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Air Marshal (2003)
Some good ideas, but generally poorly handled
Really, the five stars are due to the efforts of the choreographer and screenwriter alone, due to some nice-looking fight work (the fistfight in the hold with one fire axe wielding terrorist is a very nice piece of action) and some clever ideas in the script. The concept of a power struggle among the terrorists, right down to the fact that there is only five guns for six hijackers, is a definite step in the right direction, and should have been fleshed out more. It was a plot thread that caught my interest immediately. The rest of the film is poorly handled. Cinematography is poor, almost ruining the good choreography I praised earlier.The special effects team didn't even try. Additionally, a character who shares my first name is shot and killed helping the titular character escape, a sacrifice that goes completely unnoticed and unappreciated by him. That kinda bothered me.
All in all, I can think of worse uses of 90 minutes.