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Flightplan (2005)
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Review Date: September 23, 2005
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Peter A. Dowling, Billy Ray
Producers: Brian Grazer
Actors:
Jodie Foster as Kyle
Peter Sarsgaard as Gene
Sean Bean as Captain Rich
Plot:
A woman, shattered by the sudden death of her husband, gets on a plane with his coffin and her daughter, hoping to return to America, bury the poor man and re-ignite her life with said child. Waking up during the flight, she discovers her daughter to be missing, and spends the rest of the film/flight trying to find her. Everyone helps, feels sorry for her, thinks she’s drunk until…well, nobody remembers seeing the daughter with her in the first place. Is the woman nuts? Does her daughter even exist? Is that Harvey Keitel in a pimp outfit in the background? German thrills ensue. Call me, Erika!!
Critique:
Two thirds of this movie is pretty gosh-darn good and suspenseful. The third act, on the other hand…meh, not so much. That said, I’m still going out on a limb to recommend this film in theaters, but ever so slightly, if only because the first 2/3 were decent enough, and I don’t like castrating a movie simply because its final act doesn’t totally come through. Also, the actors were all pretty solid (even Sarsgaard, despite looking like he was falling asleep half the time), we’re given 2 hottie stewardesses and ultimately, I was pretty intrigued by the whole affair…that is, up until it resolved itself and…well, it didn’t turn out to be as great as I hoped it might be. The film will definitely “work” better on video, but if you’re into thrillers, appreciate the lead actors, particularly Jodie Foster and Sean Bean (Boromir!!!), who respectively make believers of their characters, you might still get a tingle in your pants in theaters as well. The film also tosses a slew of politically incorrect moments into the soup, including the ol’ “arabs on a plane” angle, as well as a possibly disturbed woman being chastised by the masses (not much sympathy for this freaked-out lady, let me tell you). I enjoyed all of those uncomfortable moments because ultimately, as much as Foster seemed to be in quite the horrible situation – her daughter disappearing and all – everyone did such fine jobs in their roles that even I wanted to tell her to “shut the f*ck up and sit down already!” on many an occasion as well.

So it worked…they twisted my mind enough to go along with whatever they wanted me to go along with until…well, again…the third act which essentially goes in a certain direction (there really aren’t many ways to go actually) that doesn’t really work, but if you don’t really think about it too hard as it’s happening, won’t bother you all too much either, until you walk out of the theater, think back and laugh at how ridiculous that resolution really is. In other words, if you’re one of those people who cannot handle much suspension of disbelief in your thrillers, you’re likely better to skip this sucker altogether as there’s nothing really new that comes out of it, and you’re sure to get pretty pissed by the way it all comes together (or in this case, doesn’t really come together). If you’re “easier” on thrillers because you work hard all week and just want to be kept in suspense for a little while, and then not really care about whether or not the film is gonna swipe your mind a la FIGHT CLUB or THE SIXTH SENSE, then I’m sure you’ll get some entertainment value out of this film, if only because the directing is sharp, the actors all nice and believable (wake up, Sarsgaard!!), Boromir is the man and it kept me guessing for most of the way, which only a very small percentage of films are able to accomplish nowadays. It did feel longer than it actually was though; the film only runs about 95 minutes, but felt like two hours. Next up for Jodie Foster: stuck on a train with her daughter and Jared Leto with a bomb, she trembles, she cries…she’s Jodie Foster in yet another nutty thriller!!
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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12:24AM on 10/29/2005

Well, I think it's good

Yeah, the plot was pretty predictable the last leg of the movie, but no one can deny the excitement of watching Jodie literally tear the plane apart looking for her daughter right? ^^ Even if she suddenly evolved into a supermum she did a great job being one. What I liked about that last act was the strength of her personality, as can be seen in the rest of her movies, that strength that really every mother has. That's kinda cool, isn't it?
There were also a few moments of comedy with the
Yeah, the plot was pretty predictable the last leg of the movie, but no one can deny the excitement of watching Jodie literally tear the plane apart looking for her daughter right? ^^ Even if she suddenly evolved into a supermum she did a great job being one. What I liked about that last act was the strength of her personality, as can be seen in the rest of her movies, that strength that really every mother has. That's kinda cool, isn't it?
There were also a few moments of comedy with the various passengers on board (esp the big guy who was dumping the arab guys... unjustly though). But we also get to see how people actually want to help even if they don't look it, like the therapist and the captain (initially) and the stewardess (the um un-*evil* one).
As for the stewardess (the *evil* one)... I think she looked weird...
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8:09PM on 10/22/2005

Please don't waste your time!

Or money, for that matter. This movie is weak. I went to this movie wanting to suspend disbelief and enjoy the experience, but this movie makes no sense! Why such a convoluted plot is set in motion is never satisfyingly explained. And it only gets worse from there. The best part of the movie is what I assume is unintentional comedy stemming from the over-the-top suspicious way the camera photographs and the other passengers treat the Middle Eastern travelers.
Or money, for that matter. This movie is weak. I went to this movie wanting to suspend disbelief and enjoy the experience, but this movie makes no sense! Why such a convoluted plot is set in motion is never satisfyingly explained. And it only gets worse from there. The best part of the movie is what I assume is unintentional comedy stemming from the over-the-top suspicious way the camera photographs and the other passengers treat the Middle Eastern travelers.
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