Flying is apparently the safest way to travel, but you wouldn’t know it if you watched the Massimiliano Cerchi directed Mayday.
With a screenplay written by Rod Smith, despite there being some seriously strange characters which board Flight 88 from Los Angeles to London, this film doesn’t reach the standard one would expect of an airborne horror.
With the degree of potential, the story had, one would have expected the screenplay writer to have done a better job. Unfortunately, with what we see on screen, Smith did a p***-poor job. Nevertheless, whilst the writing was lackadaisical, the acting is even worse.
The story revolves around passengers and flight crew aboard Flight 88. The opening scene sees flight attendants Lynn (Chanel Ryan) and Aeryn (Sadie Katz) greeting the passengers as they board the aircraft. The only really likeable passenger aboard the flight is Rochelle (Crystal Santos) and she turns out to be more than meets the eye.
Right up until the lights begin to flicker and go out for a few seconds, Flight 88 is just an ordinary routine flight. Each time the lights flicker and switch off, a passenger disappears from the aircraft. The only person that seems to take the situation seriously is Adam Anderson (Michael Paré). Anderson, a regular passenger with this cabin crew, is an air marshal.
When the production is set in one place, one as restrictive as an aeroplane, the importance of acting and dialogue increases. Except for the boarding scene at the beginning of the film, much of the production occurs onboard the plane. Nothing highlights bad acting like a limited setting.
Despite it being natural for the passengers and crew members to express a high degree of fear, nothing about the acting seems real. Even with casual conversation, the acting feels forced. The only upside to this film is its run-time. It’s only 76-minutes.