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A pretty tight and tense single location thriller that for the most part manages to keep the momentum going, although it loses steam a bit in the final act and starts to drag. Also very impressed by Gordon-Levitt, who carries much of the film by himself. The use of the quotation at the start is very pretentious but once you get past that there's a lot to like here.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a co-pilot dealing with a hijacking in real time in 7500, a procedural airplane film that manages to engage despite its minimalist approach. Aside from the opening credits, which show airport security footage, the camera never leaves the cabin from its sight, there is no score, and though there are some movie tropes at play - the loved one under threat, the non-zealot who might be turned - they are still dealt with in a real-world fashion. I don't think the film ever cheats in its resolutions. One of the things the lack of score enables is the right atmosphere. The sounds and feelings evoked in the first act gave me a real sense memory of how it feels to be on an airliner - the smell, the g-force, the tension - and though I know it's not possible, I could almost swear Gordon-Levitt is actually in a real cockpit on take-off. A simple story, not entirely original, but the way it's done, putting you right in closed quarters with the pilot, with only glimpses of what's happening elsewhere, really works for me. I like well-crafted procedurals, and Gordon-Levitt never feels anything less than absolutely real.
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