Feb 232021

Horizon Line has I guess an interesting premise that was stretched too thin for a feature, and there’s not much here that I enjoyed outside of a couple laughably ridiculous but not enough to give this a recommendation.



Horizon Line

Genre(s): Suspense Thriller
Universal| PG13 – 92 min. – $34.98 | February 16, 2021

Date Published: 02/23/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Mikael Marcimain
Writer(s): Josh Campbell & Matthew Stuecken (written by)
Cast: Allison Williams, Alexander Dreymon, Keith David

Features: Deleted Scenes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 30.58 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.38 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 2¼/5

Plot Synopsis: Former couple Sara (ALLISON WILLIAMS) and Jackson (ALEXANDER DREYMON) board a single-engine plane for a routine and casual flight to their friend’s tropical island wedding. However, when minutes after takeoff, their pilot (KEITH DAVID) suffers a fatal heart attack, leaving them with no idea where they are and no clue how to land the plane. With nothing but miles of ocean and sky in every direction, and a terrifying storm that’s about to envelop them, Sara and Jackson have only one shot – and there’s no going back.

Quick Hit Review: I’m all for dumb fun, hell Swordfish is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and I generally like the Fast and the Furious franchise, but I do have my limits and at the very least those films had fun, entertaining characters; can’t quite say the same for Horizon Line, a film that does have some hilariously ridiculous moments (one scene has Sara lead climbing onto the wing to “refuel” the plane using jet-fuel alcohol) but outside of two scenes, the rest was a bit bland, including the actors, albeit Allison Williams at least is pretty, I just couldn’t care less for the characters’ relationship or the issues they have to confront.

Horizon Line was directed by Mikael Marcimain, Swedish filmmaker whose work mostly has been on television, marks his third film and first in English language and although I don’t think this was a terrible film, and had two funny and ridiculous scenes that go into good-bad territory for sure, the rest isn’t all that entertaining and worse, engaging. This is a film that will easily be forgotten in no time.



This release comes with a glossy slip cover and inside a redemption code for the Digital HD copy, but only redeemable on AppleTV. Outside three Deleted Scenes (5:56), no other features were included.


VIDEO – 4½/5

Horizon Line takes off onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture here mostly looks fine, detail is relatively sharp throughout and colors are well balanced with plenty of blues as the film takes place over the ocean (or green screened that way). There were no major flaws that I noticed and while it’s nothing awe-inspiring, it’s still a fine transfer and comparable with most mid-budget new releases.

AUDIO – 4/5

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is fine if not a bit uneven. For the most part, the dialogue levels are pretty good, coming out clearly via the center speaker. However, I was a bit struck when during the plane sequences as they’re under duress, those moments were really weak, even soft; those are the scenes where the bass should be kicking on and the room is enveloped with each creak in the fuselage.


OVERALL – 2¾/5

Horizon Line has I guess an interesting premise that was stretched too thin for a feature and probably better suited as a TV episode, and there’s not much here that I enjoyed outside of a couple laughably ridiculous sequences that did delve into good-bad territory, but not enough to give this a recommendation.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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