Friday Mar 10, 2023
Drop Zone – Look Out Below
Drop Zone, like a lot of mediocre 90s action movies, puts a spin on a successful formula established in a much better film. In this case, it's 1991's Point Break.
Substituting skydiving for surfing and Wesley Snipes for Keanu Reeves, Drop Zone attempts to be edgy and hip like its inspiration, but mostly free falls in trying.
That's not to say that there aren't elements of it to be appreciated. The skydiving scenes are excellently shot, aside from the awkward green screen closeups; and the hammy turn of Gary Busey as the villainous Ty Moncrief is vintage 90s bad guy fare.
But, as mentioned, Drop Zone isn't exactly genre defining. Hence why it received poor reviews (39% on Rotten Tomatoes with 23 of them) and struggled at the box office (grossing just $62 million worldwide on a budget of $45 million).
But, let's face it, we all knew an action movie about skydiving thieves would be dumb, so just embrace it.
Now, sit back, enjoy the ludicrous wig of Busey's student double, and get high with an Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Chumpzilla, and Bling Blake are toasting to blue skies and black death!
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – Passenger 57 is back, but this time he's jumping out of planes! (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – In a movie full of practical stunts, which was our favorite? (20:44)
- The "Blue Skies, Black Death" Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast sabotages their opponents parachute, and then I challenge the field to trivia about the movie. (47:27)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We finish "Hops and Xtreme Flops," with a movie only Bling Blake has heard of, Damned River! (54:59)
And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—how they pulled off all the stunts and more—from this week’s episode!
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