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Overall Rating
2.84

Awesome: 4.42%
Worth A Look36.28%
Average: 20.35%
Pretty Bad: 16.81%
Total Crap: 22.12%

9 reviews, 59 user ratings


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Flightplan
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by Slyder

"An average yet ridiculous thriller"
3 stars

Jodie Foster is back once again with a kid, albeit a different kid, and it seems that she’s starting to like the suspense-thriller genre a lot more than usual, and she still shows that she’s in fine form. Hell, it’s pretty much the Jodie Foster show here in this movie. Too bad the movie is no match for Foster’s talents, and the filmmakers should be glad that they got Foster to do this movie because without her, this film would’ve been sunken like a stone, because it nearly did so.

Anyway, Jodie is back once again with a kid, albeit a different kid. This time she’s an aircraft engineer. This time she didn’t divorce her husband, but rather her husband decided to play “airplane” on his own from the top of the hotel in Berlin they were residing; Foster, playing Kyle the airplane engineer, takes her sweet-looking kid Julia (Marlene Lawston) back to the US of A. This time, instead of a big metallic-isolated room, we have a two-story airplane as a setting. And this time, instead of mother and daughter going crazy, the daughter disappears and mom, already traumatized by his hubby’s death (or suicide, or whatever), realizes that her daughter disappeared and she now goes crazy. Did her daughter disappear? Did she imagine all this? Did the screenwriters of this movie miss or deliberately skip the “suspension of disbelief” chapter in their screenwriting class? Or did they just simply forget about it?

Director Robert Schwendtke tries to do a Hitchcockian tip-of-the-hat to the master of suspense’s classic The Lady Vanishes, with a tinge of psychological input via delusional behavior in which we refuse to accept that our love ones are no longer with us no more. This is all well and good, but as the story suddenly forgets about the credibility of situations, and that’s where the suspension of disbelief really takes a huge hit.

That’s the main gripe. She goes crazy, goes around trying to find her daughter and even mouths off the flight attendants and ultimately, she gets restrained by undercover airline security marshal Carson (Peter Sarsgaard). Then it just gets stupider by the minute as she forces the captain to have the flight attendants search the entire plane, accusing everyone of conspiracy when flight records indicate that she came alone on the plane, and then my favorite part: confronting a pair of Arab passengers as well as hinting these guys for terrorists simply because they were residing at the same hotel where she was. Hell, she even goes and fights with one of them; why don’t you ask him where Osama Bin Laden is hidden while you’re at it Kyle? And don’t get me started with her crazy as rant-like question “Where’s my daughter? Where’s my daughter? WHERE’S MY DAUGHTER??!!” Man, makes Faye Dunaway’s “no more wire hangers” moniker look tame by comparison.

But it’s not over yet. Still convinced her daughter is alive, she eludes Carson’s custody by sneaking out of the restroom, goes to the plane’s main control panel and suddenly causes the plane to lose internal electricity and jam out the oxygen masks in order to fool people (and the flight crew of course) that the plane has suffered a pressure blow-out. By that time I had given up on the movie, since it was going fast from being absurd, to ridiculous, to ultimately downright stupefying. By this point Schwendtke and his screenwriters were really reaching as they were still holding on to the “Either I’m dead right or I am crazy” moniker, and to tell you the truth, at that very moment, I honestly didn’t give a shit. But then, the twist kicked in, and in a sudden twist of fate, the movie finds ground to plough through and ultimately the film is marginally saved from going to the abyss as someone in the plane ultimately is up to no good. Guess who it is? Hint: it isn’t the Arabs. That however, doesn’t rid of the films frequent brain fades, one involving Carson and Foster at the film’s climatic point and the other one at the end of the movie as the aggravated Arab shows himself helpful to her once assailant.

The only thing that keeps this movie going is Foster, despite her characters’ ridiculously blatant paranoia, since she still hammers into her role with all her heart trying to single-handedly carry this film on her shoulders. She does, and you got to hand it to her, although don’t expect me to see this flick again Jodie. Peter Sarsgaard is a waste of space, and his sly, malicious-looking character is probably the stupidest of the whole cast, even worse than Foster’s. Hell, you could even tell that Sarsgaard was trying to hold himself back from bursting into laughter as Foster went on her paranoiac shenanigans as Peter tried to play second fiddle as best he could before collapsing in giggles. Sean Bean makes an appearance here as the Captain of the plane and to his credit, he’s competent in his performance as he always has been (I dig Sean, who in my book is one of the most underrated actors out there). Erika Christensen also makes an appearance, and must I say that she’s hot in that flight attendant uniform. And what about the little girl? Well what do you think? Although sometimes I just wish she’d gotten wasted along with her mother and everything else, damn it.

Ultimately, credit where credit is due as Jodie Foster simply rallies the film around her and does her best; marginally saving this film from what would’ve been a 1-2 star movie. However, this movie will test your patience and your intelligence, and chances are you might be walking out of the theater with both pretty much wasted thanks to this STILL incredibly stupid movie. Note to Schwendtke and (producer) Brian Grazer: next time tell your screenwriters to keep in mind the suspension of disbelief factor when writing a suspense movie. Otherwise you’ll end up with shit like this that will only make the audience scoff and laugh at the stupidity of it all. Oh, and I was forgetting, ENOUGH WITH THE ARAB STEREOTYPING BULLSHIT!!! Gee, there's only so much post 9/11 horse manure that a sane person can take. So don’t say you weren’t warned. 2.5-5

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell flawed but tense 4 stars
2/20/11 Ark Mostly turd! Silly writing, she JUST HAPPENS to have designed the plane? Turd writing! 3 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Ugg boring!! 2 stars
6/09/08 PAUL SHORTT AN EXERCISE IN PURE ENTERTAINMENT 4 stars
3/01/08 Ivana Mann Jodie Foster in most every movie: "You hurt my daughter...I'm gonna kick your ass." Yawn... 2 stars
2/18/08 Pamela White farfetched plan but what it lacks in plot Foster makes up in acting 4 stars
12/12/07 Double M Interesting premise ruined by lame, illogical "twists" and plotholes. just a crowd pleaser. 2 stars
8/07/07 R.W. Welch Contrived, unconvincing, yet mildly diverting. 3 stars
6/04/07 Ropa Dope Pure unadulterated poop. As stupid as it can get. 1 stars
1/30/07 Matt Jodie's magic shines through and saves the day for this otherwise silly bit of nonsense. 4 stars
1/16/07 K Jones The initially interesting plot descends into utter stupidity. Not one I'll be seeing again. 2 stars
12/19/06 MP Bartley Starts well, ends ludicrously, always enjoyable. 3 stars
12/15/06 Cara takes a nosedive at the end 2 stars
11/07/06 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 4 stars
10/28/06 Richard It had a nice atmosphere to it. 4 stars
8/26/06 Stanley Thai A great thriller w/ great acting. Such a fantastic film. 4 stars
6/16/06 lia arab countertype as evident of how villain doesn't related to any race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
5/08/06 Diane Perkins really good, keeps your attention, very suspensful 4 stars
4/24/06 millersxing Cramped, claustrophobic, & a bit dull. Jodie and Peter give the material a lift. 3 stars
4/05/06 John too predictable and boring 1 stars
4/01/06 Nobody Fun to try to predict what will happen. Has enough twists to keep it interesting. 5 stars
3/31/06 Dan fun 4 stars
3/19/06 Jeromebosch Garbage 1 stars
3/15/06 Indrid Cold A pleasant diversion, but totally forgettable. 3 stars
3/03/06 Simon Valueless. Foster being characteristically irritating; uninspired plot. a slight thrill. 2 stars
2/24/06 ES Didn't mind it 3 stars
2/12/06 Joe Smaltz Boring bullshit plot, effects, ect 1 stars
2/10/06 Monday Morning Many TV shows are better than this flick. And Jody, you're not aging well. 1 stars
1/26/06 Rocky I'll never see another heroic J. Foster cardio-machine mother in dire straits waste of film 2 stars
1/15/06 Quigley a really dysfunctional Red Eye wanna-be, filled with political icons and creepy assistants 2 stars
1/11/06 Tamara D.Leonard I was bored to tears. So disappointed because I thought it would be awesome w/Jodie in it. 2 stars
1/09/06 Anthony Feor i use to hate Jodie Foster untill this movie 4 stars
12/29/05 Jenna Furr Before pushing detonator, Kyle should've said "Whoopy kigh yigh yay, motherfucker!" 4 stars
12/21/05 Littlepurch Really enjoyed it. Great acting from Foster and a good plot - not a let down at the end! 4 stars
12/08/05 Dee portraying arabs as suspects on a flight -how insensitve 2 stars
12/07/05 alice I agree about the ending, they should stop doing that! 3 stars
11/14/05 john bale Foster plays the fighting Mum again well, but the plot is mainly nonsense 4 stars
11/12/05 Dan Its total utter fantasy.. 1 stars
11/11/05 Dan Smith Jodie Foster was alright,but over all needs work. 3 stars
10/25/05 DEEDeeDEEe ITS REDEYE EXCEPT, TAKE YOUR LITTLE KID ON THE PLANE, WOW! 1 stars
10/24/05 Jessy The camra angles were of decent quality but the script direction could have used some work. 2 stars
10/20/05 Agent Sands OK, you know what? These pat endings are really getting out of fucking hand! 3 stars
10/19/05 Valerie awesome. 5 stars
10/12/05 --- So its the air marshals we should be afraid of not arab terrorists..OOOKAAAY... 2 stars
10/12/05 Chelito is the captain the mortuary director? who cares? Why did I spend $8 on this movie? 1 stars
10/11/05 Quigley foster was good, sean bean was wasted. red eye is much better; this one wasn't that great 3 stars
10/08/05 Ryanrc very cool 5 stars
10/07/05 Louise McChrystal Entertaining, a little slow at times 4 stars
10/05/05 Jesse Taylor Very exhilirating thriller. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Foster is great. 4 stars
10/03/05 Chris Pretty decent 4 stars
10/03/05 whateverman Waste of money. Decent directing, moronic script. 1 stars
10/01/05 TD Good premise, great Foster/Bean, terrible writing. 2 stars
9/30/05 tony Amazing! I never thought it was that good! Spellbinding! 5 stars
9/30/05 zinnmeister complete crap 1 stars
9/28/05 Ramazan Güneºp 1 stars
9/26/05 Jonathon Holmes same formula thriller crap...only worse 1 stars
9/25/05 Josh Standlee Fucking horrible! Boring characters in a boring movie really sucks! 1 stars
9/25/05 lulu papa excellent and intense; dont read between the lines 5 stars
9/24/05 Raymond it got pretty cheesy at the end. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Sep-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 24-Jan-2006

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Australia
  10-Nov-2005




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