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Worth Watching

on 11/28/2007

Good movie with some interesting twists. Jodie Foster is always good.

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After 2002's PANIC ROOM, Jodie Foster took a three year break before deciding to take another leading role in a major motion picture. Three years is a lifetime in Hollywood, but Foster is one of the few stars who can afford to take such a lengthy hiatus from the industry and still command major roles on her return. Robert Schwentke's FLIGHTPLAN is the movie Foster chose as her comeback vehicle; playing the recently widowed Kyle Pratt, she sticks close to PANIC ROOM territory, delving further into fear and isolation as her character boards an airplane to escort her dead husband's body from Berlin to New York. Kyle brings her young daughter Julia (Marlene Lawston) on the plane with her, and they fly on a craft that was designed by the grieving widow during her tragic tenure in Berlin. But after a short in-flight nap, Kyle awakes to find Julia has disappeared. Her frantic search leads nowhere, and it seems no one on the plane can remember Kyle's daughter boarding the plane. An air marshal named Carson (Peter Sarsgaard) and the pilot of the plane, Captain Rich (Sean Bean), methodically ask Kyle some questions to determine where Julia could be, but she fails to produce any concrete evidence, not even a boarding pass. At this point, Kyle begins to doubt her own sanity, and Schwentke steers the movie through some surprising plot twists as his lead character teeters on the brink of madness. The second half of the movie drops the Hitchcockian intrigue (FLIGHTPLAN owes a sizeable debt to Hitchcock's 1938 thriller THE LADY VANISHES) and settles into a more straightforward action film, but Foster shines throughout. Credit is also due to cinematographer Florian Ballhaus, who unnervingly conjures up a palpable feeling of claustrophobia as the high-tech airplane endures a rocky journey through the skies.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202062495
UPC 786936270525
UPC 14 00786936270525
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2012
Rating Rating
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Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Foster,Jodie
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Directors
Name Robert Schwentke
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Cast & Crew
Alec Hammond - Production Designer
Billy Ray, et. al. - Writer
Brian Grazer - Producer
Florian Ballhaus - Cinematographer
James Horner - Original Music By
Jodie Foster - Actor
Kate Beahan - Actor
Peter Sarsgaard - Actor
Robert DiNozzi, et. al. - Executive Producer
Robert Schwentke - Director
Sean Bean - Actor
Thom Noble - Editor
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Flightplan is the latest motion picture to take an intriguing premise and flush it into the septic tank. Despite the participation of selective, talented actress Jodie Foster and a screenplay that borrows heavily from The Lady Vanishes, Flightplan can't avoid falling apart during its final half-hour. Instead of an intelligent, inventive finale, we are stuck with the same approach employed by every half-baked thriller. The absurd conclusion would be laughable if it wasn't such a disappointment. And anyone mentioning the words "surprise twist" in association with this film is betraying an ignorance of the conventions of the genre.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review How can a little girl simply disappear from an airplane at 37,000 feet? By asking this question and not cheating on the answer, Flightplan delivers a frightening thriller with an airtight plot. It's like a classic Locked Room Murder, in which the killer could not possibly enter or leave, but the victim is nevertheless dead. Such mysteries always have solutions, and so does Flightplan, but not one you will easily anticipate. After the movie is over and you are on your way home, some questions may occur to you, but the film proceeds with implacable logic after establishing that the little girl does not seem to be on board.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); DTS 5.1; Dolby Surround Sound, Featurettes, Audio Commentary, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Foster,Jodie / Jodie Foster / Kate Beahan / Peter Sarsgaard / Sean Bean
Composer James Horner
Director Florian Ballhaus / Michael Ballhaus / Robert Schwentke
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times An amped-up psychological thriller.
Pete Hammond, Maxim Suspenseful and Gripping.
Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun Jodie Foster takes Flightplan into the upper reaches of suspense.

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