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Horizon Line

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Uninspired airborne thriller has language, racy moments.

Movie PG-13 2021 92 minutes
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It has a decent premise and is compact and nicely paced, but this trapped-in-a-plane thriller eventually nose-dives due to uninteresting characters, lack of suspense, and too much preposterousness. This kind of thriller can work great if it finds the right balance between seriousness and silliness -- and if it introduces characters who are worth caring about. Unfortunately, Horizon Line doesn't really do either. We first meet Jackson and Sara sharing a last drink, with Sara explaining that she hates goodbyes. So, to avoid one, she simply gets up and walks out while Jackson is busy.

That's pretty slim character development, and, other than their jobs, we don't really learn much more about the two leads. Then, during the suspense part -- which this 92-minute movie takes a surprising amount of time to get to -- things just never seem as intense or as scary as they could have been. Two sequences in particular -- in which Jackson climbs out to duct-tape a leak in the fuel line and when Sara climbs out to do something even more dangerous -- feel completely ridiculous. The filmmakers didn't seem to realize how silly these moments are or how much fun they could have been if this silliness had been acknowledged. In the end, Horizon Line just sputters out.

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