The script credited to director Liz Adams is straight out of the disaster movie playbook. The story follows a group of individuals desperately trying to avert a mid-air collision between a passenger airliner and Air Force One. Reginald VelJohnson plays a veteran FAA control operator. During routine training of an intern, the senior operator notices early warning signs that a satellite controlled navigational system is failing. This means the aircrafts are unreachable, and unbeknownst to them are traveling in a direct pattern right towards each other. Jordan Ladd is a stewardess on the commercial airline, she must be the most patient flight attendant of all time. Never losing her cool while dealing with a whining group of passengers, including a man with a bad heart, a medically unbalanced madman, and a woman scared of flying. We are introduced to these characters in short snippets, in a style very reminiscent of those 1970s Airport disaster films.
How can I defend my endorsement of Air Collision? When I was done watching the picture, I had an internal debate between my mind and heart. As a film critic I have to state that the film delivers the goods. Those looking for a film titled Air Collision, presumably understand what they are asking for. The movie doesn’t disappoint on those basic terms. However, I was hesitant to award it three stars, because of the assembly line plot structure. Alas, my head won out and I freely admit that I was entertained. In the end, that is all I can ask for from a direct-to DVD title.
Director: Liz Adams
Stars: Reginald VelJohnson, Jordan Ladd, Gerald Webb