Turbulent Skies (2010) – By Brian Morton

Fred Olen Ray is to today, what Roger Corman was to the 60s! That’s right, I said it and I meant it. No one can turn out films quicker or for a lower budget that Ray and his movies…as B grade as they are…are fun. Well, that’s exactly the case with his latest on DVD, Turbulent Skies, the tale of an airline disaster with a 21st century twist.

Casper Van Dein and Nicole Eggert are a married couple who design electronics. They’ve just invented the CD70, a device that will replace pilots in airplanes, a machine that can make decisions and fly better than a human. Well, as is usually the case in these things, someone has uploaded a virus into the CD70 and its flying wild. With Eggert on the plane and Van Dein on the ground, there’s only one chance to get the computer under control before the plane reaches a populated area….that’s right, we’ll have to use a prototype plane to get Casper onto the airliner, so he can fix the computer! Can he do it? Or will the military have to shoot down the rough 747? I guess you’ll just have to watch it for yourself to find out!

Turbulent Skies doesn’t really cut any new ground, but that doesn’t make it fun to watch. Taking cues from Airport, Executive Decision, 2001 and others, Ray has put together what’s really just a good old fashioned popcorn movie…or, we used call them drive-in movies. You’re not going to find yourself on the edge of your seat, you’re not going to be surprised about much, but the ride is still fun and you’re glad to be along!

I’m giving Turbulent Skies 3 out of 4 cigars, it’s not for everyone, but if you like a good B grade, drive-in movie, then you’re gonna have a good time! Grab a copy for yourself over at http://www.anchorbayent.com, then pop that corn, turn down those lights and enjoy the ride!