TURBULENCE

A Bumpy Ride

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Release Date: January 01, 1997

Starring: Ray Liotta & Lauren Holly

Genre: Action-adventure

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 minutes

Distributor: MGM

Director: Robert Butler

Executive Producer:

Producer: Martin Ransohoff & David
Valdes

Writer: Jonathan Brett

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Content:

(Pa, LLL, VVV, S, A) Pagan worldview; 22 obscenities, 6 vulgarities & 2 profanities; extreme violence including a graphic strangling scene, stabbing, multiple shootings, & explosions; no sex but some sexual talk; and, alcohol use

Summary:

A DIE HARD wanna-be, TURBULENCE stars Ray Liotta as a crazed killer who has his own plans for a 747 passenger plane. Though good eventually wins out over evil, the overall experience provides little genuine entertainment, excessive and graphic violence, foul language, and the constant urge to look at your watch. TURBULENCE is a bumpy ride.

Review:

In this DIE HARD wanna-be called TURBULENCE, Ray Liotta portrays Ryan Weaver, a convicted serial killer, a.k.a. The Lonely Hearts Strangler, who is being transported on Christmas Eve from New York to Los Angeles. It is just his luck, having an affinity for cute blondes, that Lauren Holly is an attendant on the flight. The pilot is less than thrilled to be transporting convicted killers on Christmas Eve, even if he is flying an almost empty 747.

The flight attendants flip a coin to see who will service their convicted passengers. Holly loses the bet. The chemistry between Holly and Liotta is immediate but shallow. He annoys her, but she tries to be polite and do her job. Stubbs, another convict in transport, manages during a bathroom break to stab one guard and shoot the other in an all too predictable plot scheme. Liotta quickly takes charge, and, while there was some question initially as to his guilt, quickly shatters any polite facade, revealing himself to be the psychotic killer which he is. By the time the initial shoot-out and stabbing are complete, both pilots and all four Federal agents are dead, leaving some very scared passengers hiding out in the flight attendant’s quarters in the back of the plane.

The plot suffers from predictability and stupidity. The plot lines are a combination of AIRPLANE, DIE HARD and the Stallone movie of your choice, and it falls miserably short of its goal. The characters are only sporadically genuine. Liotta’s performance seems to be a replay of the same psychotic thriller persona, rehashed with less conviction. The movie is only saved by a happy ending, after many close brushes with death. The only absorbing material in the film are some of the special effects scenes as the 747 enters a major storm and later during the landing attempts.

From a spiritual standpoint, there is no way to encourage this film. Though good eventually wins out over evil, the overall experience provides little genuine entertainment, excessive and graphic violence, foul language and the constant urge to look at your watch. TURBULENCE is a bumpy ride.

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In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

A DIE HARD wanna-be, TURBULENCE stars Ray Liotta as Ryan Weaver, a crazed killer on a 747 passenger plane. Weaver is The Lonely Hearts Strangler, who is being transported on Christmas Eve from New York to Los Angeles. The flight attendants flip a coin to see who will service their convicted passengers. Lauren Holly, playing a stewardess, loses the bet. Weaver annoys her, while she tries to be polite and do her job. When another convict, named Stubbs, stabs one guard and shoots another, Weaver takes charge. Soon, both pilots and all four Federal agents are dead, leaving some very scared passengers. Holly must avoid being killed and land the plane safely.

The movie’s plot suffers from predictability and stupidity, like a bad combination of AIRPLANE & DIE HARD. The characters are only sporadically genuine. Liotta’s performance seems to be a replay of the same psychotic thriller persona, rehashed with less conviction. The movie is only saved by a happy ending, after many close brushes with death. From a spiritual standpoint, there is no defensible way to promote this film. Though good eventually wins out over evil, the overall experience provides little more than excessive and graphic violence, foul language and the constant urge to look at your watch. TURBULENCE is a bumpy ride