‘Flight 7500’ – Takashi Shimizu’s Supernatural Thriller


Looking at only the numbers in the title, you probably would not guess anything in this new supernatural thriller named “Flight 7500.” I usually do not watch movies after reading a complete review or getting to know any spoilers, so I went for this movie without even knowing that it is a supernatural movie. But soon after I know that it is a Takashi Shimizu film, I end up raising my expectation to the level of Grudge and Ju-on.

Just to begin with, the film starts with an ensemble cast consisting of flight crew members and passengers boarding a transpacific flight 7500 that departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. Minutes after the flight takes off unusual things start occurring.

First, they experience huge turbulence that leaves a middle-aged man named Lance in a panic attack followed by incessant bleeding from his mouth and eventually death. The captain decides to continue the 10-hour long journey to Tokyo without an emergency landing. From the beginning of the film, you will get to know a very nice development of the plot with characters; each having a wish in their life or the discontentment of missing out on something.

‘Flight 7500’ has a fascinating premise with diverse characters

No doubt, ‘Flight 7500’ sets a fascinating premise where every character is different. This includes a married couple who are about to call it the end of their togetherness; another couple who seems to be on the north and south pole of each other; an air hostess who is in an affair with the pilot of the same plane, who is already married; a suspicious businessman; a thief who doesn’t even bother to steal from the dead body; a hippy girl and more.

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Although writer Craig Robinson started it all well with nice characterization, they all fall apart in the midway as the plot gets a bit too messy with its philosophical overtone.

However, I must mention here that if the director or writer were sure of anyone’s idea, be the supernatural presence with some kind of cultural belief, or be it the development of any shady character, ‘Flight 7500’ could have been a lot better.

Nevertheless, as I usually do not give any spoilers, I would like everyone to watch this but not as an out-and-out horror movie. ‘Flight 7500’ does have a few creepy moments but not enough to attract all horror movie buffs.

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Nicky Whelan, Jamie Chung, Christian Serratos, Scout Taylor-Compton, Jerry Ferrara, Alex Frost, Johnathan Schaech
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
Written by: Craig Rosenberg
Release Date/Year: The film was first released in the Philippines on June 11, 2014, but it was released in the US much later on April 12, 2016.

‘Flight 7500’ – Here is the movie trailer

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