Blood Red Sky (Transatlantic 473): Movie Review

"Blood Red Sky" has an interesting premise that's nothing new but has proven to be cultishly effective in the past. But what's different in this film was that it took its surprises and concepts a little bit too seriously and in the process limiting the potential fun factor it could have provided.   
Nadja (Peri Baumeister) is flying to New York with her son Elias (Carl Anton Koch). Nadja is seemingly suffering to some form of leukemia and is getting immediate treatment to cure her from her condition. But when the plane they are on is hijacke, the real reasons why Nadja is having a bone marrow transplant is horrifically unleashed.
Looking at the poster of "Blood Red Sky" already reveals too much about the film. In all honesty, it never should have revealed its surprise, its hook in such an obvious manner. Getting that off our chest, "Blood Red Sky" was fun at times but it was too serious to be completely off-the-rails legendary. In fact, its premise was interesting and it had some unique flavor to it but the film eventually broke down on its own running time and the constant itch to have deep moral lessons within its narrative. This lack of focus was off-putting at times especially in the latter half of the film where things suddenly become obviously forced or worse, illogical. For us, it could have concentrated solely on the mother-and-son dynamic to keep its runtime in check. The best bits for "Blood Red Sky" for us was its  effects but this wasn't really scary or tense-filled. The best comparison for us would be that it felt like watching a "Resident Evil" film instead - so more like an action film. Overall, "Blood Red Sky" was forcing to be more than it should have been. It couldn't embrace its craziness and it wanted to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, this left if feeling a little dull and a little blunt for our taste.
Rating: 2 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- a mix of "Snakes on a Plane" and "From Dusk till Dawn" made this fun from time to time

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- took its concepts a little bit too seriously
- it was a little bit too long especially given its premise and content

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