Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Row 19 - Movie Review

The Movie: Row 19

The Director: Alexander Babaev

The Cast: Svetlana Ivanova, Marta Timofeeva, Wolfgang Cerni, Ekaterina Vilkova, Anatoliy Kot, Victoria Korlyakova

The Story: A young female doctor with a 6-year-old daughter is on a night flight caught in a terrible storm. In a half-empty cabin, she faces unexplained deaths of her fellow passengers, loses her grip on reality and relives the worst nightmare from her childhood.

The Review:
So, the basic setup for this movie is that the main character, as a child, was the sole survivor of a plane crash and she decides it's time to take her first flight since then exactly twenty years later, to the day. Nope, not asking for trouble at all and when I say that I mean for the character and for the filmmakers. I mean, that's such an obvious leap headfirst into a horrible situation that there's no way a human being wuld think that's okay and go through with the itinerary. Wait a day, go a day earlier, just don't travel twenty years to the day after your last flight crashed!

Of course, this is a horror movie and people in horror movies tend to do things that lack logic, common sense, or intelligence so I guess this is the path that we're on with this movie. A lot of paranormal stuff happens as the story plays out but for me it was all kind of confusing and some of the twists and turns just sort of fell flat because none of it really made sense. The characters who make up the roster of passengers and flight crew members are all pretty generic and don't add much to the story which really doesn't help a movie that is already struggling to keep from crashing and burning.

I think if you give this movie a chance you will find it reasonably entertaining although hardcore fans of horror will probably pick it apart pretty quickly and lose interest by the halfway point. The Blu-ray copy that I received to watch the movie has the feature film, some trailers for other Well Go USA movies, and the option to watch in either Russian or English language variants. There are also English subtitles available which is how I watched the movie.

The Verdict:
Row 19 is a horror movie that tries to take flight but struggles to get off the ground thanks to a muddled and confusing story that never quite sticks the landing.

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