McCoy on Movies: 7500

McCoy on Movies: 7500

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Amazon Studios’ new hijacking thriller takes flight. Is the flick a soaring success or does it crash and burn? Read on as our movie critic shares all.

“I really wish I had watched that Blu-Ray of Airplane my friend gave me before I got up here!” Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds himself in not-so-friendly skies in director Patrick Vollrath’s hijacker thriller 7500. Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios. All rights reserved.



KEY CAST MEMBERS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar Murathan Muslu, Carlo Kitzlinger, Aylin Tezel and Paul WollinDIRECTOR(S): Patrick Vollrath

THE BACK STORY: Tobias (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an American, is set to serve as the co-pilot to Michael (Carlo Kitzlinger) as they fly from Berlin to Paris. Tobias’ girlfriend/mother of his child (Aylin Tezel) is one of the flight attendants and much more interested in discussing their personal lives than the flight ahead of them.

That all changes, however, when three hijackers – Kenan (Murathan Muslu), Daniel (Paul Wollin) and teenager Vedat (Omid Memar) – armed with piece of broken glass make an attempt to take over the plane. Tobias is successful in subduing Kenan and locks the cabin on his accomplices, but not before grave injury to Michael. Thus, when Daniel begins threatening the lives of the other passengers on the plane unless he is let back into the cockpit, Tobias – dealing with a severe injury of his own, is left with extreme moral dilemmas and not much time in which to make them.

THE REVIEW: 7500 starts off intriguing … And then pretty much crashes and burns thanks to a familiar plot line that brings nothing new to the table. While Gordon-Levitt clearly shines above his co-stars, there are plot points that don’t feel realistic in the circumstances presented, the secondary characters are either over-developed in cliché fashion or barely developed at all … And the overall Muslim hijacking storyline is “been there, seen that” pretty much from beginning to end.Fortunately, at barely over 90 minutes including the credits, 7500 has enough inherent “how will it end?” intrigue to it to keep enough people watching … Even if it ends how 90% of people are likely to figure it out. Director Patrick Vollrath keeps things tight and claustrophobic to enhance the super-familiar story, but there’s a good chance that if you’ve seen a plane hijacking film recently, you’ll ask for transfer and/or put 7500 on a quick layover and not get back on the flight.


Columnist - Tabari McCoy is Cincy Chic's movie critic. An award-winning stand-up comedian who also works as the public relations director at Cincinnati Museum Center, Tabari McCoy is the creator of McCoy on Movies, a blog about movies for film fans. The blog is written by someone who also likes movies that is smart enough to know his opinion isn't always the right one but is willing to express that opinion in public. McCoy also used to review movies for his college paper and a major metropolitan publication, so that helps add to his "street cred." Contact him at You can also check out more of his work on his blog at and follow him on Twitter at @tabarimccoy.