What impressed me was the spirit of the bus driver in the face of extreme stress. The ending was not suspected and a surprise. Using a swish of her long, blonde ponytail to punctuate her commands to her troops was a touch so authentic that one felt as though one had suddenly switched to a documentary. Snobby movie dorks across the world, like my self, probably get more entertainment out of it than anyone. If the producers felt more background was needed, why concentrate on the cops? If I don't have a villain that seems capable of anything. Does anyone proofread the scripts for these train wrecks anymore,before slapping them on audiences? The Audio: The Dolby Digital English stereo mix is okay, with some discreet directionality at times, and a nice re-recording level. The film's symbolism was extremely subtle.
The thing that pops into my mind after 5 minutes of watching is that Sudden Terror might just be a strong competitor of being the worst film I've ever seen. The only actress that did a decent job is the bus driver,who was also good in another movie with Arnold the big man. So what was her plan exactly? This film starts badly, and digs itself into a hole from then on. The scripting flowed like set cement. High point: the last scenes, after the bad guy is dead another one from the plethora of unexpected twists in this movie.
However remote the chance, the fact that it happened once in the 90's suggests an increase in the likelihood of a similar happening today. Of course they start to panic, but not to worry. While bathing in the glow thus created, the audience is subjected to yet another shock. To drive downtown and blow up the Federal building. Based on a true story claims are supposed to help sell this crap? For a start, the title should be had up for flagrant mis-advertising. . But while Marta keeps her head about her, the kidnapper grows more and more unhinged, and the police surround the hijacked bus, ready to shoot to kill if necessary.
The film quickly establishes her deep, abiding concern and outright love for these children, through a series of broad strokes in the form of conversational breakfast sallies between her and her character's husband, played with sensitivity and majesty by Dennis Boutsikaris. Well it's more or less a sickness I have. The continuing chase sequence, although sometimes quite spectacular, was believable and well filmed. When we find out that Maria's aide has diabetes, after being cruelly accused of drug abuse by the madman, pathos is thrown into the mix, sparking a conflagration on the screen. Well anyway, this has to be one of the worst acted films ever. I found this movie entertaining, inspiring, and thoughtful. The shock must have killed him then.
There is nothing wrong with the acting in this movie; why do people always blame the actors for poor film making? Instead of relying on the usual gunfights and explosions, a good deal of thrills, drama and suspense are put in, making the plot pretty intriguing and making the audience eager to find out how the course of events would play almost having the exact adrenaline as the movie Speed. It is not unusual for many true stories that are well presented to seem somewhat bland, or even a bit corny, but the real message often resides in truth and accuracy. The facial expressions and acting skills of all the actors and actresses on the set are very professional and skilled. Christiansen, Tony Danza and Rick Rosenberg. Physically unintimidating one or two of the kids looked like they could take him , Chan can't compensate by cooking up a psychologically scary whacko, either.
We meet the Marta character, and with a few quick strokes aided greatly by Alonso's just-right turn here , we sympathize with her plight: she's new on the job; she's good at what she does; she wants her own kids, but has to settle for loving her special needs bus riders. Made-for-television movies are distributed in 4:3 small screen. For the reason that the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat thru out the whole movie. You would think that they've never seen a gun before the way they acted. Admittedly, in this case it was rather hard to do suchly. You could go see a group of 5 year olds do a play and be blown away by the acting after having watched this.
So the end of the film came. Their total lame display of emotions is laughable at best. Dade County School system bus driver Marta Caldwell Maria Conchita Alonso , only two months on the job driving special needs children in South Miami, is confronted en route one morning by Harry Kee Michael Paul Chan. But while Marta keeps her head about her, the kidnapper grows more and more unhinged, and the police surround the hijacked bus, ready to shoot to kill if necessary. To try to synopsize the film would be pointless, and, besides, would destroy the fun of each breathless chase and climax. Rintels and Schneider actually set up the main action smoothly and efficiently. With tears in my eyes, I watched the rest of the movie.
I would suggest that in this film a message exists that there is hope even in the most extreme circumstances, and that our law enforcement stands ready to help. Without a pause to let the audience recover from this staggering revelation, the film's pace picks up even more. Once I start a movie I have to finish it. However, there are other levels worth looking into here. After this, instead of stopping digging, it takes a pneumatic jack-hammer and seems determined to dig itself right to the centre of the earth. There is no parent alive who would not wish for someone of her character and strength to be the one to protect their child in such an ordeal, were they not there to do it for themselves.
The director needs to go apply at McDonald's for his future. Although the kids are terrified, Marta Caldwell, the bus' Cuban-born driver, remains calm and collected throughout the ordeal, not only helping her charges survive the crisis, but also providing comfort and support to a teacher's aide on the verge of a diabetic seizure. The bus driver is a Cuban immigrant who doesn't panic under pressure according to her husband. It was totally devoid of numerous exploding vehicles, hundreds of rounds of gunfire, gratuitous sex, and excessive testosterone. You see, the bad guy got shot once, then twice more, but never showed any signs of bullet wounds, or any wounds at all. I think that the reality of the movie shows what can happen in life. I'm surprised that any of the other reviewers actually watched the whole movie, given their extreme dislike of it.
I really recommend this movie to anyone. This film accelerates to the action at the same speed as the bus. While, of course, in reality such attention to each child would result in a bus trip of several hours duration, we are caught up in the aura of warmth and love so carefully established. I'm just glad someone told them which end of the gun is the dangerous one, or we would have a very messy situation on our hands. Though slightly weighed down by a subplot involving the courageous driver's home life, manages to pack a wallop,even for those who are aware of the outcome. And that would be Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus 17.