Smoke me a kipper...
I saw this for 10p in a charity shop and had to buy it: I was not disappointed in that this is a great example of 'so bad it's good'!
This could have actually been a half-decent film: there's some good strong camerawork and some nice VFX - especially of the aircraft - but the bizarre jumps in the action and story made me wonder if anybody had actually checked what the editor had done to it..! This film was always going to be super cheesey and badly written and acted, but the editing was truely atrocious, especially at the end which had all the dramatic tension of buying a packet of Polos from the local shop.
I actually quite liked the 'what had actually happened' mystery generated by the trial and the way that this made you carry on watching. I also thought that the aircrew glimpsing events and objects from their future as their plane went out of control was quite inventive. What I thought was really bad though was the lead actor: he had absolutely none of Harrison Ford's charisma or presence and had exactly 2 facial expressions: tough blank stare and mad grin. How did he ever get cast as the lead?!? And what was with the Savage character at the end: was his new outfit (coupled with his fiercely blonde hair) meant to be some sort of German uniform meaning that he was really a Nazi all long?!
Most importantly though: was the lead character one of the main inspirations for Ace Rimmer, especially during the wing-walking scene?