‘Altitude': Film Review

Denise Richards and Dolph Lundgren star in this B-movie actioner set on a plane.

Any B-movie in that Dolph Lundgren plays a bad man piloting a hijacked craft while “Ride of a Valkyries” blares on a soundtrack should not be wholly discounted. Especially when a princely movement star is not a categorical attraction, though rather plays second fiddle to not one though dual womanlike performers. The initial is Denise Richards as an FBI representative who encounters distant some-more than she bargained for on what was ostensible to be a slight flight, and a second is Greer Grammer (daughter of Kelsey), a former Miss Teen Malibu who surprisingly creates for an impressively badass villain.

Destined to be watched during home while gorging on pizza and beer, Altitude is no improved or worse than a large other genre offerings littering VOD listings and receiving a arrange of token melodramatic runs designed to make home consumers feel they’re removing a bargain. As with identical efforts, this one facilities performers who’ve seen improved box-office days, such as Richards, who hasn’t been means to contend her career movement after such late-’90s successes as Starship Troopers and Wild Things, and Lundgren, enjoying renewed recognition interjection to his appearances in a Expendables movies.

The story starts with warrant adjudicator Gretchen (Richards) ignoring a approach sequence during a moving conditions and removing demoted to a table assignment in D.C. On a craft ride, she gets bumped adult to initial category and winds adult sitting subsequent to a dapper, British-accented Terry (Kirk Barker), who strikes adult a flirtatious conversation. But he becomes visibly weakened by a attainment of several other passengers: Sharpe (Lundgren), Rawbones (Chuck Liddell), whose moniker ideally suits his demeanor, and Sadie (Grammer), who happens to be Terry’s ex. It turns out that Terry had tricked all of them in a valuables heist and has run off with a gems, and now they’re seeking both a rob and revenge. And a remunerative heist it contingency have been, given Terry offers Gretchen no reduction than $50 million to assistance him get off a craft alive.

Although Gretchen doesn’t trust him during first, she utterly pretty changes her mind after finding a moody attendant’s passed physique in a storage unit. With a assistance of an atmosphere organise (Jordi Vilasuso) who happens to be on board, she takes it on herself to spoil a criminals’ plans, with hell, not surprisingly, violation loose. Since a movement takes place wholly on a plane, it’s especially of a claustrophobic variety, with a shootouts and fistfights mostly rendered in nearby unintelligible fashion.

Still, executive Alex Merkin does pretty good with an apparently low budget, and a screenplay by Jesse Mittelstadt thankfully doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s not to contend it’s good, mind you, with a film’s final line, delivered by Richards, really not unfailing to go down in shade history. Richards acquits herself good as an movement star, demonstrating an considerable physicality that merits an onscreen credit for her Pilates instructor. Finally, there’s a fun generated by a coming of Jonathan Lipnicki, a tyke actor from Jerry Maguire, here amusingly camping it adult as a maddeningly eager moody attendant.

Production: Grindstone Entertainment Group, Taylor Dodge, Hollywood Media Bridge, Switzer Entertainment, Safier Entertainment, Rough Cut Films, Boundless Pictures, Tilt/Shift Films,  Firebrand
Distributor: Lionsgate
Cast: Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Greer Grammer, Kirk Barker, Jordi Vilasuso, Jonathan Lipnicki, Chelsea Edmundson, Chuck Liddell
Director: Alex Merkin
Screenwriter: Jesse Mittelstadt
Producers: Jonathan DelPonte, Phillip B. Goldfine, Tyler W. Konney, John Landolfi, Chad Law, Jared Safier, Richard Switzer
Executive producers: David Allen, Michael Bien, Rj Burne, Brandon Burrows, Jason Cherubini, Alexander Ferguson, Milan Friedrich, Mickey Gooch Jr., Hans Hernke, Joanna Koss, Alex Lebovici, Jordan Yale Levine, Jonathan Lipnicki, Michael Maccini, James Macmillan, Chad Oliver, Jason Owolabi, Courtney Lauren Penn, Steve Ponce, Nick Reed, Benjamin Sacks, Mike Santoro, John Sword, Randy Wayne
Director of photography: Dane Lawing
Production designers: Shannon Muldoon, Alex Napiwocki
Editor: Alex Merkin
Costume designers: Corey Czerwinski, Tomika Smalls, Elke Van der Steen
Composer: Bobby Tahouri
Rated R, 88 min.

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