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Turbulent Skies (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  Thriller  -  28 February 2010 (USA)
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When a new airplane that's equipped with a new computer that can fly the plane on its own, is about to have its first flight. But the son of the owner decides to upload more software, he ... See full summary »


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When a new airplane that's equipped with a new computer that can fly the plane on its own, is about to have its first flight. But the son of the owner decides to upload more software, he doesn't bother to check if there are any viruses with it. And he also invites some potential investors to try it. So the plane appears to be working well but suddenly it veers off course and it can't be shut down. When the military learns of this and fears what if something happens if it's over a populated area; decides to shoot it down along with everyone on board. The man who built the computer whose wife is among the passengers thinks if he can get on board he might be able to shut it down and regain control of the plane. So the military using a new plane gets him on board. But what he didn't know is that both pilots are incapacitated so there's no one who can fly the plane. Written by

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At 39,000 feet, you're on your own.




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28 February 2010 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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In the opening scene, as the pilots attempt a landing, they inform the control tower that they have no engines. Yet in the wide shots as the plane passes overhead, the only audio is the whine of jet engines. See more »

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It doesn't work well as a thriller, but it makes one helluva fun drinking game!
28 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Holy cow! Another Casper Van Dien/Patrick Muldoon pairing? They just starred in Born to Ride together (also released 7/26/2011 on DVD). They must share the same tastes in bad scripts or something. Maybe they have the same agent or maybe they're the new Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau, who knows? I thought their last movie together was bad? Well, this one makes makes their last one look like the The Shawshank Redemption.

Like any other airplane disaster movie, this movie starts out with, you guessed airplane disaster. Yes, it's cheap and cheesy, but it's a made-for-TV movie, I'm sure it costs them tens of dollars to catch that crash on video. After the tragedy, we meet Charles (Muldoon, who apparently has some sort of dead animal on his head), spoiled rich kid of Richard Devain (Dourif), who owns Devain Industries, which hopes to put airplane crashes a thing of the past by giving us the CD70. It's a device put into a plane and once the plane reaches cruising altitude, the machine takes over flying completely, even making it's own decisions when a problem presents itself. As he's unveiling the project to investors and members of the press, he introduces Samantha (Eggert), the VP of Research and Development and her husband, Tom (Van Dien), who was the chief programmer of the CD70. Getting a little too ahead of himself, Charles invites the guests to step aboard a 747 that's already been equipped with the very 1st CD70. Real pilots are going along as well, so as to not completely make me lose faith in this movie just yet, so that's good. Once up in the sky, though... Sam notices that Charles fiddled with some of the CD70's settings by adding some prerecorded messages and circumstances happen that's beyond their control and well, let's just say it's bad cinema at it's finest.

Let's start with the acting and the script. It actually felt like I was watching a soap opera. From the strained dialog between the characters and the cheesy ambiance music that played while they were chatting, this movie should have been called The Young and the Restless Up in the Air. We've got everything a good soap opera story needs, dangerous situation, accusations of infidelity, the brooding headstrong guy that's supposed to be playing the bad guy but he's not really all that bad of a guy, he's more of an obnoxious jerk. Then, down on the ground, we have the hero who has to make tough life decisions about whether or not he's going to risk his own life to save his wife who just recently left him. Forget the kid they have together, he'd rather die trying to save his own wife and failing marriage by performing a risky plane-to-plane air transfer.

Some of the situations are just "plane" laughable. I don't know how many times I thought back to the spoof movie Airplane! as I watched this. When the one stewardess asked Samantha if there was anyone on board who could fly this plane...I quickly added, "And didn't have fish for dinner!" It was actually kind of fun to watch it and sneak in some great Airplane! moments. When the pilots try to disable the CD70, I immediately thought of the evil computer that was controlling the space shuttle in Airplane II. So, the movie wasn't a complete loss for me. Everyone takes a shot when there's a DUN-DUN-DUN moment and when you sneak a line in from Airplane! or Airplane II, everyone else takes a shot.

As a serious movie that's supposed to generate fear and frequent nail-biting, this one's a dud. But, as a drinking game for avid fans of the movie Airplane!, I highly recommend it.

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Final Grade (as a serious film): D-

Final Grade (as a drinking game): B+

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