Flightplan

 (2,907)6.31 h 38 min2005X-RayPG-13
Kyle Pratt's 6-year-old daughter vanishes without a trace.
Directors
Robert Schwentke
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Jodie FosterPeter SarsgaardErika Christensen
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SuspenseDramaAction
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Supporting actors
Kate BeahanGreta ScacchiJudith ScottSean Bean
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Brian Grazer
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Touchstone Pictures
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Foul languagefrightening scenesviolence
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Matt EdwardsReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
No Red Herrings, Dead Herrings
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The casting agent gets an A+ for this stinker: Foster, Sarsgaard, Bean, and more. But even this stellar cast can't pull off the miracle demanded by this subpar script/screenplay. The intro is engaging and promises intrigue; a good whodunit. The first significant conflict really grabs you; Foster sells it like a pro. And that's when the movie ends.

Foster spends the next fifty or so minutes bleating in increasing shrillness to whoever will listen to her story about her missing daughter while at the same time alienating those same people, and everyone else on the plane, with her increasingly annoying antics. There are no red herrings. There is no suspense. The movie builds like a suspense movie should, but does so in all the wrong places. Instead of layering a bit of information here and a bit of information there building a cohesive plan toward the intended ending with some red herrings to divert the attention of people like me, the director instead layers one incredulous situation upon another in increasing magnitude that blasted me out of my suspension of disbelief early on and never got it back. So when the movie finally got around to ending, I found that I didn't actually care because neither outcome was actually supported by the body of the movie.

Sure, everything was explained at the end of the movie, but there's two points here. First, it's like explaining to your parents how the dents really got in the car years after lying about it in the first place. Secondly, a movie should be explained throughout the movie; it's called storytelling. If a movie has to be appended by an explanation, it wasn't really a movie, was it? It was a three minute TikTok video of a narcissist going on about a crazy lady on a plane and a twenty second response by airline management stating that everything is OK.

Don't waste your time, move on to something entertaining. Or suspenseful. Or both.
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OrrymainReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Thriller with Top Headliner
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I'm really not a fan of thriller pics, but Flightplan is one that I like. It stars Jodie Foster, who gives another awesome performance as she searches for her young daughter who disappears during a plane flight. For a long time, no one knows if the daughter is real or make believe as she's not on the manifest. By the end, the truth is out. This is apparently a movie that was originally written to be a terrorist story aboard a plane, but was altered to its final state after 9/11.

There are good extras on the DVD, and I'm a fan of extras. The 'making of' the film is separated into several segments, so you can watch only what you are interested in or use the 'play all' to get the story in one swoop. It totals roughly 40 minutes. Segments include the visual effects and how the casting was done. Another extra deals with how they designed the plane that was central to the story and how they were able to get the shots they did in a confined space. This video is shorter, only about 9 minutes.

Then there is the commentary, which was done by the director. This guy was prepared. He talked the entire length of the film and he was in sync with what was being shown and had lots to share. He was easy to listen to and shared a lot of interesting facts about how and why they shot the movie. Right out of the gate he explained how the movie was about going from confusion to clarity, and more. He included some tidbits on how the six-year-old girl playing Foster's daughter wanted to learn about her new craft. He told how Jodie helped her to learn her marks and such. I found all of that intriguing, as much as how the set of the plane was designed and the conflict in deciding which filmed explosive scene near the end was used. The director obviously put some time in as he prepared to do his commentary, and he showed in an excelled audio extra for viewers.

So, while thrillers aren't really my thing, the extras were well worth the DVD expense.
8 people found this helpful
Rose BushReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
No matter what the ridiculous 1 or 2 star reviews say, this was a good movie.
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This was a very sane woman who has lost her husband unexpectedly, gets on a plane with her little girl, falls asleep with her daughter and awakes to find her not there. She is a mother fiercely trying to find her daughter and no one gives a fig.

There is just something wrong with you if you didn't feel some empathy for her. This business of her "bleating in increasing shrillness" is way off base. This is a woman who has lost her child and is a mother trying to find that missing child. I don't normally review movies but I had to have my say.
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OhioClintReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Her own life experiences are more real than the airplane she' flying in
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There are so many good things to say about this movie. First off, the director (Robert Schwentke) really knows how to tell a story and keep you involved in it. The lighting, the camera angles, the music and his attention to every little detail – he can do it all so well. All the actors were very believable in their roles and you can't go wrong in having Jodie heading the cast. It was also nice to see Sean Bean (Captain Rich) get a role that doesn't portray him as a villain for once. And don't forget the main character in this movie – the airplane. Be sure to watch the great extras that come with this movie. You get a excellent inside look at what went into making this movie – especially how to make a movie about an airplane that doesn't really exist. I'll skip the story line itself because it has been covered in plenty of the other reviews. Loved this movie.
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cambium0Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Idea, Poor Execution
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The concept that a young mother and wife might take refuge from her grief at the recent loss of her family in self delusion is sound and clearly is a good basis upon which to build a psychological thriller. The script for Flight Plan was unfortunately weak in many areas and failed to get the most out of this idea. Plot holes and sloppy plot contrivances kept the pressure from building and made for an anti-climactic ending in which awkwardly inserted speeches from random passengers tell us what we were supposed to take away from the film. Apparently even the director didn't think he'd sold the story during the course of the film.

Foster's acting is adequate and she is fully committed. But you don't feel her affection for her child very deeply, or many other relatable human emotions. She mainly conveys frustration, nervous agitation and disengagement. It was hard to sympathize with her at any point in the film. But this could have been forgiven if the film had worked better as a thriller.

The movie relied upon some very sketchy assumptions in order to build suspense. It succeeded just enough to keep me watching until the end, but it could have done much better. The scheme attributed to the "bad guys" (are they bad guys at all?) is unrealistic and hard to believe. The alleged abduction would have been almost impossible in the manner suggested, even if it was real.

The film meant to make it unclear whether we should believe the protagonist, or everyone else, and this would be the heart of the suspense. It was, and as said earlier, this is a good device for a movie. There were red herrings and diversions that kept the viewer from being sure, and so it was thrilling and hard to bear at the same time watching the lead either barrel on into insanity or hold her own against dark, undisclosed manipulators and criminals.

The title: Flight Plan. Potentially provocative, but as far as I can tell, had nothing to do with this movie.

Food for thought: was there really any conspiracy? If so, how many people were alleged to have been involved? Is it possible that certain red herrings weren't actually red herrings?

B-
2 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Great movie. I watched it three times and recommend to others. A mother always protects her loved ones as it should be. We need more movies that role model a mother as nurturing, caring and a protector. Especially these days, Movies are made to sell not to tell a good storyline. This movie was great 👍
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AdamReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Eh, not impressed!
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Jodie Foster is a great actress and that's about where this movie stopped. I had really looked forward to watching this after seeing so many trailers for it, but I was quite disappointed. It was good for the first half, but trailed off when the plot became obvious and a little repetitive. Not enough suspense and certainly no twists to the plot or suspects. I'm a big fan of Jodie Foster, and she was still great but other than that, this is not one I'd watch again. I see it have its fair of share of 5 stars but won't be coming from me, sorry Jodi!
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David JordanReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Reasonable idea but the plot's preposterous
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This could have been a good movie. The premise is solid: a woman gets on a plane with her small daughter, who the disappears, and all evidence suggests that the daughter was never on board. So is there some wild conspiracy, or is the woman crazy? Hitchcock could have done something interesting with this premise. Oh wait, Hitchcock actually did make a movie with this very premise.

There are many problems here. As the story is developing, the main problem is that they give us no ambiguity. There's just no plausible way that the daughter could have been there. But we know the formula for these kinds of movies, so we presume that this means that of course the daughter must have been there. So then, instead of following the story, we're sidetracked into trying to think of remotely plausible ways that they could turn this around and make it be that the daughter was there. And there just aren't any. So while it's going on, you're just thinking, this is ridiculous. Eventually I started entertaining the possibility that the movie was going to head in a completely different unforeseen direction, and be a disaster movie about a heroic flight crew saving an airplane full of people from the crazy woman intent on destroying it. That might actually have been interesting. But no, they didn't go there.

And when they finally do get around to explaining things, it's even worse than you might have imagined. There's absolutely nothing in the bad guys' plan that makes any sense whatsoever. A movie would have been bad if it had relied on coincidences of this sort to have just magically happened. This one has the bad guys counting on these absurd coincidences to happen. Which makes even less sense. It would be pointless to regurgitate all of the hopelessly implausible things that happen here, but they keep coming all the way to the very end.
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