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Altitude


Rod Lott October 23rd, 2010

 

Among other frightening fare, the fall season recently brought "Devil" to theaters, which took place almost entirely in an elevator with five people. Skipping theaters is the new-to-DVD "Altitude," which takes place almost entirely in a small plane. How small? Think Buddy Holly.

En route to a weekend of fun, five young people experience anything but when their aircraft —” piloted by newbie pilot Sara (Jessica Lowndes) —” essentially stops working, enters one mother of a storm, and prompts all hell to break loose in the cramped cabin. As the cover and trailer both reveal, the imperiled passengers come across a supernatural force in the form of a tentacled creature in the clouds. While that may not be a surprise, it's the step between the "how it happens"” that is.

The fresh-scrubbed quintet of not-so-frequent flyers does fine, with the exception of Jake Weary as Sal. He's supposed to the resident dick of the group — and is — but plays the character far too over-the-top for the material, almost as if he were participating in a "Saturday Night Live" skit poking fun at the movie.

The modestly budgeted film works well enough, delivering that old "The Twilight Zone"-style of storytelling, even if its twist ending is lame. That runs counter to its nightmarish prologue, which certainly will pull more than a few casual viewers in.

Extras include a 10-minute featurette on what it's like to shoot nearly an entire movie in front of a green screen, and a 45-minute documentary covering the full-blown affair from pre- to post-production. If you're going to see one stranded suspenser from Anchor Bay Entertainment this Halloween, pick "Frozen." But for a double feature ... —”Rod Lott

 
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