IMDb Review 1:
Many people are very critical of this film-but it does have some
fans,including me!Okay,the whole thing is full of absurdities-but so
what!Butler takes the old "stewardess flies the plane" cliche,runs with
it,and delivers an enormously entertaining slice of hokum.The formula is
paired down to basics,as mad serial killer Weaver(Ray Liotta),creates havoc
aboard the plane,determined it will crash into L.A.-so he can go out in a
blaze of vengeful glory.All that stands in his way is plucky flight
attendant Teri(Lauren Holly).The stage is set for a frantic live action "Tom
and Jerry" wing ding between monstrous male psycho predator,and winsome
Liotta really seems to be enjoying himself here,and is given lots of goofy
"psycho speak" to deliver with relish.Weaver has a sense of humor too!"I'm
never flying this airline again!",he shouts to himself,after being tumbled
backwards down some stairs,a leg painfully crushed in a
Then there's Terri-cute,willowy and Bambi eyed-I found myself pretty upset
seeing what poor Teri goes through in this film!But despite
insults,threats,punches,assaults,smoke attacks and all,she has the moxie to
keep going.Battered,bruised and bloodied she still looks stunning!And at the
beginning,we are told some guy just broke off his engagement to THIS girl!HE
must've been crazier than Weaver!
IMDb Review 2:
An implausible but intense thrill ride with a more than competent cast.
As the film opens, it is Christmas Eve, and we get our introduction to
our Bad Guy, Ryan Weaver (Ray Liotta, doing the kind of character he
does best). He's a good-looking, charming-on-the-surface killer who has
come to be known as the "Lonely Hearts Strangler" because his M.O. is
apparently to target a single woman, romance her for a time, and then .
. . well, they do call him "Strangler". After leaving a toy store with
a cute stuffed animal and arriving at his new girlfriend (next intended
victim's) place, he is arrested and kicked in the stomach by the
detective (Hector Elizondo) who has been after him for years and even
framed him by planting evidence (although it's okay in this case
because HE DONE IT! Who cares what they had to do to get him?) In a
clever bit of opening misdirection, we see shots of Bad Guy on his way
to his latest target's place intercut with shots of our Heroine
(waifish but not anorexic, blonde-haired-big-blue-eyed Lauren Holly) in
her own place in such a way as to make us think that she is his new
"girlfriend", when in fact she is not.
The two do meet, however, since our Heroine is a flight attendant
assigned to the Christmas Eve flight on which Bad Guy is being
transported to prison to await his execution. Along with Bad Guy is
another con (Brendan Gleeson, in a Glee-ful performance) who's first
words are his reply to our Heroine's question, "What would you like?",
referring to drinks. His response? "I'd like to nail you, baby,", in
the slimiest-sounding Cornpone accent you've ever heard. Is this guy
really British?! Anyway, our charming con goes on to ask to be taken to
the plane's bathroom, uses the soap-thingy as a weapon to kill the
officer who is guarding him, and proceeds to make like Jeff Foxworthy
if Foxy was a BAD-ASS Redneck. He ends up holding our Heroine hostage
with a gun to her pretty blonde head, and who talks him into letting
her go? None other than our Bad Guy, who at this point is still making
like an unjustly accused and convicted Good Guy. In another dust-up,
the other con and several others are shot. (The pilots have, in the
midst of all this, been killed).
Our Heroine is told by our Bad Guy that the pilot hit his head but is
all right and is going to land. He begins to win her sympathy, asking
her if she believes in capital punishment, to which she answers "No".
Our Heroine is sharp, however, and notices that the plane does not
appear to be descending. She decides to go to the cockpit herself to
check things out and finds the pilot and his co-pilot dead. She manages
to make contact with the ground, however, and they patch her through to
a pilot (Ben Cross, who brings his presence and accent to the role)who
instructs her on how to communicate with the people on the ground and
how to operate the plane(to LAND it, of course). Our Bad Guy, however,
is determined that they will crash and, he hopes, take as many other
people with them as possible. He shows his true colors, and it is at
this point that it becomes almost impossible not to enjoy watching Mr.
Liotta; he simply seems to be having so much FUN playing this
particular wack-pot. As the plane tosses them to-and-fro (did I mention
that they're headed into a six-on-a-scale-of-one-to-six thunderstorm?)
our Heroine must defend herself after being coaxed out of the cockpit
by our Bad Guy. While not trying to come across as the Xena of flight
attendants, Ms. Holly is determined and tough mentally and also
physically when forced to fight for her life. Yes, at one point, she
uses sex - or at least the promise of sex - to get our Bad Guy to let
his guard down for a moment, but, hey, it's one of the few "weapons"
she has at her disposal, along with the fire extinguisher she clobbers
him with shortly after the bogus come-on. (Why, under these
circumstances, does our psycho-but-sharp Bad Guy believe for a MOMENT
that the woman he's terrorizing would have sex with him, even to save
herself and the few other people on board the plane he hasn't killed?
Because it's a film, children!) Anyway, after kicking a little Bad Guy
butt and ultimately getting ahold of a Marshall's gun and killing him,
our Heroine manages to land the plane. Merry Christmas! If you just
want to shut down your higher brain functions and watch a good
psycho-killer-chiller, and especially if you like it when said chiller
supposedly takes place on Christmas, this is highly recommended for
IMDb Review 3:
Disgusting. That sums up the train-wreck-in-the-sky entitled "Turbulence".
The DVD should come with its' own air-sick bag, because you'll be nauseaous
from the time it lifts off the runway.
A thin story is anchored even more by horrible, and I mean horrible acting
from both Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly. This is yet another Ray Liotta
psychopath flick. When is he not type-cast as a thug or maniac? Very
predictable lines from him. Lauren Holly looked like a genius - in Dumb and
Dumber. "Turbulence" highlights the lowest point in her acting career.
From horrible make-up, to times in the film where she goes from calm (when
she shouldn't be) to a screaming mess defending herself from Liotta's killer
Luckily, a friend lent me this DVD, so I didn't actually waste any money on
it, but I did waste an hour and 37 minutes.
This is no Airport '75 - not by a long shot.