- Actors: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan, Michael Irby
- Directors: Robert Schwentke
- Producers: Brian Grazer
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Buena Vista
- DVD Release Date: 27 Mar. 2006
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000EMGHAG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.
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 her 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, its 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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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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.
It is an entertaining piece of popcorn hokum however, that will more than keep you guessing.
Jodie Foster plays an increasingly distraught mother, whose daughter has supposedly gone missing on an airbourne flight. Foster, ever reliable, puts in a believable performance, but it's a role that she has done far too often. It's very similar to her role in Panic Room, and therefore doesn't feel much different.
Sean Bean is also notable as the plane's pilot - and for once, not stereotyped as the baddie. You can't help but love a film that Sean Bean is in!
But that doesn't make it brilliant. It starts off very slowly, and is a good half hour before they even set foot on the plane. Then the onboard antics of Foster shouting for her daughter start to get very werisome and boring.
The interesting plot idea is not fully carried out to it's potential, as it uses the same scenario over and over again: Foster looks somewhere for her daughter, cabin crew try to stop her, she looks anyway, daughter isn't there, Foster is sent to her seat, now repeat for the next hour.
It never really racks up the tension, and the longer you wait for the thrilling twist towards the end you wonder if Foster is deluded, or if it is actually happening. By the end, it doesn't really matter, because the pay off is weak, and disappointing, and you can't believe you sat through and hour and a half to get to that conclusion.
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we never got to watch it in the end as it would not down load for viewingPublished 9 months ago by PH
A decent and reasonably complex and exciting thriller that I first saw at the cinema. Felt that a DVD copy would be a worthy addition to my film collection. Good performances.Published 10 months ago by CHRIS
I always try to find the dvd and have it with me for a memory of my late fiancé.
Thank to Amazon.
Second time I tried to rent the movie and it doesn't work I am so annoyed as I have heard a lot about this movie.
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