Flightplan

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Does this look like the face of a crazy person?

Touchstone Pictures presents a film directed by Robert Schwentke. Written by Peter A. Dowling and Billy Ray. Running time: 93 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for violence and some intense plot).

 

I’m sorry to those of you out there, who found comfort in the structure of this film, for this review. While I do admit that this film had a beginning, middle and thank god an end, I do not admit to anything in between. A film is only as good as the sum of its parts. Lets start with Jodi since she was the only reason I went to see this movie. Her performance was fine and from what I’ve heard she gave real insight to this character, who was originally written as a man. Jodi convinced the filmmakers that only a woman would possibly doubt herself and her sanity in a situation like the plot in this film, while a man (in a crisis) would be rational and look outward for a culprit rather than blame himself. While this is true, think about what you have, a script that isn’t even convincing or plausibly accurate and hole free. And in a thriller that relies on the thinnest of twists there shouldn’t be any holes.

 

My real problem with this film are the little things that make for an entertaining movie. Idealy speaking you’d like, in every scene, something that is driving the story forward. This is not an easy task, obviously, but with all that can unfold on an airplane I think there is a little more you can come up with than an hour of “Where’s my daughter!” Granted, this is the main story line, but please give me something else. I admit to over exaggerating but when I walked out of the theater all I could here was Jodi’s constant hyper inquiries falling on deaf ears.

 

I also left the theater laughing hysterically at this film’s expense. This was a drama/thriller, but couldn’t we have done something different and avoid the goofy punch line of a shot where Foster carries her daughter from the smoldering flames of the recently exploded airplane. And if that wasn’t funny enough, we’ve flown in the worst performances and found the worst piece of dialogue possible for this moment.

 

The once skeptical FLIGHT CREW stands in the glow of a dozen emergency vehicles. They watch in disbelief and silent awe as the courageous MOTHER emerges from the flaming wreck of an airplane with something in her arms.

FLIGHT ATTENDENT: What’s that she’s carrying?

The Flight Crew waits in excruciating anticipation for the Mother to get closer. She finally arrives in the warm embrace of red and blue lights carrying her DAUGHTER. The Flight Crew can’t believe there eyes.

FLIGHT ATTENDENT: (made for TV drama performance) It’s her daughter.

The Mother with Daughter gets close enough for everyone to see. There is no more doubt of her sanity. She’s a hero.

FLIGHT ATTENDENT: (over acting so much you can’t take this moment seriously) It’s her daughter.

This is about where the movie ends. The bad guy’s plot to get rich by kidnapping a little girl on an airplane is foiled. All the passengers who once made fun of the Mother and her mental condition now realize the truth and all feel bad and congratulate Jodi and then we here the worst possible line to top off all that led us here and fittingly enough I’ll leave with that.

 

IDIOT PASSENGER: She just never gave up hope.

*Spoiler* HER DAUGHTER’S RIGHT FUCKING THERE!!!

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~ by fumikaelson on October 11, 2005.

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