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BMZ Review: Living in the Age of Airplanes
By Ann Coates


Living in the Age of Airplanes
Written by: Ann Coates
Source: Big Movie Zone
Date: April 10, 2015


Category: Reviews

This is not a film about airplanes.  Rather it explores the influence and impact human flight has had on our world.  Those looking for a film about gear and tech should probably avoid.  But for those looking for insight and a refreshing take on our relationship to flight will find this film both intriguing and satisfying.

Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger, Airplanes attempts to bring wonder back to flight in world where traveling by air has become consistently mundane, and at times excruciating.  A difficult task to achieve when talking about commercial flights.  The film succeeds to some extent, not so much with the actual act of flying, but with its illustration of how flight can connect any one individual with the rest of the world.

What the film provides most notably is perspective.  For tens of thousands of years, human migration was confined to walking.  For most of human history, cultures and civilizations were drastically isolated.  Only in the modern era did the entire world connect through the ability to fly.  Not just with people but goods as well, Airplanes deftly conveys modern civilization's debt to air travel.

Good use of the Giant Screen format come in via travelogue-type images from Brazil to Cambodia to Italy and France.  Most of these images showcase the classic Giant Screen landscape shot.  But as the film values perspective, these shots then slowly pan out to reveal the man-made decks and walkways from which people experience Iguazu Falls or the Grand Canyon or any other tourist attraction.  It's a provocative touch to the commonplace Giant Screen beauty shot -- the injection of artificiality in a natural setting is jarring and even slightly disturbing.

It's a typical characteristic of the film -- it consistently surprises you out of your expectations.  Yes, it talks about airplanes.  But not the thing itself, but as our literal vehicle to reach greater things and experiences.

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