Following her divorce from a respected surgeon Elizabeth Hahn (Lindsay Wagner - Nighthawks) turns her back on the easy life of luxury she had grown accustomed to in order to become a nurse much to the bemusement of her medical student daughter Danae (Hilary Edson) who can't understand what her mother is trying to prove. Danae and Elizabeth are part of a small medical team flying down to a remote clinic in a Mexican jungle which is populated by soldiers and drug growers. When one of the planes suffers a malfunction and crashes deep into the jungle the others land at the nearest strip and despite the dangers make their way back to try and rescue the injured. But with the medicines stolen by local bandits they must try and get the injured to a nearby village where a bigger plane can come and take them to hospital.
Like so many TV movies about planes going down "Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7" which is also known as "Lost in the Wild" is based on a true story and unlike some movies this one tries to tell the story rather than work on manufactured drama and characters. Does it make better than similar themed movies, to be honest no as in trying to be real it lacks a certain amount of excitement which it needs to keep you entertained. But at the same time it is interesting, a bit hacked about in the editing room to keep its running length down but none the less interesting.
What is most interesting about the movie is in fact the performances with the entire cast doing a good job despite the fact we are thrown into a storyline with so little back ground to any of them. Robert Loggia as Dr. Daniel Perrin delivers a commanding performance as the man who takes control of the situation whilst Lindsay Wagner manages to be convincing as Elizabeth, a woman out of her depth but with the confidence of life to tackle things head on unlike the younger student nurses. But whilst not a big performance it is Jennifer Lopez who strangely impresses the most because in the small role as Rosie it is an unaffected and real performance from the now major star.
What this all boils down to is that "Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7" is an interesting movie but one which by trying to be real lacks a certain amount of entertainment which it is calling out for.