The Stream: A bit too long with scenes that don’t add much
The Big Screen: Intense scenes throughout that entertain
The Final Bill: An intense movie with ambition, but falls a little short– S2S: Movie Review
Director: Peter Thorwarth
Writers: Stefan Holtz, Peter Thorwarth
Stars: Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Alexander Scheer, Kais Setti
Genre: Action, Thriller, Horror
Rating: TV-MA (Violence, Gore, slight language)
Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
Production Companies: Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Sirena Film
Hey Streamers out there! It has been a busy few weeks, but that doesn’t mean the streaming stops. This week we noticed the release of Blood Red Sky on July 23, 2021. The movie poster and caption peaked my interest, but the 2 hour runtime frightened me. I mean can I really pull myself away from the Olympics 2020 for a whole two hours? Well, I managed to do so and let’s see how it turned out.
Blood Red Sky is about a woman with a mysterious illness forced to protect her son when terrorists attempt to hijack their flight to America. I know you’re saying… what illness does this poor, loving mom have? Well, that’s for me to know and you to find out when you watch; but, whatever she has, I don’t want. This movie is a mash up of a bunch of storylines we all enjoy. Hijacked planes, people fighting bad guys, and horror! Slightly creative but ultimately feels like a longer version of World War Z mixed with District 9 and 30 Days of Night scenes. It’s a basic premise that takes a really long time to develop. And yet I know that I’m tired of these Monkey Loving terrorists on this Mother Fighting plane! *Samuel L. voice* I will say the brutality of the terrorists was a little fun because a couple are familiar faces from other movies and shows. I’m looking at you Heat Wave/Mick Rory and Chidi Ajufo. Realistically, the actors do a good job of simultaneously making us hate the terrorists but also like them all at once. Otherwise, there’s not much to the acting in this film but Carl Koch, as Elias, and Kais Setti, as Farid, do a pretty good job for their roles. Both are able to portray the severity, fear, panic, and empathy that the moment needs. I know that’s confusing and intriguing at the same time.
Needless to say, Blood Red Sky never needed to be made but I’m surprised that I’m glad it was. Honestly, I might have been a little mad if I’d paid to see this in the theater but for free, I’m pleasantly surprised. If you love a good vampire chase movie, then you’ll enjoy this flick. Blood Red Sky keeps it interesting and full of anxiety throughout the movie, even though the storyline falls off hard midway through and the movie drags on for too long. If you’re into horror flicks and don’t mind the façade of a heist flick, I say turn to Netflix and check this one out with a bowl of popcorn. It’s not must see TV but it won’t let you down in a jam.