Blood Red Sky (2021) – Review

A group of armed and dangerous terrorists hijack a transatlantic plane heading to the United States from Europe, but unbeknownst to them, a woman suffering from a mysterious illness is also on the flight and is quickly called into action to try and prevent the deaths of everyone onboard. Not the worst way to spend an evening, especially considering some of the newer material released lately on our streaming services. It’s also worth noting that Blood Red Sky is currently available to watch on Netflix.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director: Peter Thorwarth
Writers: Peter Thorwarth, Stefan Holtz
Starring: Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Kais Setti, Dominic Purcell

In a period of time where new cinematic releases are few and far between, Blood Red Sky managed to provide movie fans with a one-hundred and twenty-one minute thrill ride, set on a vessel, thirty-five thousand feet in the air. Straight away, something worth highlighting was the fact that this new Netflix release featured a decent mixture of both German and English dialogue, which strangely helped in terms of creating and maintaining the element of uncertainty and suspense. Not only did the spoken languages help create that atmosphere, but the soundtrack did too – something that fit the style and temperament of the film really well, albeit slightly overbearing at times.

Another noteworthy aspect of the flick was the fact that Blood Red Sky certainly wasn’t for the faint hearted. The subject matter of plane hijackings in itself is upsetting enough to prevent many from giving the picture a shot, but if that wasn’t enough, there also seemed to be an incredible amount of gore and violence injected too, especially as the film wore into the later stages.

Rather interestingly, the filmmakers decided to provide a large amount of backstory for the main character of the flick, Nadja (Peri Baumeister), which was aided largely by flashbacks to times prior to the hijacking of the plane. This managed to not only provide context to the character, but also add a great amount of sadness and sorrow to the story, forcing you to invest into certain characters on an emotional level.

In terms of the cast, Peri Baumeister starred as Nadja, the character in which the story of the flick primarily revolved around, with Carl Anton Koch starring as Elias, the young son of Nadja. The support cast, as expected, was extremely large with various different characters on display. Kais Setti adopted the role of Farid, one of the many passengers on the hijacked plane. Elsewhere, in a film with a largely unknown, European cast, it was nice to see a familiar face in the form of Dominic Purcell, who starred as Berg – a member of the group responsible for the hijacking itself.

Overall, Blood Red Sky was a movie that started with an extreme amount of promise, only to be let down slightly by the latter half and the ungodly amount of mindless and senseless violence that ensued. The runtime also seemed a little too long, but with that being said, I’d still recommend this to anybody hoping to watch something new this July – especially if you’re a fan of aviation.

“She is taking her medicine… It helps her body produce new healthy blood.”

Elias – Blood Red Sky

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