Area 407 Review

 

Synopsis:  Area 407, features lost footage too real for reality and too disturbing for fiction. The film opens with two teenagers flying from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve. Their nightmare begins when their plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area. The handful of survivors from the crash, bloody and disoriented, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government’s top-secret Mesa Experiment.

Review:  With the “found footage” style of film on the rise lately, I personally was a bit skeptical if “Area 407” would live up to the hype, or just be a movie capitalizing on the trend. Although, I love the style, I didn’t want to fall into the trap of “I LOVE Korn, but does it really mean I have to like Limp Bizkit?”   Well….no.  However, this viewer was pleasantly surprised by the intricacies of the plot…and may also need a horse tranquilizer before her next flight.

“Area 407” mixes just the right amount of terror and conspiracy.  At the outset, the characters are regular air travelers, some more annoying than others. After the horrific plane crash is when the movie, and real horror begins.  The characters weren’t terribly developed, but developed enough to the point where we care about them  Melanie Lyons, who plays Laura the Air Marshall, and James Lyons, who plays Jimmy, a photojournalist finishing up a trip to Afghanistan, give particularly standout performances. The young girls (Abigail Shrader and Samantha Lester) hold their own.  Then you have Charlie (Brenden Patrick Conner). Charlie is the always present, obnoxious, self-centered passenger on every flight.  His character’s personal journey through the film was particularly interesting. Unlike many horror films that see the group’s humanity towards each other disappear as conditions get worse, this group of crash survivors band together.

Now, for the blood and guts of it all.  With the mystery of what creature is out on the woods stalking them, along with the fact that no search and rescue team has been sent for them, the group is bloodied, bruised and completely disoriented.  Not knowing they crashed in a government testing facility, darkness and confusion reign.  This chaotic scene that is set, along with the style of filming enhances the terror of the survivors.  As you can imagine, the outlook is bleak and a trail of bloodied bodies are strewn along the way.

I’m obviously not going to put any spoilers in here on the ending, because I do truly believe “Area 407” is worth your time. I will say that the ending was perfect and absolutely appropriate for the story. All in all, “Area 407” is ninety minutes of a horrifying journey that draws you in, and whether you like it or not, you’re along for the ride. 

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Christine Caprilozzi
Senior Editor at Horror News Network
Christine Bucci-Caprilozzi joined the Horror News Network staff in 2005 when the site was still ComicMonsters.com. She started as a Staff Journalist adding interviews, comic reviews and convention coverage. Christine is also the Lead Organizer/Director of the CT HorrorFest and is a firm believer in keeping the indie spirit of the horror community alive. You can follow her on Twitter @Christine_HNN.
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