Drop Zone (1994)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Chase Movie  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Michael Costello

Director John Badham has shown a penchant for action aloft in Blue Thunder (1983) and Bird on a Wire (1990), and here he may have made the ultimate skydiving film. Wesley Snipes stars as a federal marshall escorting a computer criminal (Michael Jeter) to prison on a 747 when he's suddenly kidnapped by a group of skydivers led by Gary Busey. While there's not much here in terms of story or character, the film contains what may be the most astonishing skydiving sequences in a feature film. Since the film is almost nonstop action, this may not be such a bad thing. Opponents Snipes and Busey have played their respective roles so many times that the audience can say the lines along with them, but in a movie like this that's part of the fun.