Soumik Banerjee’s review published on Letterboxd:
Runway 34 feels like an amalgamation of two different films with two distinctive approaches; while the first half of the film as an out and out aviation thriller brings forth a palpable screenplay that elevates the tension and the uncertainty, the second half on the other hand played more like a conventional courtroom drama dissecting on the unfortunate tragedy.
If I were, to sum up, my personal experience in a few words, I would say the first half is magnificent in every sense. The way the whole thing has been set up, how both the screenplay and the narrative make use of the surroundings to uplift the anxiety; it's exceptional, out of this world! And I'm not even exaggerating, the initial half of this film alone set a pretty good example of how aviation stories must be written and carried out, and that too in an effective manner.
As far as the latter half is concerned, it is mostly dialogue-oriented with little to no room for elements of suspense or thrill. However, what makes this comparatively timid and uneventful part click is the performances. Both Mr. Bachchan and Mr. Devgn had performed to their respective capabilities. So did Rakul Preet Singh; speaking of which, this might be her best work up until now!
So is this a perfect film? No, but this is an all-important endeavor nonetheless that will play a decisive role in what's to come in the future. It has the power to shape and reform the genre as well as to aspire to the next generation of filmmakers who might wanna do films on such challenging themes. And for that, we must thank and be grateful to Mr. Devgn who as the producer/director of this film has taken all the necessary steps and risks and spared no expenses to turn his vision and notions into reality. Kudos to the team behind the Visual Effects too, as they have demonstrated some stunning imageries.
P.S. That whole landing sequence with the song "The Fall" (by Jasleen Royal) playing in the background, was an unreal exhibition of cinematic excellence and dexterity. Goosebumps were all over my body!