After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.
On a red eye flight to Boston from LA 10 people wake up to a shock. All the passengers and crew have vanished. When they try to contact the ground they make no connections. They land the plane only to discover that things haven't changed. But its like the world is dead. No one is there, the air is still, sound doesn't echo, the food is tasteless. And a distant sound is heard coming closer. A race of monstrous beings bent on their destruction is heading for them, eating everything in sight. Written by
Legend has it that although the character of Dinah was always blind, young actress Kate Maberly consistently looked directly at the camera while acting during nearly every scene, causing Director Tom Holland to add the timelessly fashionable sunglasses to her already unbearably chic costume. The particular brand of glasses became so popular in 1995 after the Langoliers air date that they were flying off the shelves, and the company producing them could barely meet demands but was catapulted into unforeseen success. That company's name? Ray Ban. See more »
Bangor Airport is supposedly deserted, yet in one brief shot another plane is visible. See more »
[They're in the air after the world below has disappeared after the langoliers have eaten it. The sun is setting]
It's going faster now, isn't it?
Captain Brian Engle:
Yeah. After awhile I think the days and nights will be going faster than a camera shutter can click. We're all going to Boston for different reasons. What about you, Nick? Fess up, the hour groweth late.
Well, why not? What does a Most Secret classification mean when you've just seen a bunch of killer hairballs rolling up the world?
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Cloud cover (presumably the view of the sky from a cockpit window) forms the backdrop for the opening credits. See more »
As many have noted, the acting is mostly horrible, but the dialog was far worse, and I can't bring myself to think the actors weren't cringing inside while filming.
By far the most annoying and destructive aspect of the script is the huge number of scenes where the plot would seem to dictate great screaming urgency but the characters waste time with blank stares or senseless pauses. Any writer who thinks those devices work to heighten suspense needs to go back to school, preferably the 5th grade. It's enough to make you root for the bad guys, er, bad things.
That said, the story was incredibly engrossing -- sufficiently so that we kept the disc running with only one pause in the whole 3 hours. I'm still not sure if that was smart or stupid. I'd like to be able to vote both 2 and 9 simultaneously.
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