Air Panic Release Date: 2002 Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller Director(s): Bob Misiorowski (Derailed, Shark Attack) Writer(s): Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch (both of Crocodile and Toolbox Murders) Starring: Kristanna Loken, Rodney Rowland In Air Panic’s opening scene, a plane full of frightened passengers goes crashing into a medium-sized skyscraper. The plane explodes, and […]

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Air Panic
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
Director(s): Bob Misiorowski (Derailed, Shark Attack)
Writer(s): Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch (both of Crocodile and Toolbox Murders)
Starring: Kristanna Loken, Rodney Rowland

In Air Panic’s opening scene, a plane full of frightened passengers goes crashing into a medium-sized skyscraper. The plane explodes, and the building is lit up, with the fire eventually spreading to the entire building.

While I wouldn’t put it past them Nu Image seeing Air Marshal, Air Panic was not filmed after September 11th. It was produced shortly before the terrorist attacks, and as a result, it sat around for almost two years before Velocity Home Entertainment put it on the market with a big warning that certain scenes in the movie had the capacity to be quite disturbing.

Air Panic isn’t even that bad of a movie either. The plot for it is quite similar to Hijack’d, but instead of a man on the ground chasing the crazed hacker, the Ian Thornley-looking fellow (Rowland) who acts as our hero boards the plane as it takes off without any guidance from the pilot. Turns out that select computer chips have been altered by Cain, a hacker who is angry at the world for an accident that burned much of his body. To take revenge he plans to crash a 747 full of people, including “last day on the job” flight attendant Josie (Loken), into a nuclear power plant in Baltimore. Now this rebel FAA-FBI fellow must figure out how to get back control of the plane from a man who can hear every sound they make.

The whole thing is absurd, complete with a frantic man who opens up the cabin door only to get sucked out, but it’s fun while it lasts. The incredibly untalented Kristanna Loken is thankfully not the star here, with Rodney Rowland taking the lead instead. It falters at times, especially when the FBI tries to track down Cain, but its foundation is strong enough to still be standing afterwards.

The most intriguing parts of Air Panic comes courtesy of the special effects. Nu Image appears to have gone all out for this one. Sure, a lot of them look terrible, but there’s some real effort on display to at least try and do things differently. The plane footage, at least while on the ground, is superior to almost every other film of its kind.

DVD: Barebones.

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