WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
“We were trying to locate the audience,” – Director Robert Schwentke Yet another Jodie Foster vehicle that’s headed straight for the express lane to hell, FLIGHTPLAN attempts to play with our current fears of flying and terrorism, at the same time trying to pull an M. Night Shameonyou. Is her daughter missing? Is Jodie Foster insane? Are there terrorists on board? Is her daughter kidnapped? These are all questions that the film tries to make you ask, but do we give a flip?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you’ve seen the trailer for FLIGHTPLAN, you know the answer. This movie is disturbingly awful. From the opening frame, I didn’t like Jodie Foster one bit (which I usually do). Her characters way too mental and she has no makeup. The whole film, it was like the filmmakers were trying to pull a passable episode of 24 but even more ridiculous. Just so you know, I called the twist when I saw a key character. I didn’t like the main characters, I didn’t like the story, and I sure as hell didn’t like the babies crying in 5.1 surround sound! For the record, I was in a good mood and it’s my birthday. What garbage.
Now conceivably if Jack Bauer, Jodie Foster, and Sean Bean had a script, I might have a heart attack from the tension, but there’s none to be found here. Yes, the visuals are good but haven’t we all learned our lesson by now – especially a drama? Oh, and there’s some other things that pissed me off like Foster attacking some Arab passengers. I wanted to shoot her myself. Super unrealistic, boring, and dumb. Please DO NOT watch this film, even if you’re curious. Hell, watch EXECUTIVE DESCISION instead.
Filmmaker Audio Commentary: This is by and large boring but there are a few gems that reveal why this movie was crap. Lines like the aforementioned “We were trying to locate the audience,” “this film barely hangs together,” really go a long to sell the movie. They should have put these quotes on the movie poster.
“The In-Flight Movie: The Making of Flightplan” Featurette: Covering story, casting, visual effects, and so-on I don’t see why a single soul would care to watch anything to do with this film after seeing it. Alas, it’s my job. What I got from these short EPKs is that the creators are friggin’ insane just like Jodie Foster. Also it appears as if they “greenscreened” the entire film! Why? I mean this is not George Lucas we’re talking about.
“Cabin Pressure Designing The Aalto E-474” Featurette: Call me uninterested but I didn’t care to see what fabrics are on the individual chairs. “We had to plan to build the sets,” well duh. I think after seeing a plethora of standardized behind-the-scenes the standard viewing public knows a thing or two.
Movie audiences aren’t dumb anymore (well most) and we won’t stand for terrible trash. If you want my advice, don’t even think about this film much less see it. If you have a hankering for flight films again check out EXECUTIVE DECISION. I really felt insulted watching this and especially slapped in the face watching the special features. The one good thing I took from this DVD are the commentary gems. Would you want to see a film that the director says, “barely hangs together”?
>>Final Decision: Shelter Your Eyes