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.
Action / Crime / Thriller
Action / Crime / Thriller
Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to.
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