Are you afraid of flying? I for one am petrified, whilst simultaneously intrigued, about what happens in that 7metre by 7metre space within the cockpit of a plane. 7500 is a new movie telling the story of a group of terrorists taking over an airliner which was sure to give a horrifying technical briefing of crashing a plane. 500 Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines brightly as the valiant pilot fighting to keep control. There was sure to be no snakes in the aisles for this intensely consuming drama.
Over the years movies have drawn back from the large locations and movie sets to explore films inside smaller spaces, such as Locke and Room, and this film, once again, proves how incredibly captivating they can be. The whole narrative is depicted through the cinematography in the cockpit which leaves you trapped inside this directors mind. There are flashing images of the security cameras inside the plane giving you a sense of what's commencing with the crew. The viewer is constantly gripped to their seat and nearly punching the screen unable to help the whole way through. When the drama starts to commence, the fact the audience aren't let into the world of the airport towers or the screaming passengers, made it an engaging thrill from start to finish. Joseph-Gordon-Levitt is also incredible in the movie and you feel immense empathy for his loss and struggles throughout. The most intense aspect of the movie is the realism felt as a viewer. The director uses the words in the script to detail what's needed to fly the plane between the characters and the injuries entailed are highly believable leaving the audience in a world of plausible drama. The sound effects also played a pivotal pact of the story as the constant door banging and ringing alarms doesn't let the audience differ away from the harrowing terror.
Films depicting the actions of terrorists comes across slightly melodramatic in their final speeches of mayhem on the screen. There were moments in the movie that appeared which weren't needed and created an overly mocked situation; for example when the plane is being taken down with Kenan's character screaming his final words. There were also minimal camera shots outside of the plane whilst flying which didn't give the audience a sense of what the characters were experiencing through their vision on the plane.
Patrick Vollrath has proven what can be done in such a small dimensional space for a film. Like a rollercoaster veering off the edge of the world you are drawn deeply into a view of extreme panic with the elated acting of bodies moving to the camera. The movie brings a positive outlook for many future directors over the next two years at what can be achieved if productions are confined to small studio spaces.