(Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Jake Weary, Landon Liboiron, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.
DVD Verdict: 'Altitude' follows a group of teens on a weekend getaway aboard a small plane. And yes, this story is told 95% in the air, so if you're claustrophobic in anyway re: your movie watching experiences, well, this ain't the one for you! Jessica Lowndes, who plays the lead roll here is INCREDIBLY beautiful ... knock 'em dead sexy! So, quite why she's hooked on a dweeb of a sad sack is beyond me!
Anyway, she is the rookie pilot in question, flying against her Army father's wishes, being that her mother had crashed and killed all on board some 20 years previous! Up in the skies, taking four of her friends to a concert, I think, suddenly an unexplained malfunction sends the aircraft climbing out of control into the heart of a mysterious storm.
Unable to get their bearings or contact the ground, the survivors gradually realize they have to start to do some incredible, heroic things to stay alive ... like harnessing yourelf inside the cockpit and leaping out onto the back of the plane - to try and unstick the rudder! Trust me, one way or another, it doesn't turn out well!
Supposedly, due to sights, glimpses of images outside, they believe that they are all locked in mortal combat with a terrifying supernatural force. Well, not to give anything away, but yeah, kinda sorta, I guess ... after a fashion!
This is one VERY contained film, features some really nice scenes re: that abovementioned rudder expedition, and the CGI, for a cheap, B-movie is actually very impressive. Indeed, the green screen 270-degree sheet that surrounds most of the plane gives us some great CGI images of what such a storm would look like. In the special features, we're informed that the filmmakers outsourced the CGI to China, so it's a shame they didn't keep it at home - as, why did such a job HAVE to leave the country to be completed? Money, one guesses re: budget!
Anyway, sure the script, direction, and acting are weak, cheesy lines spat out from all angles, but the ending is exhilerating, with the final twist VERY nicely played - and out of nowhere! This film is all about facing your fears and has to be admired for doing so on such a tight budget. [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Director Kaare Andrews
Altitude: Behind The Scenes
“Green Storm” featurette
Original Concepts Gallery