The trailer for the film 7500 made it dreadfully apparent that it would be a substandard horror.
That is because 7500 is a grossly ill-marketed film that is really a thriller.
Passengers aboard Vista Pacific Flight 7500, are anxiously excited to depart from LAX and cruise 30 thousand feet above the surface to their destination of Japan. When a passenger becomes ill the routine flight takes a dark and mysterious turn and passengers scramble to uncover the truth in the hopes of ensuring their safety.
Having a group of passengers enclosed in a solitary location for the entirety of a film does not typically compel viewers to adoration. The cabin atmosphere in 7500 does get quite boring but the characters themselves are entertaining and the dialogue is realistic and held my attention for most of the film.
Surprisingly Takashi Shimizu directs the film despite 7500 having a quite literal and austere feel, lacking any additional creativity through vision. Though 7500 is far from original and the twist is expected, the real trouble with the film is it tries to do too much, scrambling to add horror to its repertoire in addition to the mystery/thriller formulation crafted in the plot. Every minute is poorly utilized and the film’s pace is dramatically off kilter for what it hopes to accomplish.
I want to rate this film better than I did because there is potential within the script written by Craig Rosenburg. There is nothing horrific about the movie 7500 but the suspense and conscious misdirection as characters search for the cause of their anxieties is thrilling enough.
Unfortunately no one involved in the creative process had the hindsight to change the focus of the film. Had they taken the time to properly cultivate a smart psychological thriller they may have had a good film on their hands.