Writer: Paul A Birkett (Screenplay)
Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron, Jake Weary, Mike Dopud
Plot: 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.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Horror in the Sky
Story: Altitude starts when Sara (Lowndes) looks to put her demons of losing her mother as a pilot to rest as she aims to become a pilot herself, one of her first solo flights involves taking her friends Mel (Guill), Cory (Donowho), Bruce (Liboiron) and Sal (Weary) across country. We get the usual problems between the friends with Sara and her boyfriend Bruce going their separate ways after school, while Sal is being the traditional asshole of a horror film.
During the flight a routine procedure leads to the plane getting stuck in the middle of a storm where they have to make difficult decisions as they could be overloaded. To make matters worse Sal believes he might have seen it something in the storm but the truths of their friendships really come to surface as they have to survive against an unknown beast of the sky.
Altitude is a horror film that puts all of the fear in the sky, where there is no escape from the horrors. We do get the generic storylines around the characters fighting between themselves. We don’t see the creature chasing them through the storm, but the highlight of this film is in the final act where the film really shines. In the end this is just a solid good horror film that is a good watch.
Jessica Lowndes: Sara is our rookie pilot who is following in her mother’s footsteps who died when she was young. She is taking her friends across country before they have to move on with their lives. She has to deal with all of the plane problems alone but only being a trainee she also keeps everything calm. Jessica is good in this role where she is in control.
Julianna Guill: Mel is one of the friends on the plane, her boyfriend is Sal but really she is in love with Cory, she wants to document everything going on during this adventure. Julianna does a solid job but almost gets forgotten during the film.
Ryan Donowho: Cory is one of the members on the plane, he is braver than the rest and in love with Mel, when the problems start happening he risks his life to save the rest. Ryan does a good job for his limited time in the film.
Landon Liboiron: Bruce is Sara’s boyfriend but he has a secret as he was there in the plane when her mother died, he has fallen in love with Sara but never told her the truth about what really happened and never wants to leave her. Landon does a solid job in this role but doesn’t get to levels you would like it to be.
Jake Weary: Sal is the asshole on the plane, he pushes everyone’s buttons the wrong way. He is the one character you take an instant hate towards as he slowly starts to look after himself with what is going on. Jake is good in this performance because his character puts everything in danger and it is always hard to make you hate a character.
Support Cast: Altitude only really has a supporting cast that appears in the flashbacks as we see what happened to Sara and Bruce in the past.
Director Review: Kaare Andrews – Kaare gives us a film that keeps us guessing from start to finish while offering a horror in the air working on so many levels.
Horror: Altitude puts the horror in the air with nowhere to run which is great for the genre.
Mystery: Altitude does leave us in a mystery as we don’t know what is happening through the storm.
Sci-Fi: Altitude gives us a sci-fi twist in the final act of the film.
Thriller: Altitude does keep you guessing to what is going on bringing us to the edge of our seats.
Settings: Altitude keeps all of the action on the small plane in the storm giving our characters nowhere to go for help.
Special Effects: Altitude doesn’t have the best effects but they are on a consistent level throughout.
Suggestion: Altitude is one for the horror fans to try, you may enjoy this by the end. (Try It)
Best Part: Final Twist.
Worst Part: Special effects.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Tagline: Fear Is in the Air.
Overall: Horror in the skies that makes you check every window next time you fly