My wonderful daughter and granddaughter are winging their way away to spend a fun Easter holiday…elsewhere. I thought I would take this opportunity to show her that air travel is perfectly safe.
Alas, none of the fabled Airport movies are currently available on Netflix nor are the two Airplane movies that spoofed them. Air Force One, which would be ideal considering Olympus Has Fallen is currently in theaters, is also a no show as is the lower rent Turbulence series.
Concorde Affair (1978) – Not rated
“When the Concorde crashes off the island of Martinique during a routine test flight, two passing fishermen pick up the sole survivor: a confused stewardess. But the plot thickens when she disappears, prompting a reporter to investigate.”
Concorde Affair was also known as Concorde Affair ’79 presumably to steal some of the advertising for Airport ’79: The Concorde.
Aftermath (1990) – Not rated
“A plane crash proves to be an epic tragedy. But for one woman, the pilot’s wife, the terrifying event opens a mystery. When the airline announces pilot error brought down the plane, she tries desperately to uncover the truth of what really happened.”
On the lighter side we have:
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) – Rated R
“Think you’ve had a bad day? At every turn, marketing exec Neal Page’s (Steve Martin) plans to get home to his family for Thanksgiving get foiled, and somehow the loudmouthed, idiosyncratic fellow traveler Del Griffith (John Candy) is always right next to him driving him nuts. Will this odd couple make it to Chicago without killing each other? Ben Stein and Edie McClurg also appear in writer-director John Hughes’s comedy classic.”
Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 (2010) – TV-MA
“On the heels of a humiliating incident in which he was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight because of his generous size, director Kevin Smith bites back in this television comedy special filmed in his hometown of Red Bank, N.J. Part concert and part Q&A session, the performance finds Smith recounting tales about smoking pot with Seth Rogen, working with Bruce Willis on the critically reviled film Cop Out and more.”
Sometimes something viral comes along:
Airborne (2012) – Unrated
“After takeoff, the passengers on a plane discover that the pilots have been brutally murdered. Suddenly, the plane disappears off the radar, and one by one, the passengers turn into dangerous, bloody psychopaths.”
Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) – Rated R
“When a virus that turns its victims into crazed killers infects travelers on an airplane, authorities seal off the jet to let the bug run its course. Realizing they’ve been left to die, a flight attendant and a passenger plan a daring escape.”
Occasionally science fiction intrudes on an otherwise normal flight.
Millenium (1989) – Rated PG-13
“As investigator Bill Smith sifts through the wreckage of two jumbo jets, cryptic clues from flight attendant Louise lead to a startling discovery: Louise has come from the future to repopulate her dying civilization by abducting doomed passengers.”
The Langoliers (1995) – Rated PG-13
“Ten people awake on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to discover that the other passengers, the flight crew and the pilots have disappeared. After a passenger (David Morse) manages to land the plane, the small group of survivors soon makes a startling discovery. Not only are they alone on the plane — they’re alone on the planet. The sole sound on Earth comes from the mysterious Langoliers, who are systematically destroying everything in their path.”
Have a happy Easter!