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Default (2014)




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An American news crew is taken hostage aboard a chartered jet off the coast of Seychelles by a gang of Somali pirates. The leader of the pirates is driven by one goal - to be interviewed by a prominent member of the crew, legendary journalist Frank Saltzman. For the welfare of his colleagues Saltzman agrees to the demand before realizing they are immersed in a mortal battle that questions personal beliefs and the nature of fear. (C) Amplify

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Critic Reviews for Default

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Resourceful, Los Angeles-shot low-budgeter is solidly assembled, with Xander Lott's unobtrusive yet unsettling score a plus.

October 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Brand devotes so much running time to fear-mongering and grotesque stereotypes that a last-ditch effort at moral ambiguity and a critique on muckraking barely register.

October 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Even the failure to find a persuasive closing note doesn't detract from Mr. Oyelowo's riveting performance.

October 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Brand works hard at verisimilitude on the plane and in the film's many intercut cable-news segments, but it's hard to achieve realism in a mode that's so completely contrived.

October 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Default's stylistic choices in storytelling give the found footage genre some maturity not seen since Barry Levinson's The Bay.

June 18, 2015 | Full Review…'s hard not to imagine how much dropping the live footage concept would have benefitted the entire project.

October 24, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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