Life on the Line

1 h 37 min2016R
In this tense thriller starring John Travolta and Kate Bosworth, a team of Texas linemen races to install miles of cable before a deadly lightning storm destroys the power grid.
David Hackl
John TravoltaKate BosworthDevon Sawa
English [CC]
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Gil BellowsJulie BenzSharon Stone
Phillip GlasserMarvin Peart
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2922 global ratings

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James MReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie was gut wrenching bad. I've been a lineman for thirty years, and how this movie depicts what lineman would do in the far fetched scenarios shown, I don't even know where to start as to how wrong and unrealistic everything was. If I could give a negative rating, it'd be a minus five stars.
48 people found this helpful
Lauren GarciaReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
informative film
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People are so ignorant. I'm honestly just frustrated BEYOND, seeing reviews based on "entertainment", rather than the importance of what the "story" = "movie" is based on.Making a movie is extremely $$$$$, & close to perfect luck at the end of a process to translate the story and get the point across, if there is a point. If your just making a movie for entertainment value, watch "Transformers" as much as you want if you, if you want to be entertained. If your watching a movie & you come to the end, realizing awareness of something you knew nothing about, because you just got "informed" about a relevant issue, TRY to separate, the acting, delivery of lines, cinematography, etc, from the basis of the story. DUH!!!
This movie was definitely B level, not award winning by any means, but the story of "Linemen" needed to be told & honored. Had no idea, how many linemen lose their lives in the line of duty, how dangerous and crazy this job is, and how brave these men are, to go to work day in and day out, not recognized (working to provide a basic necessity, or "luxury" depending on what you consider a necessity), and there is no awareness or celebration, or funding towards the lives of their loved ones who deserve that. We wouldn't have electrical access without these brave men!! Like most blue collar, middle class employed who are not payed what they deserved, or benefitting from contribution as a hard working American citizen. Here's a representation of what makes America "great", not great "again"....
What do you do for a living to contribute?
25 people found this helpful
German A. GutierrezReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Real Bad Movie. Tacky full of cliches
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Real Bad Movie. Tacky full of cliches, the bully, the tough guy that has a horrible memory of something, the unhappy wife, the sore of crazy veteran, the stupid fights, the irresponsible evil corporation pushing the employees unfairly, omg, etc., etc., It might be based in real events but the movie is just boring, one hour into the movie and nothing happened other than the boring "stories", the real storm basically never came, I have been in real storms, sorry but this one is portrayed poorly. John Travolta is one of my favorite actors, wow, what a mistake taking this role, bad plot to say the least. NO, I would not watch it again or buy it as I do with movies i like.
24 people found this helpful
Honest but fairReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
You'll gain much respect for the lineman after watching this.
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This movie gave me the real knowledge of what a line walker does. I now have a newfound respect, and gratitude to The Linemen that make our lives easier because of what they do. This is one of the most dangerous jobs a person can have and 95% of the time one of the most Thankless!

I don't know if anyone else is like me and because you didn't have a family member working for a utility or electric supplier you got upset when you found yourself without power. No thought to the men and women that are 'getting the lights back on'. Not because you were an ingrate, or had no thought of these individuals. Because when we have to work for a living, some are faced sometimes with dangerous, dirty, unpleasant jobs. I'm not a big John Travolta fan anymore because as he has gotten older, he's become a cross between Gere and Segal with the expression's and affectations when performing. He seems to draw from the other roles he's played of a blue collar guy, a loser, soldier, or successful businessman. Only the title of the film, his lines and character names change. That's okay though, cause I'll watch him any day over the other two.
17 people found this helpful
cathyReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reminds us what they do for us.
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Live in a mountain city, power gets knocked out quite a bit. We get some major winds, they can tear a full grown tree out of the ground, and guess where the tree goes...... You got it, right on the power lines. Not to mention the lighting that hits our grids. As I am sitting here in the dark, I always remember this movie, and pray for the linemen. They are out in the middle of the worst conditions, risking their lives so we can flush a toilet, turn on an oven, or just watch T.V. Thank you, each and every lineman in Montana and across the country. Maybe this movie did or did not catch all that some think it should have, but a step son that is a tower dog, and shows us pictures of how high they have to climb and work, well lets just say God Bless you all and keep you all safe.
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Steve OzReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
A very disappointing representation of these hard working people!
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This review is regarding the movie not the content. As a whole there was a story, but there are area's that make no sense and are not thought out by the writers. Some scenes have no logic to them, with the timeline jumping around with no proper transitions to blend from one point to another. The acting is equally not what this content deserves. John Travolta has some kind of made up accent that is not really identifiable to the character, or any other character for that matter. The guy with the muscle car has a totally illogical purpose and has nothing to offer the story. Maybe some thought out writing would make him have more of a sensible addition to the movie, other than shooting the gun that leads to the climax of the film. The neighbor's husband climes a tower (with no wires) and seemingly seems to want to jump, but then magically appears for the altercation with muscle car guy. The sets are just horrible, and the special effects are equally as bad with silly CG fire and a horrid train crash. I would expect that there was no research and thought put into some of the jobs and procedures to perform this type of work. The repairs depicted and basically the story plot for them really don't seem realistic at all. Oh and what electric company is still putting up wooden poles anymore? Which leads to the storm itself. It was no more than rain, they used no wind, no lighting, and nothing to cause the havoc that was depicted by the story. There just was one let down after another though the entire movie!
15 people found this helpful
Captain's WenchReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is just juvenile and insulting to the people that really do this type of work.
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This is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It showed nothing about what a lineman does. Nothing about their work. Nothing about the electrical grid. It was overly dramatic, unrealistic and juvenile. It was so ridiculous at times I thought I was watching a spoof instead of a drama. Attempted rape, gun fight, PTSD, train wreck, city wide power outage plus much more all in a matter of minutes. Really?? Did no one actually watch this before it was released and say I can’t believe we made this movie? Just horrible.
19 people found this helpful
NastashaRaeReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Movie!!
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I see that it got bad reviews because it was not realistically showing what line men do. I do not think that was their goal. They were telling a story of something that happened and how hard line men have it out there! It is a high risk job and they put in long hours, night and day, and families suffer from it. It is a story of how a town comes together to help each other out and the pain they have suffered. It is a great and very sad movie! I enjoyed the movie and I see myself watching it again.
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