Turbulent Skies (2010 TV Movie)
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The 4 is because it's so bad that you should see it to believe and that makes it funny in a way....
Dick & Elke
Just one over-worn "disaster movie" event after another, which frankly doesn't make sense in so many places in the first place.
Just for a few highlights:
What on earth is this blinking light doing in the cockpit that's controlling everything and wants to kill the captain and injure the first officer, change the flight plan and eventually try to kill everybody?
Is it H.A.L. Jr., the son of H.A.L. that went amok in the classic "2001--A Space Odyssey" movie from the 1960s? At least this H.A.L. Jr. didn't say, "I'm sorry Dave. You can't do that." after killing all the rest, as his dad did with the crew on the "2001" spaceship.
Only after "H.A.L. Jr." drops the plane to 10,000 feet does it decide to turn off the oxygen and everybody begins to pass out. Well, pressurized aircraft don't pump oxygen into the cabin in the first place. It's outside air that goes through a pressurization process, even at 35,000 or more feet.
And at 10,000 feet, you don't need a pressurized cabin. They could open a window in the cockpit. Even back in the 1930s, the first DC-3 could fly over the Rockies, during a test, on one engine at a higher altitude than 10,000 feet, and it wasn't a pressurized aircraft.
For that matter, passengers who went to the bathroom and lifted the lid to the toilet on a DC-3 got a straight-down view of the ground.
And it just goes on and on. The SR-71 "Blackbird" that transferred the guy to the Boeing 747 was designed to operate at several times the speed of sound, not the speed of a 747.
The 747 aircraft itself, in flight, was stock footage from Boeing.
And, when the gal finally landed the plane, she didn't lower the flaps until the wheels almost touched. Huh? And the guy in the tower forgot to tell her how to reverse thrust, increase RPM and apply the wheel breaks to bring the aircraft to a stop.
UGH! And they all lived happily ever after.
This film reunites Casper Van Dien and Patrick Muldoon from "Starship Troopers". One as an intelligent computer programmer and the other as a slick, handsome playboy. In fact, it is one of two films that reunites them this year, so there has to be a connection there... but that is a discussion for another time. Also here is horror veteran Brad Dourif and "Baywatch" babe Nicole Eggert.
This comes from Fred Olen Ray, the director of "Alienator" and many other B-movies in the sci-fi genre. So if you are expecting a great film in the normal sense of "great", you chose the wrong film. But if you like basking in cheesy glory, this is a film for you. A crazy computer that wants to kill all its passengers? Oh man, grab a beer and have fun!
And really, it is not a bad film. I saw a review that said "worst film in a long time". Please. That is so not true. This film is a cut above anything the SyFy Channel has shown ever, so I can name a dozen films this year that are worse than "Turbulent Skies". This is not to say it is great, either. But just know what to expect when you sit down on the couch and you may come out happier.
In "Executive Decision," the improbability was using an F-117, a single seat fighter/bomber, as a transport for far too many men. This film uses an SR-71 in approximately the same role, that of a personnel transport. Couple that with the passengers (?) of the SR-71 not being suited up for high speed, high altitude flight, and your disgust level rises quickly. And why send an aircraft capable of Mach 3 flight speeds after an aircraft that doesn't exceed Mach 1?
Then, there's the issue of people passing out from lack of oxygen -- AT 10,000 FEET! The air may be thin at that elevation, but not non-supportive of human life.
Finally, there's a remote connection with "Die Hard 2," where the wife smacks the antagonist at the end of the film.
This DVD would make a dandy coaster, albeit an expensive one.
The actualities of this film are poorly researched. the acting is very wooden and the plot is so transparent as to be invisible.
The acting and script felt like a bad movie made for TV circa 1975. Don't waste your time or money.
1. An airliner flying at FL250 (or 25,000ft) with the landing gear extended and with the flaps in a landing configuration.
2. The first officer says that the #2 engine N1 is falling, then it cuts to the engine display where the N1 is stable.
3. The captain and the first officer are both flying manually, each holding their yokes at the same time.
4. After the flight attendant informs the pilots that the engine is on fire, the first officer looks at the captain and asks: "What do we do? Captain?" - in fact he should know exactly what to do, as it would have formed a huge part of his training and type certification. There are checklists that exist for that very procedure.
5. They then try to restart the engines by slamming the throttle levers to full, then idle, then full, then idle.
6. They make a mayday call to 'Central Tower' at FL250.
7. Footage of the plane 'crashing' reveals a third engine...
I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to watch any more. If you know absolutely nothing about aviation, then perhaps you would be able to watch this film - but I just cant do it. I'm sorry.
Any fan worth their salt will call BS on this one. It takes time to plan a mission for that beast, logistics, route planning, refuel points, getting the craft prepped, getting the KC-135Q tankers ready, ensuring the backup craft is also prepped, and the list goes on..
Hollywood got this one wrong where the SR-71 Blackbird is concerned. They chopped the footage and added in an actor in a standard flight suit WRONG. Didn't even bother to edit the footage to remove the original pilots left hand, in the pressure suit, running up the throttles which is bright orange compared to the flat color of the flight suit the pilot was wearing. The original cockpit audio was completely scrubbed, which would have fit the movie much better than the junk chatter the tossed in there. Since when does the SR-71 carry passengers?? They would have us believe that they are going to carry two people in the central bay of it, it doesn't have one. That area is a fuel cell, not to mention it's not pressurized and subject to all manner of stresses. Supposedly this was to be flown to catch up with and dock to a commercial passenger aircraft to transfer people, seriously? Utterly laughable.. It was so bad I turned it off.
They used the majority of footage from the following video. https://youtu.be/hZIGKwhQ8dw
If the link does not work, search YouTube for Blackbird101, and locate his video SR-71 Blackbird Launch. This contains all the scenes from the movie in full along with the original cockpit audio.
The engine ignition sequence, hangar rollout and marshaling, taxi to runway, takeoff and climb to altitude. Whoever made this needs to learn how to research something before making it public.
As with most any made-for-TV movies, there is no need to spend money buying the DVD on the poor writing, directing, plot and character development. Just watch it for free on numerous free movie sites (I caught this one on tubiTV). I was actually quite surprised this was not an Asylum Production movie. The poor graphics, script, knowledge, and overall shoddy production/directing value matches them spot on. There was absolutely nothing worth trying to save this movie. It couldn't even be salvage within the first two minutes.
1. The FAA would not in the foreseeable future accept an aircraft that is completely controlled by an Artificial Intelligence with no remote switch or remote manual control, and even with remote control would it be extremely unlikely to get accepted.
2. Why would an aircraft a FL250 (25,000 feet above sea level) have its landing gear down and flaps set to landing configuration? THERE IS NO REASON, EVER! 3. At one point in the movie the main characters seem to easily move the throttle's forward and backward with no force what so ever, later on the "hero" has to help his wife push the throttles forward as she seems to be too weak to do so. This is not how a Boeing aircraft works, and Airbus will be like this yet with minimal force required, however this aircraft was a Boeing 747.
4. Why would they use an SR-71A Blackbird which is no longer in service and has not been in service since the 1990's, when there are plenty of other aircraft that can intercept the 747 without burning hundreds of thousands of gallons of JET-A1.
5. The "Air-Bridge" that was used is entirely a farce, and attempting to attach something to an aircraft at FL360 (36,000 feet) going about 480 KTAS (610 Miles Per Hour) is going to have disastrous consequences, the tube was also not even pressurized and Casper Van Dien would have died with everyone else on the plane as they opened the door; however in real life the door would not open due to safety measures placed on the door which prevent it from being opened while the aircraft is airborne.
Do yourself a favor and skip this movie, save your eyes for something better like Sharknado.