Unknown at the time Elizabeth Hurley plays a crooked stewardess, the villain Rane is cool, a little too mysterious but cool. Everything in this movie is rushed along in a quick hour and twenty minutes pretty well so there really is no time to go to the bathroom or get popcorn while its going (not that you'll miss much). Overall not a horrible movie but still is cheesy and campy in some spots (almost like this movie should have been on TV instead). The ending is silly and a lot of the action in this film depends on your ability to disassociate yourself with reality and let the campiness do its work.
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As I write Wesley Snipes is being indicted for alleged tax fraud. Well,
they got the charge a bit wrong - it's us the audience who've been
defrauded by this limp, lame excuse for an action movie. Although
Snipes himself is adequate in the lead, the rest of the acting is
humdrum at best, and, in the case of Liz Hurley, dire. (Will somebody
please tell me why that woman is regarded as a "celebrity"? To
paraphrase Walter Matthau, I have more talent in my smallest f*rt than
she has in her entire body.) The storyline is so thin it must have been
written on a post-it note, the script is terrible, the characters
cardboard cutouts who'd look underwritten in a toddler's pop-up book.
As for the improbabilities of plot. Don't even start to go there.
This film has one redeeming quality. It's very short. So short, in fact, that you're actually pleasantly surprised when it ends. Surely that can't be it, you muse for a moment, after Snipes has dispatched the chief bad guy (a Brit, naturally - because of course all bad guys are British in Hollywood). But yes, in an act of euthanasia for which the producers should be highly commended, its life support system is switched off and this turkey is given the quick death it so richly deserves. Come back Arnie, all is forgiven.
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