A passenger of a hijacked airliner who happens to be an airplane engineer works to deactivate a chemical weapons bomb after the hijackers kill the pilot and threaten to kill all the passengers on the plane.
Sarah Plummer is an FBI Agent whose family is taken hostage while she is on a flight to Washington, DC. "Turbulence" occurs when a mysterious stranger, Michelle, is seated beside her and ... See full summary »
After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and ... See full summary »
Ryan Weaver romances beautiful women before he kills them. Ryan is arrested, convicted, and is part of a Christmas Eve transfer of prisoners on a transcontinental 747 commercial flight. Other airlines at JFK may have holiday passengers waiting on stand-by, but this jumbo jet takes off with a lot of empty seats. Ryan and another prisoner overpower and kill their guards. The few civilian passengers are herded into a "pantry" on the plane and are not seen again until the end of the movie. Ryan eliminates the other prisoners and all the crew members except Teri Halloran. The remainder of the movie follows a "cat-and-mouse" game between Ryan and Teri on the 747. Written by
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MGM pulled trailers from theaters and temporarily suspended its marketing campaign after the crash of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996. See more »
After the co-pilot engages the auto pilot and starts walking out of the cockpit, the plane is shown as sharply gaining altitude. The co-pilot then lunges forward, as if the plane had taken a sharp descent. See more »
Flight attendant Lauren Holly faces off against killer Ray Liotta
"Turbulence" (1997) is an action thriller, a slick production of Hollywood, costing some $71 million to make. That kind of money buys a large-scale production with well-filmed effects and a decent script. It's in the disaster movie vein popular in the 70s, but darker and more directly brutal. It's predictable in broad outline but does have some surprises.
Ray Liotta secures a great role as a serial killer being transported by jumbo jet who takes over the plane, except for spunky flight attendant Lauren Holly who becomes his nemesis in the air. I rate it as about average for such thrillers. It's gripping and entertaining, and these are offset by obvious implausible things happening. Still, it's fun as such things go. I take it for what it is. It's not as elaborate or well-rounded as "Towering Inferno" or "Poseidon Adventure", but within its ambit of being inside an airplane, it's a well-fashioned story.
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