Blood Red Sky is a horror-thriller action movie directed by Peter Thorwarth and starring Peri Baumeister, Carl Anton Koch, Alexander Scheer, and Kais Setti, alongside other cast members. The movie is 123 minutes long.
The official Netflix synopsis reads:
When a group of terrorists hijacks an overnight transatlantic flight, a mysteriously ill woman must unleash a monstrous secret to protect her young son.
– Blood Red Sky review contains no spoilers –
Blood Red Sky opens with military personnel getting ready with their gears as a transatlantic flight lands on the runway. We don’t know why though, but everyone on the ground seems to be very scared and confused. We then get to know the story of why everyone is so frantic from a little boy’s flashback.
Nadja has a mysterious illness – but we are not told what in the opening minutes. She takes medication and acts odd before her flight. She’s about to get on an overnight flight with her son, Elias, and go to America to get treated for said mysterious illness. However, there’s a damper on her plans where her flight is hijacked. She, though, is not someone who takes these things lightly.
Blood Red Sky starts off well. We get to know about our main characters enough to attach ourselves to them, but not so much that we can understand what’s about to come. We also see some of the people who will play a major role in the rest of the movie.
The flight takeover is thrilling and pretty scary. Just like every takeover situation, there’s a crazy murderous one who doesn’t listen to anyone and you know there’s going to be some blood and gore, thanks to him. Well, not more than Nadja. Pretty soon, shit starts to hit the fan after an unfortunate incident.
And how it hits. The hijackers don’t know what bit them. In the midst of the blood-soaked mayhem, you also get a background of why and how Nadja became a vampire. The reasons are the usual and she also follows the “laws” of the vampires. However, much of Nadja’s reasoning for doing things is for her son. The love between mother and son is what provides the emotional side to the story.
Indeed, Elias’s interactions with Nadja, even after she turns into a vampire, is absolutely heartwarming. However, at 123 minutes, the movie is a bit long. The little twist here and there cannot make up for how long this vampire tale goes on. It’s not the worst out there, but it’s nothing new either.
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The thing is, Blood Red Sky starts off well enough, manages a decent pace and becomes very interesting till the halfway point. And then, all of a sudden, it takes a very weird turn and becomes more than it can handle. That is when it loses the intrigue that I felt at the beginning. The movie just becomes another vampire flick.
The performances throughout, however, are great in Blood Red Sky. Peri Baumeister and Carl Anton Koch are the lifeblood of this movie and both are absolutely wonderful. Alexander Scheer as the murderous Eightball is great as well and packs a twisted punch.
Additionally, this is a very bloody movie that is practical effects heavy. Blood Red Sky shines in that respect too. It looks great and the blood and gore look realistic. Moreover, the production quality is top-notch and adds more to the experience.
Summing up: Blood Red Sky
Blood Red Sky’s vampire story starts off well but the thrill starts to dissipate around the second half. I didn’t find anything new that this movie shows us and watching the same thing over and over again just makes it tiring after a while. It’s somewhere between a great vampire movie and a horrible one, so watch this one if you’ve run out of thrillers.
Blood Red Sky is streaming on Netflix.