Passenger 57 (1992)

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We know I love action movies, especial ones with martial arts in them, so I have always loved this movie. The over the top hero who saves the day by being smart and badass, how can you not love this movie. However, I haven’t seen it in about 20 years, so this should be fun.

 

  1. I knew the premise of the hijacking, but I forgot how many times we visualized it happening during the 90s.
  2. I don't remember the bad guys being European, but I guess then again we do love our European bad guys. (cue Eddie Izzard bit...)
  3. Oops, I thought Halley Berry was in this film, but it’s the other airplane hijack film, Executive Decision.
  4. I do not remember Cutter's backstory, that’s heartbreaking.
  5. Oh my goodness, the music! Oh, man the late 80s and early 90s, definitely don't miss that.
  6. Wesley Snipes, I do miss the 90s you.
  7. WS is one of the only men who can walk around an airport with glasses on and we are totally okay with it.
  8. It starts so light-hearted, in a way, definitely not how I remember it being marketed or how it was. 
  9. The airplane staff was involved? How did I not see that coming?
  10. No time is wasted, that was a ruckus in the galley. Snipes isn’t hiding at all.
  11. “Tell me you're good at this?” “I’m the best.” Damn straight you are.
  12. Dude, it’s Bruce Greenwood! 
  13. Yes! “Always bet on black,” and with a camera push in. So amazing, I love cheesy action!
  14. 90s action was still big and bold, but so damn entertaining.
  15. The plane landed?
  16. He left!?!?! 
  17. Oh my goodness, I totally forgot about this whole part of the movie where they are at a carnival? I forgot an entire act of the film!
  18. I love how things happen as you expect them to, yet because you expect it and it happens it’s surprising. The movie is progressing naturally, nicely written.
  19. I do love when the villain and hero square off, in person. Not many can actually pull that off. Once again, I miss 90s Snipes.
  20. Please tell me he’s going to jump on the wheels of the plane, Commando style!
  21. YASSSS! We are back on the plane (and the banter in the car is hilarious). You get on that landing gear….THE GUN?
  22. Ah, I got you! Time to see some real martial arts action.
  23. Holy shit! The evil flight attendant is Elizabeth Hurley!
  24. Kicks through seats, nice work WS.
  25. Arsenio, goodness.
  26. Ending with fireworks, ha!

 

I almost feel like I should count this as one of the 100, cause I forgot the whole middle part of the film. It is a very 90s movie, the distinctive music and the clothes, but other than that it really holds up. I think the script was well written, and the progression of the story felt natural, not forced. Yes, there had to be the climax on the plane, but it made sense having them land then take off again. Granted, I totally forgot about that part, even though it was the most logical. It's funny to think, or in this case have actual  evidence, how we forget things over time. I know I watched this movie, but I forgot so much. Then again, I wasn't the educated snob film critic that I pretend to be now at the age of 12. 

Guess i just wanted to remember the kick ass action and badassness that was Wesley Snipes. Which, to be fair, didn't have as much as I remembered. WS is a great martial artist, and if you are aware of the technique behind the moves, you are impressed by the power and form he is able to showcase with limited movement. He was a powerhouse of the 90s, when martial arts was first becoming an American film hero element, and he was one of the ones that was the pioneers of who our heroes now are. The Grandfather Master of current action films?

Even though this was an action movie, it handled some interesting topics. It touched on racial tensions, how a white cop doesn’t believe a black man can be head of security (good guy), how all African-Americans are confused for each other, and even with uncomfortable comments being made between the races and positions of power. Not to mention the somewhat unnecessary show of the connection between power and sex, with the villain making degrading remarks and inappropriate contact with the female attendant.

We remember the 90s was the time of Political Correctness, but I think people forgot what it was really about. In my mind, PC is about acknowledging the differences, them being somewhat built on historical divide between races and genders, but that we are indeed moving past that. If we acknowledge it’s there, pointing at the elephant in the room but immediately ushering it out, we can look at each other as individuals and form our own connections. I never thought I would be talking about PC society within the context of an action film, but sometimes its within those unexpected films that teach us the most about ourselves.

I’m glad I watched this film again, and I still love it.

 

Written by Lisa Mejia