Final Approach Reviews

  • Nov 12, 2015

    Here is a movie which could easily be a very effective stage play. The script is terse and Sikking and Elizondo give outstanding performances. Watch this in one sitting as continuity is crucial to get the full effect of the story. The contemporary technology as presented was cutting edge at the time of production but is now, sadly, dated. The story stands firmly on its own two feet. If you need todays brand of trite closure, look elsewhere.

    Here is a movie which could easily be a very effective stage play. The script is terse and Sikking and Elizondo give outstanding performances. Watch this in one sitting as continuity is crucial to get the full effect of the story. The contemporary technology as presented was cutting edge at the time of production but is now, sadly, dated. The story stands firmly on its own two feet. If you need todays brand of trite closure, look elsewhere.

  • Apr 20, 2015

    This is my favorite movie. On the other hand, most of the people I have shared it with find it boring and, to be fair, it is a bit slow and you have to pay attention to the movie.

    This is my favorite movie. On the other hand, most of the people I have shared it with find it boring and, to be fair, it is a bit slow and you have to pay attention to the movie.

  • Nov 24, 2014

    From what I can remember, this is a real head trip.

    From what I can remember, this is a real head trip.

  • Nov 23, 2011

    Hector Elizondo at his best !

    Hector Elizondo at his best !

  • Jul 29, 2011

    perfect film, if only there were a dvd release??

    perfect film, if only there were a dvd release??

  • Jul 25, 2010

    Film noir meets Freudian nightmare meets stupid meets waste of time meets could've been sleeping ... oh, I was.

    Film noir meets Freudian nightmare meets stupid meets waste of time meets could've been sleeping ... oh, I was.

  • Dec 28, 2009

    Love to see this on DVD. I have it on tape.

    Love to see this on DVD. I have it on tape.

  • Nov 26, 2009

    I've been looking around at other people's reviews of this film (not just here, but on other movie websites). Maybe it's just some crazy idea that's come into my head, but it seems to me that the point of the film, as revealed in the ending, is that Col. Jason is dead. He died in the crash, and Dr. Gottlieb is a sort of St. Peter figure, trying to acclimatize him to the afterlife. I haven't seen anybody else even mention anything like such an interpretation, but to me it seems obvious. Or perhaps I'm just drunk.

    I've been looking around at other people's reviews of this film (not just here, but on other movie websites). Maybe it's just some crazy idea that's come into my head, but it seems to me that the point of the film, as revealed in the ending, is that Col. Jason is dead. He died in the crash, and Dr. Gottlieb is a sort of St. Peter figure, trying to acclimatize him to the afterlife. I haven't seen anybody else even mention anything like such an interpretation, but to me it seems obvious. Or perhaps I'm just drunk.

  • Brett W Super Reviewer
    Sep 04, 2009

    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.

    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.

  • Pamela D Super Reviewer
    Jun 03, 2009

    A well written, surreal occult film that looks like a psychological thriller or intelligence community type film until the end. Clever and attention sustaining.

    A well written, surreal occult film that looks like a psychological thriller or intelligence community type film until the end. Clever and attention sustaining.