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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Retrospective: Top 10 Best Plane Hijack Movies



Action movie about plane hijack is making a major comeback this Thursday on 27 February with Jaume Collet-Serra's NON-STOP, starring none others than Liam Neeson as an air marshal. To recap some of the best plane hijack movies that has already been around for decades, here are my personal Top 10 pick as below:


10. EXECUTIVE DECISION (1996)

This is the big-budget action movie that best remembered for killing off Steven Seagal's character halfway. With the help of LETHAL WEAPON producer Joel Silver, first-time director Stuart Baird knows well how to stage plenty of exhilarating action set-piece -- especially the climactic finale where Kurt Russell's character attempts to land the plane down onto the runway.

9. SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006)

Instead of regular American or foreign terrorist(s) hijacking a plane, why not throw all kind of poisonous snakes instead? SNAKES ON A PLANE is a fun B-movie with Samuel L. Jackson headlined the cast. Who can forget his now-signature dialogue of "Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherf**king snakes on this motherf**king plane!"?

8. TURBULENCE (1997)

Back in the '90s, Ray Liotta was one of the best onscreen villains in the Hollywood cinema. Now imagine putting him with Lauren Holly in an out-of-control plane flying into the turbulence. Liotta delivers an entertaining performance as the charming serial killer, while Lauren Holly made quite an impression -- if not sometimes annoying -- anti-hero performance who tries to stop him from crashing the plane.

7. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)

Okay, this is obviously a cheat here since THE DARK KNIGHT RISES isn't a plane hijack movie at all. But really, the epic opening scene where Bane (Tom Hardy) and his crew hijack a plane mid-air is one hell of a spectacular action set-piece. That particular scene is even greater to watch for if you happen to catch this in the IMAX cinema.

6. CON AIR (1997)

A fun, summer action movie from the factory of Jerry Bruckheimer's production. It was silly, alright but it's also hard to resist watching the long-haired (ahem) Nicolas Cage taking down a bunch of prisoners including John Malkovich, Ving Rhames and Steve Buscemi on a prison plane.

5. FLIGHTPLAN (2005)

It's Alfred Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES transports from the train to plane setting. The result is a tense and claustrophobic thriller directed by German filmmaker Robert Schwentke (making his Hollywood debut here). Not to forget also is a typically engaging performance from Jodie Foster, who made a comeback after a long hiatus in a leading performance since 2002's PANIC ROOM.

4. PASSENGER 57 (1992)

This is the movie that cemented Wesley Snipes' career reputation as an action hero of the '90s. While PASSENGER 57 has plenty of preposterous moments, this fast-paced actioner is actually fun and entertaining enough to check out for. Snipes is engaging as the bad-ass hero here, while Bruce Payne made quite an impression playing a cold-blooded terrorist named Charles Rane. And here is Snipes' best catchphrase in this movie: "Do you ever play roulette? Always bet on black".

3. RED EYE (2005)

A rare straightforward thriller from the horror-meister Wes Craven (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), and a great one as well. Blessed with two impressive performances from Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy, RED EYE is one edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller you just have to watch.

2. UNITED 93 (2006)

One of the best movies directed by Paul Greengrass (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) and definitely one of the most intense movies ever made surrounding the events of 9/11. A gripping movie not to be missed.

1. AIR FORCE ONE (1997)

This is it. After all these years, AIR FORCE ONE remains my No.1 movie of all time when comes to plane hijack genre. Harrison Ford is impeccable as the no-nonsense US president, while Gary Oldman is equally top notch as the main terrorist here. A huge hit in 1997, and no doubt one of the best movies ever made from DAS BOOT director Wolfgang Petersen.

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