Even though John Travolta has starred in a number of timeless films and innumerable box office hits, you should temper your expectations when you watch him in the lead role of an action thriller that is only available on home video or on demand. Amazingly, the actor has starred in no fewer than seven films that have received a score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Life on the Line is the one shocking the streaming service.
The irredeemably horrible disaster film, according to FlixPatrol, was one of the most watched movies on the ad-supported platform Freevee during the weekend, and it somehow managed to overtake another title to become the most watched movie for people in the United Kingdom.
The tragic past of Travolta’s power and telephone lineman is established, and after his niece’s boyfriend eventually joins his crew, a boiling family dynamic reinforces the clichés. Despite their best efforts to get along, the motley crew is forced to band together when a storm threatens to cause chaos and unimaginable destruction. As a result of their bonds, they are forced to put their own lives at the mercy of the roaring storm.
Life on the Line does at least offer a potentially intriguing premise, but based on how audiences and critics responded to the final product, it is obvious that director David Hackl failed to deliver. Travolta frequently produces questionable VOD niche films, but he never matches
Despite their best efforts to get along, the motley crew is forced to band together when a storm threatens to cause chaos and unimaginable destruction. As a result of their bonds, they are forced to put their own lives at the mercy of the roaring storm.
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Life on the Line does at least offer a potentially intriguing idea, however based on how audiences and critics responded to the film,
Despite having a long history of successful roles, John Travolta hasn’t starred in a significant Hollywood production since the 2010 action flick From Paris with Love, which barely made money on home turf. Since then, Travolta has consistently earned work from low-profile projects that have little to no theatrical exposure before making their video-on-demand debuts. The Oscar-nominated star of timeless films like Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction has already starred alongside Ethan Hawke in action thriller I Am Wrath and western In a Valley of Violence this year. With Life on the Line, he now leads his third 2016 release.
The lineman in the movie, who are in charge of maintaining the electrical grid and fixing power lines, are the major characters.
Life on the Line contrasts with that undoubtedly exaggerated sci-fi grandeur with a tedious suburban drama that only indirectly relates to the underlying drama that drives the movie.
Life on the Line establishes through a faux-documentary introduction that some sort of calamity befell the linemen and essentially leaves it up to title cards to keep track of this dreadful impending storm. Until it does, viewers must endure a tonne of melodrama, much of which is focused on either the dreary love story between Bailey and Duncan or a troubled housewife (Julie Benz) who has moved in across the street with her family. Flashbacks interrupt occasionally to show how much these characters have improved from being uninteresting.
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