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|Production country:||Deutschland 2019|
|Running time:||[approx. 92 min.|
|Rated:||[from 12 years old|
It was supposed to be a routine flight from Berlin to Paris. But shortly after take-off, the flight turns into a hellish trip when a group of young men try to storm the cockpit of the Airbus A 319. The pilot and his co-pilot Tobias Ellis (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) keep the door consistently locked, even as it costs the lives of the first hostage. Nevertheless, the men, among them eighteen-year-old Vedat (Omid Memar), manage to storm the cockpit, spilling more blood. It is now up to Tobias to save his life and that of the passengers - but time is running out…
Director Patrick Vollrath, Oscar nominated for his short film "All will be well", has staged an intensive intimate play with his feature film debut "7500", which takes place almost exclusively in a narrow aircraft cockpit. The viewer does not get to see what happens in the passenger area. Only what happens directly in front of the door to the pilot's cabin is transmitted to the inside of the cockpit via a small monitor and thus becomes visible to the spectators. This drastic reduction of the events and the very limited viewing angle creates an extremely oppressive feeling that reflects the helplessness of the main character very authentically.
Vollrath also largely dispenses with music or excessive sound effects. This creates a frighteningly authentic atmosphere, which makes the movie almost unbearably thrilling. However, Vollrath does not manage to keep this level until the end. During the last third the events suffer a little bit from too tense moments and clichéd dialogues, which only unnecessarily delay the inevitable finale. Great praise deserves Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who even in these weaker moments carries the film almost all by himself with his really good acting.
"7500" works very well especially when as little as possible is shown and said. The atmosphere alone is enough to literally push the audience into the cinema seats. A small film with a lot of tension, which despite the very minimalistic visual language also works really well on the big screen. Worth seeing!
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