The world is a scary place in this day and age, with all the threats and political fervor that comes with anything today. Tonight’s review looks at the documentation of one such event, and the measures that people will go through to get out of the complicated situations they we often fall into. A prime exclusive, tonight’s film comes with mixed reviews depending on what side of the spectrum you are looking at this movie from, but as always, I’ll do my best to approach this analytically to help you out. Robbie K coming at you once more as I take a look at:
Movie: 7005 (2020)
Reliant on Captions To Get the full
Sound Is Off Chaotic
Not Much In the Way of Character Development
While watching 7005 I found that the pacing was going to be interesting given how fast the credits were moving to the plane. Cutting corners seemed to bring no sleepless nights for this group as they moved through this movie at a constantly fast pace to get you into the drama. It works much in this film for it brings you into the film’s events as if you are actually living this experience with them. That immersion factor is greatly appreciated for me in films like this for the suspense and drama actually build quite well with it. The realistic setting does not hurt either in this drama and perhaps is the second strongest piece of this movie. This film really goes through the motions of keeping the movie as lifelike as possible, from the flight prechecks we all go through on our flight preparations, to the psychological, tense conversations that a hostage situation like this can cause. Don’t go in there expecting high fly shooting matches or intense fist fights in the narrow confines of the plane in this film. Instead prepare yourself for witnessing a recreation of an event like this where the dialogue is not an award-winning playwright’s cathartic release, but instead mimicking day do day conversations and desperate pleas for help. All of these moments are brought to life by good visual coordination, but it’s the acting that really hauls most of the quality of the film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is certainly the front man, dropping his romantic and over dramatic flair, for a much more contained role that shows off his talented portrayal of emotional control and methodic acting. Omid Memar, the newcomer for me, gets his hands wet in emotional acting, helping play a role that holds both stereotype and stereotype defying components all in one. He manages to keep most of his outbursts in check, and thanks to how emotionally charged the world is, the over the top moments actually worked to balance the character. These two are certainly the cornerstones of the world, but all other actors in the film accomplished quality levels of acting as well.
As for the limitations of the movie, it actually starts in the format of the captions. If you hate reading, then avoid the movie now for much of the film revolves around translations and reading quickly to get an idea of what is going on. I don’t mind the captions, but moving as fast as they did sometimes left me having to rewind to see what was said. Minor thing aside, the movie also has some sound flaws as well, the tapering voices sometimes a bit muffled for me, while other times all the screaming drowns out moments that could have been better designed with movie magic. Okay, outside of those nitpicky things here are the two major limitations for me in regards to this movie unleashing its full potential. The first is character development, or in this case lack of any character development. I’ve been spoiled by the award-winning films, who break the cinematic grounds with characters that start off one way, and we learn more and more about them. There are changes brought from the struggle to survive and the emotional reference connections they bring. While I definitely feel for Tobias (the main character), I can’t say there was as much investment in the character due to the lack of development. The other members of the crew and terrorist as well feel very flat, and without the movie magic it’s hard to really engage for me since I don’t have the political spark that others do. It boils down to the fact that movie’s realism and simplistic story, while appreciative, are also the limitations for this film for me. By getting so ingrained in the realism and having you live an event like this, they have thrown out some of the other components that make a movie, well a movie for me. While the realistic components are awesome to see, I’ll say that a hundred times over, I still would have liked more movie magic balanced into this film and more inclusion of the other casts to truly get the rip roaring tory I think they wanted to tell.
Amazon’s original film is certainly an experience that breaks from the current trends of the modern film making. The flight of 7005 is definitely one of the more realistic dramas, paying attention to details, political idealism, and the tension of these situation to really craft that virtual experience of the horrors of the world. Yet, it’s this straight shot focus of realism that also hurts the film for some, because you don’t get into the lives of the characters, and the players of this game are very shallow compared to other movies of this genre that have withstood the test of time. Overall, it’s perfect for a streaming movie and should be watched by those who can handle more realistic movies and the blood curdling shock factor that comes with it. However, the movie still has improvements to be the experience I think all audience members would like to partake in.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 6.0