Rated: R For language and violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: November 6, 1992 Released by: Warner Brothers
Wesley Sipes (Jungle Fever and White Men Can't Jump) plays John Cutter, a security expert hired y an international airline. He's on one of their planes to fly to California to report for his first day of work. Unfortunately, Charles Rane (Bruce Payne), an airline terrorist, is also on board. He's in the custody of two FBI agents en-route to trail.
Rane and his cohorts take over the plane, they kill some passengers and pledge to kill more unless his demands are met. Rane is portrayed to be cold-blooded by asking his victims personal questions before killing them.
Cutter and Rane play cat and mouse on the plane, Cutter maneuvering his way into cubby holes and trap doors, surprising some of the terrorists by popping out at them and kicking them senseless.
The premise is there for a good thriller, but the script has such large holes in it, it never comes together. There's never a clear explanation as to Rane's terrorist background, or what his getaway plan is once he takes over the plane.
Also, the film has a low budget look to it and the fight scenes are noticeably staged. Snipes' part could have been played by any actor in fighting shape because he has few lines and his martial arts skills are not in the same league as Seagal or Van Damme. Payne does little more than grimace and speak with a monotone British accent. Neither he nor Snipes evoke much excitement.
Director Kevin Hooks again portrays the FBI and police as incompetent buffoons.
If you like your action films exciting and with well-defined characters, skip this one and go see Under Siege again.