Its movies like “7500” that make me wish I paid more attention to how talented some actors and actresses can be when it comes to stepping outside of their comfort zone and today Joesph Gordon-Levitt is that the example/victim. Example because he’s a criminally underrated actor who truly gives his utmost effort and devotion to an otherwise standard and underdeveloped character and letting his solid central performance hold the film reasonably aloft but also a victim because the performance only does so much to cover a rather formulaic skybound thriller. Patrick Vollrath makes an impressionable mark in his directorial debut to mildly entertaining results as the risks are clear enough to indict suspense, the direction is serviceable enough and some cinematography and editing shots did a great job of taking ahold of the suspense, stress, tension and claustrophobia if the situation; to be fair, the one "room" setting in the airplane cockpit wrings all of the thrills and suspense it can. But a rather lackluster second half, a silly-ish anticlimactic ending and the screenplay almost defiant in its lack of actual characters take points away from an otherwise solidly paced thriller that didn’t seem to fully deliver on its concept, not to mention it rides heavily on cliche on cliche with no real rendition or improvement made to it, especially adding in ol’ terrorist and white saviour tropes. Cinema does not need any space for perpetuating anymore racial or religious stereotypes, especially in the year 2020.
The film gains minor altitude in the first thirty minutes but then quickly loses its grip and almost nosedives into an area I had no intention on going to. Joesphs wholesome performance banter is what the film relies almost entirely on to keep us invested on how stressful flying a plane and being stuck in the cockpit can be but not much comes out of it nor does it leave me wanting to come back and revisit it. It doesn’t feel passionless but there’s not much substance to keep ones attention.