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pulling the curtains back on flight mayhem
on 1 July 2017
Jodie Foster carries this film with able support from Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Greta Scacchi and others ... it is a tense ride that you don't want to know too much about so that it has its full impact. Perhaps just to know that it is about a woman whose child mysteriously vanishes on a flight, where realistically there's nowhere to vanish to ... The idea had been worked with a much lighter tone in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, but here it is very edgy and sombre. Shot in winter, largely at night and in blue-black tones, it is mainly confined to the aircraft, and tightens the screws more and more ... the plot is quite tense, and the acting brilliant from what seems an unusual cast, plucked from the sky. Foster has more than a touch of superwoman by the end.