Written by John Delia
This television movie fits into the hackneyed cinema mold of predictable storyline ordinary camerawork, low-budget talent and the absence of any realistic special effects. If you can’t find anything else to rent, however, then it will do in a pinch. Geared for the terror crowd, the insipid acting, unimpressive script and implausible actions are all downsides for this film genre.
Devain Industries has completed their computerized airbus, and it’s ready for the big test. Two factions are at odds, however; the owner’s playboy son Charles Devain (Patrick Muldoon) insists on including passengers and the inventor Tom Woodard (Casper Van Dien) wants an empty flight for the trial run. Devain wins the argument, and the plane takes off without incident. When it nears a storm, however, the onboard computer has other ideas on how the flight should go.
Turbulent Skies doesn’t have much going for it, and some scenes are too unlikely for belief. But, if you can fantasize a bit beyond reality, the film does get entertaining. Having said this, I do want to caution those that are used to big film projects like United 93 and Flightplan that this film does not live up to those productions.
The movie uses the standard DVD format in widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 giving a good presentation on most all televisions. The film is unrated and contains violence and adult language. Turbulent Skies is 1 hour and 28 minutes long.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Not a good film as outlined above.