Altitude (2010) – By Brian Morton

Looking at the cover of the new Anchor Bay DVD, Altitude, you might think that this is some kind of ‘monster in the sky’ movie. Well, that would be wrong. And, by watching the first hour of the movie, you’d think this was just another ‘trapped in the sky’ movie. Well, that would be wrong too! Altitude is something of an anomaly, it’s neither of those things, and both…all at the same time!

Sara and her friends are heading to a Coldplay concert, but, instead of driving, they decide to let Sara fly them there. After all, what’s the use of having a friend with a pilot’s license, if they can’t fly you places? So, soon the 5 friends are on the plane and on their way. But, soon bad weather approaches them, and, since Sara isn’t rated to fly only on instruments, she’s forced to climb above the weather…and that’s when things go bad. A malfunction in the planes mechanics cause the plane to continue climbing, taking our little band of concert goers, higher and higher into the sky. So, with no radio communication, due to the weather, and no other way to get the plane under control, our friends decide that someone has to climb out onto the plane and try to fix the problem!

Think this all sounds a bit familiar, well, it all is…up to a point. I’d tell you what that point is, but that would ruin a perfectly good movie for you…and you wouldn’t want that, would you? Suffice it to say, everything that we think is wrong, and, in the end, this is one of the best endings I’ve seen in a long time. I’m giving Altitude 31/2 out of 4 cigars, it’s not perfect and there’s a bit of lag in the middle, where I got a bit tired of one obnoxious character in particular, but, it all ended well and it’s a movie that well worth your time and money! Grab a copy and climb into the ‘Altitude’ for yourself by heading over to http://www.anchorbayent.com.