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Altitude – 4

Director – Kaare Andrews

Cast – Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron, Jake Weary

Release Year – 2010

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Ugh, I hate to say this but Altitude is one of those films I was really excited for when I first read on it but as time went on and reviews were consistently bad I knew I was going to hate this, and I did. What intrigued me originally was the mention of a Lovecraftian creature and the fact nearly the entire film takes place onboard an airplane, but sadly neither of those enjoyable elements of mine could save this from a very pathetic screenplay. Once again, another flick with potential thanks to some easy elements to benefit from, but these filmmakers were just as stupid as the characters in the movie.

Five recent high school graduates embark on an airborne journey before heading off their separate ways. Rookie pilot Sara seems to have everything under control at first, but when mysterious malfunctions leave them fearing for their lives the terror worsens when they are attacked by a giant supernatural force.

Well there you go, we have a simple story where our characters are seriously in a nowhere to run scenario being attacked by a giant supernatural beast and I DID NOT enjoy it. How the hell does that happen? In this case it happens when your writer is Paul A. Birkett. The film starts off well, giving us the usual development where a group of young adults go on an exciting trip pushing the boundaries of their comfort zones, and I was honestly pretty entertained for the majority of the film. The dialogue was horrible but I was intrigued and anticipating the horror that would eventually arrive after the first developmental act and the second act consisting of them losing power to an odd storm. The third act is where the carnage takes place, with them slowly dying off after being snatched away by a giant Lovecraftian squid/octopus-like beast somehow floating in mid-air. Yeah I know it’s not possible for cephalopods to fly, but throw in a small fantasy element and anything is possible. Of course, Birkett failed to do so and instead tried to justify the flying beast via one of the stupidest ways possible…and you’ll just have to watch the film for yourself to see it. Birkett really did have all of the necessary elements to make for a decent and simple horror flick, but poor character play, dialogue, and execution of the creature and its origin made this quite unbearable way before the end credits were rolling.

Director Kaare Andrews fared much better than Paul A. Birkett did, giving us good atmosphere and some pretty good SFX for the film’s low budget. He managed to keep my attention despite not much going on for the first two acts, and his atmosphere and visuals are the main reasons I did not hit the eject button and call it a night. Of course, even he did not come without his faults. The acting performances were pretty bad and his execution of the flashback scenes was pathetic. He did somehow find a way to provide some decent horror, with fair execution of the giant creature that took so long to appear. The sets used were good and he managed to do a vast majority of the film with live-action filming, so maybe this guy does have a chance in the genre despite the end result of Altitude. As for Paul A. Birkett, I hear McDonald’s is hiring.

Overall, Altitude is a piece of junk that I suggest you avoid. It had the potential to be something special, but it wasn’t.

Rating: 4/10

  1. mikey
    June 19, 2012 at 7:38 am

    can you just ruin it for me??? i really dont want to find it and watch it just to see the crap origin


    so other people wont see i guess haha

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