7500 (2014)

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Helmed by Japanese director Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge films), 7500 originally had an August 2012 theatrical release, but of course that never happened. In fact, it would go on to sit on the studio shelves for the next couple years, eventually getting a modest theatrical run in various foreign countries over this past Summer. Normally when a film sits around for a while it's because of some kind of internal issue with the studio and not necessarily a reflection of the quality of the movie itself. However, having finally seen this it's pretty clear that the studio wanted to bury this atrocity and forget it ever existed.

Originally titled Flight 75, the movie focuses on several passengers on a plane that's departing LA and heading to Tokyo. Along the way a passenger dies for some reason, forcing the crew to clear out the top class to store his body until it's time to land. Shortly following his death our leads start seeing strange things and mysteriously begin to disappear one by one. Could it be the spirit of the dead passenger?

Despite only being 79 minutes, the film takes its sweet time establishing our boring lead characters, with (aside from the one passenger dying) nothing important occurring until half-way when the plane runs into some crazy turbulence. It's after that point that the movie remembers it's a horror film and throws some terrible pop scares and Asian-influenced ghosties to give us the willies. Unfortunately, aside from the plane setting, it doesn't deliver anything we haven't already seen. Though it was nice to see a lot familiar faces in the cast, even if they were all badly written.

For a ghost feature the pic had some minor potential because of its uncommon plane setting, but it fails due to the incredibly poorly-written script. To matters even worse, we're thrown a really predictable and unimaginative climax that will likely result in you questioning how to get the last hour-twenty of your life back.

From the scares to the completely ridiculous and dreadful "twist" ending, 7500 is a paint-by-numbers horror film that should've stayed forgotten. 
OVERALL: 
From the scares to the completely ridiculous and dreadful "twist" ending, 7500 is a paint-by-numbers horror film that should've stayed forgotten.