on 18 July 2011
Passeger 57 was made in the wake of the successful Die Hard. This film is made with Die Hard 1 and 2 in mind. It also resembles other films which came later including Executive Decision, Con Air and Air Force One. All of these films have their good points and bad. Passenger 57 certainly does.
Passenger 57 good points- 1. Well staged action. 2.Wesley Snipes on good form. 3. A good Stanley Clarke music score 4. An early Liz Hurley role(playing a bad girl Xenia Onatop type).
Passenger 57 bad points 1. Between the action some awful cliche scenes. 2. Lots of cliches. 3. Tom sizemores in it. 4. Tom sizemores pointless part. 4. Boring cliche love interest.
Passenger 57 has dated bad. Its a film I remember enjoying a decade or so ago but now after watching it again I can't help but feel it's a bad unoriginal movie with no artistic merit. But then maybe with the exciting action scenes, charicature baddies and Wesley Snipes kicking butt, the film isn't so bad. Maybe.
A direct rip off of Diehard, as was the trend in the 1990's action movie genre, this is an OK thriller.
Directed by Kevin Hooks who has made low budget action thrillers such as Fled (starring Stephen Baldwin) and Black Dog run (Starring Patrick Swayze), there is a little bit of style, some good stunts, and the occasional bit of humour.
Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, a security expert caught on board a plane with terrorists taking over.
Bruce Payne plays the nasty British (Alan Rickman syle)villain with great witty lines as the lead terrorist, and is very good, sadly his career has not lead to bigger or better things.
Snipes whilst handling the action scenes well, does perhaps not deliver his lines with enough humour, like Bruce Willis did in Die Hard, or some of the action heroes in other Diehard clones.
The plot lacks a serious amount of logic, but that said the film is short in it's running time, quite pacy, delivers good fight scenes, a few gun shoot outs and a good explosion scene, so as an action film it delivers the goods, although the music score and fashion have dated it a bit.
Supporting cast includes Tom Sizemore and Elezebeth Hurly, both in early roles.
Overall a mixed bag, not quite great film making, not quite bad enough to be a 'B' movie, but not as good as other terrorist take over movies that were produced in the 90's, lacking the smart plotting of some of them, but still worth a watch if nothing else to do.
on 16 June 2016
I like this movie from when it was first released. If I just want to watch a light weight movie to relax it is one of the movies I watch. Okay acting and the story a little far fetch but basically a take your mind of your troubles type of movie.
on 4 November 2013
This was an old school film that I hadn't seen for a good few years, but I still had images and dialogue in my mind. Therefore I had to buy and watch this again. This truely is, as several critics usually say, a Saturday evening popcorn movie that's entertaining and fun.
on 25 February 2010
The very big jet passenger plane has been hijacked. It lands on a very small airfield. Dead bodies are being dropped from the front door of the plane onto the tarmac. People are being executed........
The local rotund police chief turns from the horrifying scene and in a low growl, reminiscent of a scene from the Dukes of Hazzard, drawls into the camera - `Martha, make me one of your special coffees, it's gonna be a long day'.
Watching this film is like religion. You literally have to suspend your disbelief. All through it you are left wondering 'why?'. Why, for example, when the plane lands and is threatened with imminent total destruction, do the police authorities not immediately evacuate the local fair ground which, surprisingly, is less than 100m metres from the plane. The happy children play on, totally oblivious to the unfolding danger that they are in. They only become aware of the danger when the police are running through the fairground and the baddies are shooting everybody.
So it's fair to say that this is a bona fide, 100%, turkey on every level. Only watch it to marvel at the crassness of it, and on that level it's absolutely hilarious.
on 11 February 2014
John Cutter is a security expert, who is presently still mourning the death of his wife.
His friend, who works for an airline, offers him the job of chief of security, which he accepts.
He is then being flown to L.A. for the company's annual meeting, where he will be introduced as the new Chief of Security. But unfortunately for him, Charles Rane, a stoic and deranged terrorist, who was caught by the FBI and is also being flown to L.A. is on the plane.
And Rane's people are on board, who then takeover the plane but Cutter throws a monkey wrench into his plans....
Die hard on a plane with Wesley Snipes and a guy who is doing Alan Rickman on the cheap. The film lasts for about eighty minutes, and it's just silly dumb fun all the way through.
Payne is deliciously over the top as Rane, with lines such as 'There will be no pain' and a hatred for his father, he is the epitome of direct to video (at the time) bad guys getting upgraded to the big screen.
Between 1991 and 1994 and thanks to Die Hard, the majority of big screen bad guys were Brits, as our accent is just so evil.
Snipes is good, it's his best role as a good guy and he never really bettered this in a leading role (Blade doesn't count in my opinion)and commands the screen whenever he is on it.
Hurley is there for eye candy and is worthless, and Tom Sizemore is there for goodness knows what reason.
It's a fun Die Hard rip off that never out stays its welcome, and is as dated ad Snipes silly jeans.
on 29 October 2014
Another Bruce Payne classic! OK, I know this film is marketed as a Wesley Snipes vehicle, but in my view, Bruce steals the show! It's not that Wesley doesn't 'bring it' - of course he does - but Bruce seems to get the better chance to stretch his acting legs, and he makes the most of it. As Charles Rane, he's blue-blooded in every sense - aristocratic, arrogant, and utterly cold - and takes a casual pleasure in being an efficient and ruthless killer. He absolutely does not care how many lives he takes so long as he gains his end, and because he also happens to be both handsome and chillingly charming when he so wishes, a part of you can't help but admire him, even to the point of being relieved when he finally gets his comeuppance. The plot itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but the two leads make it gripping viewing, and there's even a nice touch of romance right at the end, when Charles Rane finally discovers the love of a good woman who can melt his icy heart and help him vanquish the inner demons from his hideous childhood - oh, no, wait, sorry, that's just my fantasy...! Enjoy!
on 3 January 2015
In the era of "British actors are good at playing villains" (it still exists), this action thriller was made, the said character is international terrorist Charles Rane (played with ice cold menace by Bruce Payne) aka "The Rane of Terror.
Rane and his associates (Liz Hurley being one of them) take over the flight threatening everyone onboard : unknown to them, John Cutter (Snipes), has eluded capture, bad news for the terrorists, as Cutter is a counterterrorism specialist, who's on a business trip as an advisor.
Cutter - recently widowed - quickly alerts his colleague Sly Delvecchio (Tom Sizemore), and they both take action from their respective locations. Cutter is assisted by Marti Slayton (Alex Datcher) who was berated by Cutter during a 'mock hijacking', they form an alliance to defeat the criminals onboard.
With the FBI and the local police, all assist Cutter and Slayton in ending the threat : Rane's remaining associates are arrested or killed, then in their final (and brutal) confrontation, Cutter kicks Rane out of the plane whilst in mid air flight.
It maybe under 90 mins, but director Kevin Hooks (24, Prison Break), manages to pack a lot in the allotted time, "57" may not be everyone's favourite action thriller, but obviously it has a level of realism not seen in similar movies today.
Of all the Die Hard clones there have been, and there have been many! Passenger 57 may just be the worst. The story follows Wesley Snipes' airline security expert John Cutter, who whilst undertaking a flight to L.A. gets embroiled in a hostage takeover led by evil bad man with a troubled childhood, Charles Rane. Cue quips, kicks and death defying tricks as Cutter strikes one for the good guys. Kevin Hooks' film works well enough on a very basic actioner level, due in the main to Snipes. Snipes was six years away from his signature role in Blade, and for sure he is a bona fide action star. As evidenced here, he has the charisma and body motions to carry the film thru its turgid script. It's a script that smacks of the writers sitting round a table and suggesting they put Snipes in a number of tricky situations and used that as an excuse for him to beat the crappola out of everyone. Oh and lets not forget the forced love story waiting to happen as well.
Ultimately it's just a lazy film that is the cash in that many realised it was upon its release. Bruce Payne manfully tries to make the unbalanced Charles Rane truly evil, but doesn't succeed. Liz Hurley, goddess of womanhood that she is, looks uncomfortable holding a gun, while leading lady Alex Datcher is hopelessly out of her depth. While the youthful looking Tom Sizemore and Bruce Greenwood also appear - but both are throwaway characters that you end up wishing we had had more of. Stanley Clarke's score is abysmal, it's the sort of score one expects to hear in a soft core porno movie - you know the kind where the protagonists are making love but they still have their underwear on! Yes that kind. Poor plotting, poor scripting and just about poor in technical execution. I don't ask much of the action genre, I really don't, but at least give the film some soul from which to entertain the popcorn masses. 3/10 for Snipes' fighting and Liz Hurley's legs.
on 27 March 2014
Since seeing this film showed on tv, love the adrenaline of suspense that now you have an action film (Non-stop) but with a different genre. Passenger 57 with action superstar Wesley Smiles is an adrenaline action film that has you routing for the good guy to get their man. If you are a fan of his get this & enjoy.