Passenger 57 (1992)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Release Date - Nov 6, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Michael Costello

Probably better remembered for its tagline, "Always bet on black," than for any other reason, Kevin Hooks' feature is cartoonish action fare. The film deals with an airplane security expert (Wesley Snipes), who conveniently happens to be on board an airliner when it's hijacked by terrorists. Snipes, who has appeared in a surprising number of bad films for someone of his proven talent, does it again here, in a feature that seems to have rolled off the Joel Silver assembly line. As in its model, the equally cartoonish, but far more entertaining Die Hard (1988), the lead terrorist (Bruce Payne) is a hilariously supercilious maniac, but in this case, one who would appear to be too unstable to hijack a mail truck. Snipes is as committed to this stock superhero role as it's possible to be, but he alone can't rescue the film from its nullity. As the film loses interest, at least half of the audience may find their attention drawn to the presence of Elizabeth Hurley, as one of the plane's flight attendants.