7500: A New Thriller Hits Amazon (Review)
Directed by: Patrick Vollrath
Starring: Joseph Gordon -Levitt
Run time: 92 minutes
Release date via Amazon: June 19,2020
Movie lovers are desperate for new content with theaters closed for months. Movie studios and streaming services are doing their best to answer that call with some new content headed directly to their platforms. Amazon’s latest thriller 7500 is just what action and thrill junkies will enjoy watching. Shot almost entirely in the cockpit of a passenger airline and giving only glimpses of action outside, audiences are thrust directly into the action taking place in a very tight atmosphere. Having been a fan of thriller and action films for a while I was intrigued by 7500. For those who do not know, 7500 is the code pilots use for when a plane is being hijacked. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an American co-pilot Tobias Ellis who’s average day on the job turns into a game of life or death.
When terrorists hijack the cockpit it’s up to Tobias to try and land the plane safely and keep the terrorists from re-entering the cockpit after he successfully fights them off. It honestly gets more and more emotional as the film goes on and you start to develop a connection watching what this young man is going through who just wants to survive and keep his passengers safe. At the very beginning, it’s established that Tobias’s girlfriend a flight attendant is also on board and that the two have a son. The stakes are high right from the start and its a lot of pressure to put on one man who is already injured from fighting off the terrorists. The establishing shots at the start of the film really get the viewer involved showing us views to keep us engaged in all the key players involved. You know something sinister is about to go down but you aren’t sure when.
Gordon-Levitt’s performance is nothing short of remarkable and emotionally stirring. You can literally feel the claustrophobic and tense atmosphere with the way it was shot and I am sure that is exactly what Director Patrick Vollrath intended. This is also probably an intimate look inside an airplane’s cockpit that many watching have rarely seen. The flow of the film has a good pace to it that prevents it from becoming stale and repetitive. Viewers will stay engaged throughout the entire film while some may say it’s been done before. I think it’s very very well done for what it is. I enjoyed watching it and also enjoyed the unique cinematography used throughout the film. I leave it up to you the viewer on whether you agree or not but it is worth giving it a chance. With so little new content in the past few months because of COVID-19, this is a welcome addition to Amazon.
*Amazon provided a screener for this review*