Amazon Prime Video has debuted the trailer for action thriller 7500, which will launch on the streaming service on Friday, June 19. Written and directed by Patrick Vollrath, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
It looks like a routine day at work for Tobias (Gordon-Levitt), a soft-spoken young American co-pilot on a flight from Berlin to Paris as he runs through the preflight checklist with Michael, the pilot, and chats with Gökce, his flight-attendant girlfriend. But shortly after takeoff, terrorists armed with makeshift knives suddenly storm the cockpit, seriously wounding Michael and slashing Tobias’ arm.
Temporarily managing to fend off the attackers, a terrified Tobias contacts ground control to plan an emergency landing. But when the hijackers kill a passenger and threaten to murder more innocent people if he doesn’t let them back into the cockpit, this ordinary man faces an excruciating test.
7500 also stars Aylin Tezel as Gökce, Aurélie Thépaut as Nathalie, Carlo Kitzlinger as Michael, and Paul Wollin as Daniel. The film was produced by Maximilian Leo and Jonas Katzenstein.
The movie premiered in 2019 at the Locarno Film Festival, which talked to Joseph Gordon-Levitt about the movie last year. “I thought the script touched on a lot of intriguing and important ideas about how different people with different cultural identities perceive each other,” the actor told the festival.
“But the script alone didn’t convince me to do it. It was when I met with Patrick and he described the unconventional approach he wanted to shoot with. The script served as more of an outline. He wanted to create an extremely realistic environment, leave the camera rolling for 20, 30, 40 minutes at a time, really immerse the actors in this extreme situation. That felt like a creative challenge I’d never faced before, and that was when I knew I wanted to take the job.”
Gordon-Levitt also talked about the challenges of filming the movie in such a confined space as the cockpit of a plane. “It might seem counter-intuitive, but I think the limited location actually helped,” he said. “Oftentimes what makes that difficult is all the logistics of shooting a movie. Every location presents a new set of circumstances for lighting, for camera, for sound, etc.
“As an actor, you have to get used to those logistics before you can narrow your focus into your character’s subjectivity. But since we were in the same location the whole time, we got those logistics out of the way early. When I got on set, I didn’t have to worry about lights or camera or anything else. That really helped me stay focused on what I needed to focus on.”
The actor also mentioned that he thought it was important that the characters are presented as complicated humons. “I don’t believe that the real world has any absolute heroes or absolute villains. Every individual is complicated. We all have virtues and we all have shortcomings. I do believe that people shouldn’t resort to violence in order to solve problems.”
“That said, usually if somebody is resorting to violence, there’s a complicated story behind how they got there. That doesn’t make them right. But it does make them human. Fiction can sometimes present human characters with more complexity than non-fiction, journalism, etc. When we made 7500, we were never thinking about what would make the most thrilling plot, we were always focused on what would be the most honest way to render these human characters.”