I usually stay away from movies produced by Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services providers, given the bad reputation of most of them. I recently made an exception and it only reinforced my belief. Horizon Line is a 2020 film directed by Mikael Marcimain and written, so to speak, by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken (who together also wrote 10 Cloverfield Lane, 2016).
Horizon Line is a disaster/survival movie in which a young couple, Sara (Allison Williams) and Jackson (Alexander Dreymon) have to fly a small plane over the Pacific near the Mauritius. By overcoming incredible difficulties, they survive the misadventure.
It’s difficult to write about this film while taking it seriously. In fact, I only managed to get to the end of it by considering it a comedy, from a certain point forward. It was also sad to find the great Keith David relegated to a small role in such a nefarious production.
Why is this movie bad, you may be wondering? Because nothing works, the two main characters are non-existent, the dialogues are ridiculous, the action scenes cannot be taken seriously, and the special effects and photography are horrible.
Luckily, as mentioned, if you take Horizon Line as a comedy you can have a laugh. Here’s a list of things you may find if you watch this movie:
- Get out of the plane and walk a bit on the wings while flying: check! Twice, in fact!
- Repair an engine failure during the flight with some duct tape: check!
- Refuel in flight by climbing on the wing: check!
- With rum, not actual fuel: check!
- Fly over the Pacific without any working instrument onboard: check!
- Make a sea landing without any previous pilot experience: check!
- Survive for hours with a broken arm that constantly drips blood: check!
- Survive unconscious after spending five minutes underwater: check!
Everything is also accompanied by surreal dialogues, as if the already surreal situation in itself were not enough. As mentioned, Horizon Line would be utterly unwatchable if you didn’t laugh at it with some friends. And even like that, there are probably 398 million things which would be more fun to do, including staring at a white wall for hours. Ciao!