3 Doesn't quite take off.SevenBlack | 30/09/2010 | See all SevenBlack's reviews (23)The story of the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash being the pilot and his subsequent search for answers is an interesting enough plot to grab the senses, however the film is tangled like the wreckage of a downed airliner. The James Herbert novel on which this film is based contains more than enough drama and horror to fill an hour and a half but the resulting film, which decides to deviate in several tangents, seems a bit of a cutting room casualty. Robert Powell in the lead role is very good but does have the look of someone struggling with a poor script and lack of direction. The Jenny Agutter character is either over or under used but it is hard to tell which. There are good points in this too - the opening crash is done well for the era (early 80's) and there are a couple of good 'jumps' but the whole piece is unsettled and at times difficult to understand. Worth watching but let down by plot and direction (by the much missed David Hemmings).