Slade craven rock superstar and reigning king of death metal has planned a concert unlike anything the world has ever seen. Hell be performing for a cargo load of lucky fans on board a 747 jumbo jet as it flies from los an... more »geles to toronto. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 02/06/2007 Starring: Joe Mantegna Gabrielle Anwar Run time: 96 minutes Rating: R« less
In this cheesy but fun airplane-disaster movie with a rock n roll twist, "Death Rock" star named Slade Craven (whose looks and music are quite obviously inspired by Marilyn Manson) is performing his "final concert" in mid-air on a special airplane flight (in front of a group of fan club contest winners) which is also being broadcast live over the internet. Once it's in the air, the plane is hijacked by a group of Satanic cultists who view Craven as a "false prophet" and plan to crash the flight into a Church, the rationale being that their sacrifice will finally unleash their Dark Lord.... I swear to God, I'm not making this plot up. But wait, it gets better. Our Marilyn Manson looking hero eventually has to save the day all by himself, by fighting off the hijackers AND landing the plane with the help of some FBI agents and a computer hacker on the ground. For a while this movie turns into a remake of "Die Hard 2" with the Manson wanna-be in the John McClane role.
Needless to say, the movie is hilariously silly and not "metal" in the slightest. I actually felt pity for the usually dependable B-Movie stalwarts Rutger Hauer and Joe Mantegna, who both make appearances here and who are obviously just there to pick up a paycheck.
Despite its so called "Heavy Metal" leanings, I doubt even VH1 Classic would air this movie. "Turbulence 3" is not a "Movie That Rocks."
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Believe it or not...
Jeffrey Ellis | Richardson, Texas United States | 07/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Believe it or not, this is actually not that bad of a film. Now, that shouldn't be taken to mean that this is a particularly good film, either but as far as implausible B-movies taking place on hijacked airplanes without pilots go, Turbulence 3 is definitely one of the better examples of the genre.
Basically, the film deals with Slade Craven, a "goth" rock star that is obviously meant to conjure up memories of Marilyn Manson. Bizarrely enough, the two songs that Craven actually performs in the film are actually fairly good. Like a lot of things in this film, the songs are actually something that the producers could have easily blown off but instead, for whatever reason, they actually went to the effort necessary to keep things at least occasionally entertaining. Anyway, for some reason, Craven's latest concert is going to be a pay-per-view extravaganza held inside a 747 flying to Canada. Of course, the idea of holding a concert in an airplane while the airplane is actually in flight is nothing short of ludicrous. Of course, it's no more ludicrous than Rutger Hauer, of all people, popping up as the plane's copilot without raising anyone's suspicions. The filmmakers to their credit, don't waste any time trying to justify this insanity but instead they cheerfully embrace the silliness of it all and roll with it.
In quick order, the flight ends up getting hijacked by your typical group of demented Satanists. While the plane's helpless passengers -- a nice combination of decadent goths, confused stewardesses, and bandmates who wouldn't be out of place in a shock rock sequel to Almost Famous -- fight for their lives, a ground-based computer hacker (Craig Sheffer) works with a tightly wound yet secretly frisky FBI agent (Gabrielle Anwar) to thwart the hijacker's sinister plans. (Those plans never quite make sense but, by this point, we've already been forced to accept the sight of a concert being held in a 747 and it's already too late to quibble about plausibility.)
Strangely enough, this all works in it's nicely demented way. This is a fun film and, if for nothing else, it deserves credit for not insulting the viewer's intelligence by trying to be anything other than an entertaining action-comedy. The script is full of a few pithy one-liners that serve almost to satirize all the awful "comic" relief that audiences have been subjected to in every big-budget action film produced since the late '80s. As well, the film's actors all seem to be having fun and it comes across to the viewer. Special notice should be given to Joe Mantegna, who seems to be chanelling none other than Airplane's glue-sniffing Lloyd Bridges, as a by-the-book FBI agent, Hauer, Anwar, and, surprisingly, Craig Sheffer who, for once, manages to turn in a performance as something else than the most boring human being alive. The film's strongest peformance comes from an unknown by the name of John Mann who manages to make Slade Craven into an actual, almost compelling human being as opposed to a cardboard cut-out of Marilyn Manson.
Turbulence 3 is the type of time waster that gives wasting time a good name."
Best in a Bad Series
Jeffrey Ellis | 08/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard that this movie existed, my initial thought was "Why?". Having seen the big budget parent of this series, which was a colossal dud, and the lackluster direct to video turbulence 2: fear of flying, how could they do it? How could they keep making these movies? Imagine my surprise when I found this one entertaining, albeit strictly in a "so bad it's good" sort of way. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Marilyn Manson played an action hero? I never did either but Goth Rocker Slade Craven is forced into that role through an unlikely set of circumstances. This film continues the direct to video Turbulence trend of having semi-known actors filling supporting roles. In Turb2, it was Tom Bernger, in Turb3, watch for Joe Mantegna and Rutger Hauer. One question I would pose to those who view the film. Just what is it that makes Eastern Kansas the unholiest place on Earth as alledged by the religious cult that hijacks the plane?"
What were they thinking of??
mobby_uk | London United Kingdom | 08/23/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know if I have seen the same movie as the other reviewers, but I can safely say that it is one of the worst I have seen.
A heavy metal concert abroad a plane..a Marilyn Manson lookalike..a rock star that is taught how to land a plane. Please! spare me.
The action sequences and dialogue are closer to comedy, not intended I tell you.
I am baffled as to what on earth Rutger Hauer, Gabrielle Anwar and Joe Mantegna are doing there???
Maybe with other less known and talented actors, the film would have been more bearable.
The only saving grace in all this mess, is watching Anwar and Monika Schnarre, two very beautiful women, but sadly the script and direction are a waste.
Save your $$s for a proper action film, and give this one a miss."
Not as bad as you might expect
Film Person | Austin, TX | 01/24/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, how did they manage to get Joe Mantegna, Gabrielle Anwar and Craig Sheffer in this? Poor Joe must have his career on life support if he has to do this stuff.But seriously, I actually stumbled across this on cable and actually watched it from beginning to end. The idea of having a concert on an airplane is certainly unique, albeit ridiculous one (somehow they managed to find a large stage area, with a light show and extensive props. Where??).Anyway, the film holds your interest and there's a sense of fun about it. It doesn't take itself seriously and you find yourself actually getting caught up in it. As far as a B-MOVIE, it's not half bad.But I'm STILL wondering how the heck they managed to stage a concert inside a 747."