Tuesday, November 29, 2011

a look at 57 ... 20 Years later ...

I like topical as much as ANYONE, but rediscovering Passenger 57 on the Encore Channel in the middle of the night, I couldn't help but weigh in on this Wesley Snipes gem from 1992. Did you even REMEMBER he was an "action star"??! ... Yeah, me neither.

Anyways, Passenger 57 was about as bad as I recalled, ranking somewhere between God Awful and Unwatchable ... even under camp or nostalgic pretenses. Crappy villain. Stupid premise. Hammy everything else. It's pretty much exactly the same film as 1994's Drop Zone, also starring Snipes, but at least Drop Zone had Malcolm Jamal Warner AND Gary Busey ... I'm just saying ...

And doesn't Wesley's flight attendant/love interest in 57, played by "who cares?", look just like Michael Jackson? Awesome! ... and Creepy. But, if nothing else, she NAMED the unnamable movie by literally counting the passengers aloud (cuz that's what flight attendants do, apparently) - " ... 54, 55, 56 ... 57 ..." (Snipes was #57 ...  At least watch THAT part. It's totally worth it)

Nevertheless, for everything Passenger 57 did wrong, it still offered up one of the (still today) most laughably terrible catch phrases in action movie history:

Hahahahahahahahahaha .... oh, gosh .... Stay up late, people. That's when TV is at its FINEST.

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