Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an American co-pilot who is scheduled to fly a plane from Berlin to Paris. Joining him is a captain from Berlin. But shortly after the flight takes off, Tobias and his fellow pilot discover the plane has been taken over by a group of terrorists. The terrorists begin to make demands to enter the cockpit, or they will start to kill hostages. Tobias needs to fly the plane to safety but naturally feels committed to doing whatever he can to protect the lives of his passengers.
As a plot, 7500 is quite a dramatic story. While I’m not a professional by any means when it comes to flying an aircraft, to me, the film has attempted to be authentic in regards to the situation with terrorists taking over the plane. We witness Tobias having to make many challenging choices while still having to control the aircraft itself. Should he let a terrorist in the cockpit to save the life of another? This is one of the many challenges he will face throughout the film. I found these choices incredibly gripping thanks to the work of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt once again gives an incredible performance, and by the end of this film, I felt impressed by what he was able to bring to the character. He shows high levels of emotion and conflict as well as also reflecting strength.
The style of filming is also great. Other than the movie opening and ending credits, the film is set within the plane’s cockpit. While having the film set in one location isn’t anything new and feels familiar, it’s still enjoyable because this single location has never been done on screen before. I was also surprised at how well the camera was able to capture actors and all their movements within such a small, closed-off area.
I generally enjoyed this film, but there were a couple of minor elements which I feel will bother movie lovers. The biggest challenge in this film is accepting the choices that characters make during the runtime. Perhaps these moments feel more like characters were just lucky, or it was a coincidence. There was more than once where I found myself questioning character decisions, and I wondered if the choices they made would really occur given the situation. In the end, I don’t know. It’s just a movie.
Overall, for the most part, I found this film extremely enjoyable. The performance alone from Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic, and he proves yet again that he’s a very talented actor. Even if you don’t agree with individual choices that are made by key characters during this film, I still found there was plenty of suspense on screen. It’s quite an achievement considered the film’s topics and even the filming location being such a small area. 7500 is best enjoyed by those who have also loved films such as Locke, Buried and Captain Phillips.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden