Final Approach (1991)

Final Approach


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Colonel Jason J. Halsey is a test pilot for the super-secret Stealth bomber. During one mission, he has a terrible crash and loses consciousness. This special-effects-laden drama follows what happens to him afterward. When Halsey finally awakens he is suffering from total amnesia and finds himself face to face with Dr. Dio Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, who uses a variety of techniques to jog his memory. Gottlieb's tests are grueling and Halsey begins to rebel and even becomes violent. Still the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gerald Laurence, Eric Steven Stahl
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On DVD: Jul 8, 1992


as Col. Jason Halsey

as Dr. Gottlieb

as Mrs. Casey Halsey

as Gen. Geller

as Brooke Halsey

as Ms. Peters

as Jason's Father

as Jason's Mother

as Country Doctor

as Emergency Room Docto...

as Woman in Waiting Roo...

as Man in Waiting Room
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Critic Reviews for Final Approach

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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | September 30, 2002

Audience Reviews for Final Approach

Like a number of other films Final Approach uses the flashback as a means of discovery and plot progression, but deviates in that it takes place exclusively in one room, and in the main character's mind. The plus side of this storytelling choice is that it creates a claustrophobic atmosphere that raises the anxiety level felt by Jason as he tries to make sense of everything. The acting, for the most part, sustains the atmosphere but unfortunately after the final ten minutes of revelation you find the previous two hours were little more than setup. Always waiting in ambush to reveal the final twist the film does nothing to provide meaning beyond "where am I?". Once Jason leaves the office we see that we haven't really learned what it all meant. Why was he the way he was? What was the deal with his dead wife? Did any of that have significance?
All we discover is the destination, and nothing about the consequences, which are more important.

Brett Warren

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