When terrorists try to seize control of a Berlin-Paris flight, a soft-spoken American co-pilot struggles to save the lives of the passengers and crew while forging a surprising connection with one of the hijackers.
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Set entirely within a cabin of a commercial aircraft, this movie has a surprising amount of range. The confinement works well to strengthen this taut thriller.
There are brief but important introductions as the plane is ready for boarding. Once the door to the cockpit door is secured, you are locked in with the characters. After an initial burst of action, the movie ebbs and flows, with different people getting the upper-hand.
There are a couple of intense moments where you'll be unsure what will happen next and conflicted about the decisions being made. There are numerous emotional connections which drive the story – a father, a son, a lover – and feed upon the dreadful personal sacrifices verses the greater-good.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as the co-pilot, carries the movie, with a gentle yet commanding tone. The young actor playing a terrorist does well with self-doubt and confusion.