- Dir: Patrick Vollrath; Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar, Aylin Tezel, Carlo Kitzlinger, Murathan Muslu. 89 mins
Anyone nostalgic for air travel can pop a pill this week and remedy that, quick. The pill is 7500, a harrowing in-flight thriller set entirely in the cockpit of a passenger plane flying from Berlin to Paris, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the helm when four Turkish terrorists try to storm the controls.
7500 is a code you ideally wouldn’t want to hear in mid-air, because it means you’ve been hijacked. This well-executed debut from German director Patrick Vollrath knows the value of confinement: other than some airport CCTV footage at the start, showing the attackers preparing to board, it sticks ruthlessly behind the locked door where American co-pilot Tobias (Gordon-Levitt) and his German captain (Carlo Kitzlinger) manage to barricade themselves.
三级成人视频The latter has been mortally wounded. One of the four Turks has barged his way through but been knocked unconscious, leaving only Tobias, who’s been stabbed in the arm, to communicate with air traffic control. An emergency landing in Hanover is the safest solution, but the remaining hijackers have no interest in landing the plane – they intend to crash it, causing maximum carnage – and set about battering the door with everything they can find. When that doesn’t work, they grab a hostage and hold broken glass to his throat.
Tobias can only see their threats on the small screen on his side of the door, where many of the film’s most gruelling moments play out – with no music, and no colour, just these blue-ish, depersonalised digital images. It feels like Vollrath has seen enough Michael Haneke chillers to know how unsettling low-res footage can be; indeed, he began his career learning from the man himself, in Haneke’s class at Vienna’s Film Academy.