Not worth the time it took...
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is, without a doubt, THE worst movie I have ever seen! It actually gets "O" stars for my rating. For many years, that title belonged to "Red Dawn" hands-down but this has, unfortunately, topped it. The acting is SO bad that it is offensive (did they actually get paid?!). Half the time the actors who were supposed to have 'middle-eastern accents' would forget that little fact and start speaking without one - in mid-sentence. The plot of the movie is that a plane (a very small one - yet it had an elevator - yes, an elevator!) is hijacked (by how many terrorists? - who knows - it seemed you could never get a confirmed number) and on board there turns out to be an air marshal to save the day. Appropriately, and soon enough, we got to see this "super-man" type character bare-chested, karate-chopping and "hi-yah!"-ing his way all over this rather small aircraft, most of the time without the knowledge of the other terrorists. And, as always, they have to stick in a little kid that is wise beyond his years and can figure out things adults cannot (it didn't even phase a flight attendant that at one point the child was in control of flying the aircraft). Eli Danker, the 'head' terrorist, gives his usual performance but I wished he could not be associated with this film at all. As a matter of fact, my strong suggestion is that all of the people associated with this film in any way, shape or form NEVER go near any type of camera equipment, film studio or even a movie theater ever again! Bottom line - whether you spend money to rent this movie or you see it for free you'll be sorry!"
Jim Liftin | Fort Wayne, Indiana | 03/27/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I love airplane disaster films, even one as "bad" as the TV-movie "Horror at 37,000 Feet," but "Air Marshal" is embarrassing! It is so badly written, badly acted, and badly made, this airplane disaster movie is a DISASTER unto itself. The prologue made no sense and you couldn't even connect it to the rest of the movie. The model used for the shots of the plane in flight is so blatantly obvious to be a model, even down to the white-painted centers of the wheels on the landing gear, and it did not look like it was flying, but computer-pasted on a bland sky background. It's the kind of thing cinema students would make for their cinema class. What really killed it for me were (1) the plane rolling smoothly on the rough terrain of grass without the landing gear buckling, (2) for the kid (a) to remain unaffected by witnessing the terrorist slit the pilot's throat, and (b) to know how to lower the landing gear, and (3) for the flight attendant to say and do nothing regarding the kid while all that was going on. So, unless you're studying bad movies, include it in a "bad movie" festival or marathon, or thinking of giving it to the crew of MST3K to watch and make comments, avoid this movie at ALL COSTS!
However, if the story intrigues you, then the best movie to watch is "Executive Decision" with Kurt Russell or "Air Force One" with Harrison Ford. Actually, I think someone here saw "Executive Decision," and thought to himself, "I can make that kind of a movie.""
This air DISASTER movie is a DISASTER in its self
DukeCarMaster987 | A hot, dry, and sticky place | 09/04/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a total piece of crap.
I went to the local Blockbuster Movie Rental service and decided to rent this flick, it seemed to have a catch title, and had a lot of good reviews on the cover. Seemed like I treated myself, huh?
The acting in this movie is teribble. You can tell that people have forgotten their lines (not to mention the actors are bad themselves). The movie is rated R, which I can understand, due to a lot of saying f***, stabbing, gun shots, and sexual references.
The plane when it is flying in the sky is so computer animated. It does not look real at all.
The main plot is that a group of terrorists decides to hijack a small CRJ-700 Jet (for all of you that has no idea what that is, it is a small jet usually used from city to city for short flights). Little do they know that an air marshal (played by Dean Cochran) is on board and "will save the day." The terrorists hide guns in the first-aid box on the plane,knives out of backpack straps, and steal tazers from the LOCKED cabin. Imagine that. After many graphic,violent scenes, and an almost hit with a civilain cruise ship liner, they land safely in some field on some remote island.
If you want to waste your time on a movie I can guarantee you won't like, get this. If you want something better, try Air Force 1.
This would make an excellent Barney episode."