Shitty Movie Critic Reviews Weird Ass Movie About Plane Crashes

Like I said before, I’m not a film critic. I won’t pretend to be something I’m not in the fleeting hope of online relevance. In the hope of fleeting online relevance. Both, I guess.

Anyway, there’s this movie called Charlie Victor Romeo and from what I gathered (though, I’m going to go ahead and admit right here that I did the least amount of non-scientific research to verify any of this) it was originally a play, but then was turned into a movie. I totally believe this.

But first, a confession.

I’m a dude who flies a lot. I don’t mean to brag or anything, but it’s April, and I’ve already got Gold status on Delta. So, I’m on a first name basis with the friendly skies.

I’m also a dude who can go down the rabbit hole of watching plane crash videos on Youtube. Obvs, because people don’t normally know when planes are going to crash, there aren’t multiple camera angles or anything, and most of the time, there aren’t really any visual accompaniments (except sometimes computer generated re-enactments), it’s just the audio from the air traffic control tower/cockpit. I’m fascinated how the conversations go from the mundane to the horrifying when the crew realizes that something catastrophic has happened and will continue to happen until there is nothing left to do, but…

I’ve got a friend who has done some piloting in his life and we’ll sometimes watch the videos together and he’ll explain to me some of the more technical aspects of what exactly went wrong, why, etc. He lives across the country and it’s an infrequent ritual that when we’re hanging out on my last night in town, we’ll watch those videos. The next morning I get on a plane. So far I haven’t jinxed myself.

Unless I have, and you all can point to this archived website as proof of some conspiracy theory/wrinkle in the universe.

Anywho, you might hear my confession and say, “Dude, that’s fucked up. Why do you watch that stuff?”

I don’t know exactly. It’s remarkable in its own way. It’s an extreme thing. But when I try to dig deeper about it, asking myself tougher questions, I am usually absent any concrete answers. I do, however, take solace in the fact that there are millions of hits on these videos, so I’m not the only one who watches them.

And that brings me to today’s movie review.

Charlie Victor Romeo (CVR aka Cockpit Voice Recorder) is a movie that’s set entirely in cockpit. Six different cockpits to be exact. There are approximately five actors and they take turns playing the role of captain, first officer, etc. For their dialogue, they use the actual recorded conversations of the six doomed flights (what was picked up on the cockpit voice recorder). There are no special effects. There are no love scenes. The thrust of the movie relies entirely on the dialogue and the viewer’s sense of impending dread.

A certain subset of the population would tell you that this is an absolutely disgusting concept for a movie. Maybe they’re right. But it’s also very compelling and effective at building emotion (dread/doom). It’s hard not to get to the end and ask yourself — “What do I think of this movie?” and then “What do I think about myself?”

This movie definitely isn’t for everybody. In fact, it might not be for mostbodies. But I’m sure it will be compelling to more than a few of you.

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Ben LeRoy writes about a lot of things, but really loves talking about music. In his pre-retirement life he ran a publishing company. Now he gardens and travels and pretends to have authority on cultural matters.

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