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  • Directors: Robert Schwentke
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X4QHH8

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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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter Mcgrath on 2 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
With the past plane outing, 'Red Eye' being quite a big hit, it seems that someone else is going to have a crack at the whole plane thing. And fortunatley, Flightplan too is also a great thriller. The film focuses on a woman who leaves on a trip to New York with her daughter on the newly designed plane, that has two stories, bars, lounges and the ability to travel extremley fast. Everything goes wrong when her daughter disappears on board and the crew deny that her daughter was ever on the plane. Fighting against everyone, she has to find the truth behind this mystery. Yes, the story line is reall far-fetched but if you stick with it, you will find it really enjoyable. The movie is really thrilling and has some great scenes and action but at points it is really witless. The centre of the movie is of course the come-back of Jodie Foster, who really propels this movie. Without her, Flightplan probably wouldn't be that great, but anyway it is really good and ends with an surprising twist that really was unexpected. Unlesss you are really against movies in planes or a really good thriller that doesn't fail to excite you should give it a watch and see what you think.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
Flightplan is a movie that bears similarities to Jodie Fosters previous thriller "Panic Room" (2002). In both films, a woman uses courage and intelligence to defend her child against enemies who hold all the cards. However, whereas in Panic Room she knew who her enemies were, the problem she faces in "Flightplan" is more baffling because she no longer has her daughter, who apparently got lost on the flight while she fell asleep. But everything is not as it seems after the captain (Sean Bean) tells her that her child was never on board from the very start.
The thing i liked most about the film is that often in thrillers we think of obvious questions that the characters should be asking, but do not, because then the problems would be solved and the movie would be over. In "Flightplan," Foster's character asks all the right questions, and plays the situation subtly and with cunning: She knows that once she crosses a line, she will no longer be able to help her daughter.
The movie's excellence comes from Foster's performance as a resourceful and brave woman; from Bean, Sarsgaard and the members of the cabin crew, all with varying degrees of doubt; and from the direction by Robert Schwentke, a German whose first two films were not big hits but this one deserves to be. Highly recommended to those who enjoyed panic room or just enjoy thrillers with twists in general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Liffen on 3 April 2006
Format: DVD
I note that the reviewers here have generally given this movie the elbow which is a shame really because overall its not all that bad. It helps if you don't know too much about the story in the first place and then you are likely to be spending a good part of the time trying to figure out just what is actually going on! The opening scenes had me believeing at first that this was a horror film what with flash backs and eery music. I do believe that the film could have possibly been more hard hitting as a horror theme rather than the thriller in which it has been cast. Nevertheless it is quite enjoyable if you dont set your sights too high (please excuse the pun which is intended!). Great acting from Jodie Foster as always but a bit of a surprise to see Sean Bean as the stressed and meak Captain. I wouldnt actually recommend this title as a purchase but would suggest that you could do far worse than hire this one. Give it a go!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. T. Rogers: Straight-To-Video on 20 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
I can select only a handful of films in recent years that leave me with unmitigated admiration for the filmmakers. 'Flightplan' is one of them. I had not heard of director Robert Schwentke before, but after watching 'Flightplan', I will now be looking out for his other films. His direction here is adroit and has that high-value European feel to it, reminding me very much of some of Roman Polanski's work, which I feel Schwentke must have studied carefully. His sense of atmosphere and his attention to detail are terrific and just the thing for a film of this type. Having said that, I think the really prodigious talent here is with the screenwriters. 'Flightplan' is a taut, coherent and original thriller that combines all the appealing attributes of the genre tradition within the unusual setting of an airliner. In an interesting gender role reversal, we have a heroine in the form of Jodie Foster's character who works as an aerospace engineer in Berlin. She has recently lost her husband and decides to take his casket back to the United States. She is accompanied for the trip by her daughter, Julia, who then inexplicably goes missing on the plane. The story centres around the efforts of Foster's character to solve the mystery of how she can lose her daughter on a transatlantic airliner, mid-flight. The great gift of the filmmakers here is the logical resolution of this apparent logical impossibility. In the process, Foster adopts the mantle of the action-intellectual, fire and ice, as she has to think, act and kick her way out of trouble.

Foster is of course famous for 'The Silence of the Lambs', but I have not seen her in much else and so in a sense she is a 'new' actress to me. I was impressed with her performance here.
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