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Passenger 57

Painted in the broadest of brush strokes, Passenger 57 is only a minor entry in the American siege-flick oeuvre, being far too reliant upon boilerplate characters and a script that must have been found in a recycling bin. In fact, Passenger 57 is only slightly digestible because of Wesley Snipes, who manages to remain interesting despite the weak material he often chooses. Snipes stars as John Cutter, the head of security for a major airline, who finds himself caught up in a mid-air escape attempt by notorious international criminal Charles Rane (Bruce Payne), who is being transported by the FBI to Los Angeles. With that sort of a premise, you could probably guess all of the shopworn plot twists without even seeing the film, and besides Snipes' performance, the only other nice thing to say about Passenger 57 is that it sets a new air-speed record for action films, coming to a safe landing a mere 80 minutes after take-off. Also starring Elizabeth Hurley, Tom Sizemore, and Alex Datcher. Good transfer, DD 5.1, trailer gallery of Warner films, textual supplements.

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