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Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999)

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.



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In this action-packed drama, a group of people who have completed a therapy program to overcome their severe fear of flying celebrate with a group flight to L.A. However, they soon discover that there are perfectly good reasons to be afraid of airliners - a group of terrorists hijack the jet, murdering the pilot and threatening to kill all the passengers with chemical weapons. With the captain's chair empty, one of the passengers is forced to bring the plane safely to the ground. Written by Mark Deming

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They took the wrong flight to cure their fear.


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Rated R for violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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27 December 1999 (South Korea)  »

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Not as awful as everyone says but just yet another cheap video thriller with little to offer in the way of entertainment
23 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

As part of a Fear Of Flying class, a group of passengers are assigned to a flight to help them get over their fears. Among the passengers are aeronautic engineer Martin Messerman and new couple Elliott and Jessica. However, when the passengers start to fall asleep, it is clear that someone has drugged them somehow – a fear that is proven to be correct when it turns out that a man has a deadly virus on board and is willing to use it. Can Martin overcome his fears and use his knowledge of planes to stop the virus being released? Well take a flipping guess!

Baring nothing in common with the original Turbulence apart from the theme of a hijacked plane, this film was screened in the UK under its numbered title and not it's IMDb listed title. Why this happened is beyond me because I can't understand why this film wouldn't want to try and ride on the back of another film (even a film as poor as Turbulence) – God knows it isn't good enough to stand on its own. The plot lacks any sort of logic and merely hopes that, if it keeps the pace up, that nobody will notice that the 'hostages' seem to have free run of the plane, or that the guns never breach the skin of the plane, or that the 'terrorist's plot' doesn't make any sense whatsoever. The TV series 24 manages to do this (cover plot holes with pace and noise) but this film cannot manage it mainly because the holes are far too big and the tension far too loose. Instead it just throws yet another average or poor plot twist after another and it all gets tiresome long before it ends. The production also feels a lot cheaper – the internals look very much like a soundstage and the externals are all a normal plane shot from different angles to make it look like it is stricken, flying up, flying down etc. At least the original Turbulence looked like somebody had spent money on it (even if it was money wasted).

The script is as poor as the basic plot. The various twists are silly and the script just keeps on doing the same things over and over again to no great effect while the actors all spout dialogue that is meant to be amusing (it falls flat) or dramatic (it sounds hackneyed). Sheffer is no leading man and he is poor at the start but gets better – maybe if the material hadn't been so bad then he would have been better. Beals is supposed to be simmering and sexy but is neither although she does have an OK chemistry with Sheffer. Why Berenger chose to do this film is beyond me but this is yet another in a bagful of nails that he seems determined to hammer into his career's coffin. Nordling is OK but can barely keep a straight face in some of his scenes while all the rest of the cast just fall into the various airplane cliché roles.

Overall this is not an awful film – it is just a typically poor video thriller made on the cheap without any great imagination or effort put in. At best it is watchable and at worst it shows a real contempt for its audience with some things just being stupid as much as they are illogical. I was drawn in by the interest value of this being a sequel to a film I had seen but it had almost nothing in common with that film apart from the plane thing and neither of them being any good! If you want a cheap video thriller then this is no worse than some others I have seen – but this film makes Turbulence look like a good option, and that is not a good thing to say.

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