If I had to sum up 7500 in one word it would probably be, “What?”. This is a horror film that tries to be scary. No, that’s not correct. It’s a movie the tries to be a horror. No, that’s still not right. It’s images moving on a screen with sounds. At least that’s what I think the movie is going for.
The movie opens with a control tower trying to contact a plane in distress. From there we’re given a calmer scene as characters are introduced by boarding said plane in the past. They consist of a married couple, a Goth, a guy with a girl, a person, a figure, a thing, a pony – you know what I’ll stop myself right there. The acting and screenwriting is so terrible you won’t actually care who these people really are. Heck, I can’t remember a single one of their names.
Okay, so back to the story. After a while one of the characters has a panic attack and dies, because “plot”. After some more characters talk about their mundane lives – this is well over forty minutes into the movie by the way – the plane depressurises and drops gas masks. Once the plane recovers the horror element to the movie begins. I use the word “horror” in the loosest of terms. Removing the DVD from its box was scarier experience than 7500. People are picked off one by one by something no one can explain. Spoiler alert (in the same way milk spoils): It’s eventually revealed to be a Japanese spirit, but this is only revealed once you’ve died and fallen asleep from sheer boredom. The movie tries its hardest to stay on course and somewhat relevant to its own plot. Then “stuff happens” and the movie finishes with one of the most bizarre closing scenes in history.
By now you might have realised I’m not particularly fond of 7500. Sure it has a set, and some lighting, and fog, and chairs, but all of that just cannot make up for how terrible the overall experience is. From the script to the acting, nothing feels right. The film is directed by Takashi Shimizu (Ju-on, The Grudge), but I have to wonder if he didn’t be-Grudge having to work on this title.
Overall don’t buy it, don’t rent it, don’t watch it. Just count up to the number 7500, which is a far more enjoyable experience.