Flight of the Live Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007)

Flight of the Live Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007)

📅07 July 2010, 18:43

Flight of the Live Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007)

When John Heffernan and Sebastian Gutierrez were penning the screenplay for the 2006 thriller, Snakes on a Plane, they had to know they had a winner on their hands. They combined the two most popular phobias in America, sprinkled in a little Samuel L. Jackson and – voila! – a cult classic.

Not to be outdone, screenwriters Sidney Iwanter, Mark Onspaugh, and Scott Thomas put their minds to work to come up with the next biggest phobia shared by Americans: zombies! Just a year later, in 2007, they saw the fruits of their efforts on the big screen with Flight of the Live Dead: Outbreak on a Plane, which could have just as easily been called Zombies on a Plane if it weren’t for those pesky copyright lawyers.

So far, you probably have a good idea of what 80% of the movie is going to be, so I’ll fill in the blanks a little more here. On a flight from Los Angeles to Paris, a small group of passengers on board what appears to be the largest airplane in the history of the world, have little idea that amongst them is a mad scientist. How mad is he? He’s so mad that he has devised a way to make dead cells rejuvenate – essentially making it so one can never die. Of course, however, all the kinks aren’t quite worked out and what he has really created is a zombie – and she’s in the cargo hold. Well, we all how know how zombies love company, so you can figure out all the wacky hijinks that ensue.

While most of the movie is predictable, the special effect and cinematography are actually quite well done, which is a bit of an oddity considering this was a straight to video release. And even one acting performance really stood out at exceptional: Kevin J. O’ Connor as Frank. O’ Connor’s character is being transported to Paris by an InterPol officer for allegedly embezzling $35 million dollars from the Russian mafia, then crashing one of their planes. He plays the role with a sardonic wit that is both calculated, yet unexpected being, at times, meddlesome and, at times, heroic.

Other than that, Flight of the Living Dead quickly evolves into a zombie shooting gallery. If you are a zombie purest, you’ll delight in the grand special effects and incredible stunt work. And if you are a not a purest, then O’ Connor carries the movie enough for it to still be entertaining.

Brenda Hineman is a horror movie aficionado. When she’s not watching zombies and slashers, she writes about Halloween costumes at StarCostumes.com.

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