Killing Moon (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Killing Moon is a melodrama about a jetliner which is carrying a fatal virus.

It takes the concept of low budget to the ultimate extension. There are only two sets - inside the jetliner, and some people on the ground looking at computer screens. And even those two sets are woefully portrayed.

For example, the 737 has only about six rows of seats, and a flight crew of three. (Two officers and a flight attendant). In essence, it only includes the business-class portion of the plane. The flight from Hawaii to L.A. (which is apparently made in record time!) has only about twenty people on the plane, and there are only really three people on the ground who are aware of the problem and are working on it, despite the fact that they know about the virus.


I haven't told you the best thing about it. Both of the pilots succumb to the virus, and the plane is landed by a sweet little housewife, when the ground crew "talks her down". Oh, yeah, and they found some antidote medicine down in the baggage compartment, but didn't have enough for everyone, so they drew straws. Needless to say, one of the guys who didn't get the antidote was really ticked because some guy dying of AIDS did get a vial of it.

At this moment, there is no region 1 DVD for sale. it can be rented at Blockbuster.

In other words, it had every cliché of the airline disaster genre, and a zero budget.

Poor Penelope Ann Miller. She is in this with a host of nobodies and the chubby Baldwin. Wasn't she just in real movies about a heartbeat ago? What happened to her career?

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  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 4.4 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is an E, very close to an F. The only reason to watch it is if you want to see Airplane! without the humor.

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