Friday, February 26, 2021

[Blu-ray Review] - HORIZON LINE (2020) - A Thriller With No Direction

Now available on Blu-ray is the low-budget thriller HORIZON LINE (PG-13; 92 minutes) from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you have never heard of it before, well, the good news is that you're not the only one, as neither had I until recently. STXfilms released the movie to theaters in Sweden in November 2020. It went straight to VOD here in the USA on January 12, 2020, with little to zero buzz. As of this writing, there are only three critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and you probably guessed - they're all negative. The audience score is currently at 25%, with zero written reviews.

The plot centers on ex-lovers Jackson and Sara (played by Alexander Dreymon and Allison Williams) traveling on a single-engine plane en route to their friend's wedding on a tropical island. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot (played by Keith David) has a fatal heart attack, leaving the former couple alone on a plane with a broken autopilot that's heading into the path of a terrifying storm.  



Final Thoughts

How the hell did this movie get the green-light? 


HORIZON LINE is one of the stupidest movies ever made. Sure, the overall premise of a pilot suddenly dying inflight and leaving the passengers in a desperate attempt to survive sounds intriguing. However, the filmmakers, should've done their research before attempting such a story. Even though I have never stepped foot on a plane, I know more about flying than them.  

The first twenty minutes is a snoozefest, where we're introduced to Sara and Jackson and learn about their past relationship. It's pretty obvious why these two lovebirds broke up - they have zero chemistry! The characters are one-dimensional at best, with some of the dumbest dialogue ever penned. Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon both give wooden performances. I'm not saying Dreymon is a bad actor because this is the first time I've seen him in anything. So, maybe it was more of the director's fault, or he's just a bad actor. However, I cannot say the same for Williams. I've seen her in two other films, and she's a godawful actress with no emotional depth.  

The cinematography was alright in some scenes and horrible in others. The musical score sounded like it was a rip-off from every other movie. 


For those who need to know, the picture and sound quality on the Blu-ray are exceptional. Besides a few deleted scenes, there are no special features or commentaries. The included digital code is only valid for iTunes (Apple TV). 


Overall, HORIZON LINE is the most empty-headed and lackluster film put to screen in recent memory.

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