Back in 2005, soon after my sister had dropped me off at LAX for my return flight to Michigan… well… let’s just say that not all was well. At that point I was feeling a bit disconcerted to see the mechanics… right out the window… working on the very 767 that was supposed to fly me home. My only consolation was that the alert flight crew engineer had discovered the mechanical failure prior to take-off.
During that three hour long delay my mind had plenty of opportunity to flash back to… and dwell on… every airline disaster film I had ever seen… starting with the very first one… Fate Is the Hunter. Indeed, not all that many years after this 1964 production had left the big screen… it had “landed” in TV land’s Late Late Show time slot.
Well… thanks to YouTuber Allan Visser… just a couple of days ago, I got to watch Fate again and soon realized that what had impressed me about it way back then, still has the same effect on me today.
All in all, we discover a well written script, great casting, good character development, plenty of plot twists and turns and surprisingly convincing pre-CGI era special effects. Oh, there is one other worthy of mention detail… the plausible forensic investigative techniques that the characters employed in reconstructing the accident… up to the point where the dead pilot’s best friend (also a pilot)… along with the ill-fated Flight 22’s sole survivor… the flight attendant (who’s familiar with much of the disastrous cockpit events) take off in the exact same model jet… fly off on the identical heading and… and… and…
Well… uh… just in case you might be planning on watching this flick I’ll refrain from revealing too many details.
Yeah, I realize that what interests me will not necessarily interest you and even if it does, you might not have the luxury of spending 1 hour and 45 minutes out of your life to view it.
So… that’s why I’m linking to the FILM TRAILER (but be warned, viewing it can be a bit confusing considering the considerable number of film flashbacks).
I’m also providing an indisputable time saver, too… a link to the Wikipedia essay where it’ll only take about three minutes for you to read the entire film’s plot. I’m labeling this Wiki link SPOILER ALERT as a final warning to those who are planning on viewing the full film.
And speaking of the full film…
Captain Savage, our pilot, is completing his pre-flight checklist and is just about ready to head down the runway…