If you can forgive plot holes that you could drive the airliner of your choice through the middle of, then Flightplan
is an effective, pacey Hollywood thriller, that somehow manages to hold everything together in spite of its challenging plausibility. Credit for that must go to its lead actress. In the hands of a lesser talent, this is just the kind of movie that could descend into obscurity. But Jodie Foster, as always, injects her character with a believability and a drive thats hard to resist, and here is no different.
The plot sees Foster flying her late husbands body back home on a commercial flight. As her and her six year old daughter settle down, Foster soon falls asleep, awaking to find no sign of her child, and no one who can even remember her being on the flight. Has someone taken her? Is it all in Fosters mind? These are the questions the film circles, and for a good hour of its running time, it is compelling Hollywood-style entertainment.
The cracks soon appear when you examine the film more closely though, and its as if Flightplan is just as aware of that as everyone else. The decision, therefore, to keep the film moving at a good pace is a wise one, leaving the viewer free to switch their brain off and just enjoy the ride, without querying too much the glabrous script that rarely makes as good use of the premise as youd hope. Yet the film still works. It may, after the credits have rolled, have failed to live up to its potential, and theres a good hour of dissection waiting to happen afterwards. Yet, crucially, theres also the best part of a couple of hours of good, solid entertainment in it for you too.--Jon Foster
Tense thriller starring Jodie Foster. Flying at 40,000 feet in a cavernous state-of-the-art 474 aircraft, Kyle Pratt (Foster) faces every mother's nightmare when her six-year-old daughter, Julia (Marlene Lawston), vanishes without a trace mid-flight from Berlin to New York. Already emotionally devastated by the death of her husband, Kyle desperately struggles to prove her sanity to the disbelieving flight crew and passengers while facing the very real possibility that she may be losing her mind.