I guess if snakes can be loose on a plane, then why not the living dead?
A passenger flight from L.A. To Paris is in serious trouble. Not only is the plane flying straight into a massive storm, but there's also something in the cargo hold that will ultimately prove much more dangerous. A scientist (Erick Avari) on the run from the U.S. Government is transporting the frozen body of a colleague who'd been infected with a deadly virus, one so powerful that it can bring the dead back to life. When the storm causes the plane to shake, it leads to a little accident below deck, and then total chaos above.
Flight of the Living Dead starts off in less than stellar fashion, with a bunch of cliché characters delivering obvious lines, and doing so quite badly (there are a few exceptions; Kevin J. O'Connor, who was hilarious in 1999's The Mummy, does a good job as a wise-ass prisoner on his way to a French jail). But when the character “introductions” are mercifully over, the film gets down to some business, and once the infected start feasting on the living, both the passengers and the flight crew begin to drop off pretty quickly, leaving only a handful behind to battle the outbreak. There's blood aplenty (including one particularly gory scene in a bathroom), and the fight for survival aboard a plane that's shaking wildly leads to some impressive, nail-biting sequences.
Of course, it's all a bit ridiculous; the survivors fire hundreds of bullets at the undead, never once piercing the plane (which, of course, would be a very, very bad thing to do), and the amount of time it takes for the virus to “infect” a new victim varies greatly from person to person (a length determined at all times by what each particular scene requires). This, as well as some pretty shoddy special effects (again, CGI blood splatters all over the place, looking every bit like CGI blood), prevents Flight of the Living Dead from being anything more than a diversion, one that will undoubtedly disappear quickly from your memory.
Still, I'd say it's a flight worth taking.
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