Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
Passenger 57 (1992)
I’m actually quite excited to watch Passenger 57 – and here’s why.
In 1998, I bought my first DVD player as part of a machine/disc bundle. The purchase included Blade (a new release at the time) and the choice of three back catalogue movies as part of the bundle.
The movies I picked included Scream, The Craft and Passenger 57. That last movie was simply a random choice that I had no interest and I picked it simply because I couldn’t find a third title to make up the bundle.
While I’ve watched Blade, Scream and The Craft countless times, I’ve never watched Passenger 57. So, after 20 years it’s finally time to correct that oversight.
If, of course, it has been an oversight.
*Clicks the play button*
4mins – So, the villain of the story – actor Bruce Payne – is about to undergo plastic surgery in order to change his face (and presumably evade the FBI for some crime or another). I’m already sold on this movie.
6mins – Well, it didn’t work as he’s just been arrested. He probably should have found a better surgeon.
6mins 20secs – Wesley Snipes has turned up. He’s on a plane and he appears to be a terrorist…
7mins 15secs – …nah, he’s a good guy. This is just a simulation to establish his character as a security guard.
12mins 20secs – Back at home, Wesley Snipes is having a flashback. This memory is of a convenience store robbery. Oh crap, his wife has been grabbed by the robber… and now she’s dead! This whole flashback is being spliced together with a montage of Snipes training/boxing/prancing about. Sax music is playing in the background and it’s raining. This whole sequence couldn’t be more of a movie cliche if it tried. I freakin’ love it!
14mins – We’ve come out of the flashback and moved into the next scene. The sax music continues. Good ol’ ’90s sax music.
17mins – The FBI have just brought Bruce Payne onto a plane. This isn’t going to end well.
20mins – Elizabeth Hurley is in this movie as an air hostess. I knew this already, but I totally erased this information from my mind! She’s giving off vibes that she’s secretly evil.
21mins 30secs – Wesley Snipes is on this plane as a security specialist – and a serious bad ass! He’s ‘Passenger 57’.
24mins – Elizabeth Hurley is being very, very friendly. She works in a customer service role and she’s being very, very friendly. CLEARLY SHE’S EVIL. No one is this nice to the public without an ulterior motive.
25mins – Wesley Snipes doesn’t like flying.
28mins – Elizabeth Hurley has just pulled out a gun and shot the FBI agent. I said she was evil. Bruce Payne is now free and controlling the plane. Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes is in the bathroom. Hey, when you’ve gotta go…
30mins – He’s just made his move. His move included pushing someone’s head down the toilet. I do hope he flushed first.
37mins – Wesley Snipes’ plan to stop the passengers dying is to bring down the plane by dumping the fuel. A gutsy move. I guess this plane hijack is going to be a very short one.
40mins – “Always bet on black.”
43 mins – Wesley Snipes is off the plane. I repeat: Wesley Snipes is off the plane.
46mins – The plane has landed at a small airport. Bruce Payne is negotiating with the local chief of police to get the plane refuelled in exchange for the release of half the hostages. The chief of police says he needs more time and needs to speak to the FBI about the situation first. Bruce Payne tells him there’s no time and he must agree. Realising time is an issue, the chief agrees to Bruce Payne’s demands. The chief then goes and pours himself some coffee. He has no time to negotiate and no time to call the FBI, but there’s always time for coffee.
48mins – The police wrongfully arrest Wesley Snipes, thinking he’s part of the terrorist group. The fools!
52mins – Wesley Snipes escapes. The chief of police drinks more coffee.
55mins – And now, some more coffee.
56mins – A clown has been shot. Repeat: A clown has been shot!
57mins – I should add, the scene has moved to a fairground – there wasn’t a random clown on the plane. That would just be weird.
59mins – Bruce Payne has just been arrested. Bloody hell, this movie is short. *Checks running time* There’s still another 25 minutes to go. This isn’t over.
1hr – OK, so the terrorists still on the plane have instructions to kill the passengers within the next 20 minutes unless they hear from Bruce Payne. I knew this wasn’t over!
1hr 5mins – Bruce Payne has now negotiated his way back onto the plane. What a salesman!
1hr 12mins – Payne, Snipes, Hurley are all back on the plane (which is now in the air again), so the climactic showdown is imminent.
1hr 14mins – Snipes has just ordered the crew to turn the plane around, in order to go back to the airport they just left. This movie loves going back and forth over the same situation. I’m half expecting someone to shoot another clown.
1hr 15mins – Snipes V Payne. Meanwhile, the plane is in trouble and it’s going down fast!
1hr 17mins – Payne has just been kicked off the plane – literally!
1hr 17mins 30secs – Cut back to the airport and the chief of police is drinking MORE COFFEE. Jeez, that man has a problem.
1hr 20mins – Elizabeth Hurley has been arrested. Presumably for crimes against acting.
What a movie! I seem to have a thing for ’90s action flicks and this is 100% a ’90s action flick. Sure, the story loses momentum when the plane lands halfway through the movie, but it’s an easy watch and great for a Saturday night in… even though I’m watching this on a Friday morning.
Ten down; 80 to go.
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume(1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk(1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).