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Flightplan
Jodie Foster stars as Kyle, a mother whose 6-yr-old daughter vanishes during a transatlantic flight. Already emotionally devastated by the unexpected death of her husband, Kyle desperately struggles...  View more >

Starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen...  View more >

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Sep 24, 2005
Very well done, worth the price of the popcorn
Sep 30, 2005
Jodi Fosters performance is the highlight of this movie. Very uninteresting twist in the story.
Sep 30, 2005
Good movie, as long as you don\'t look for plot holes. Just enjoy, don\'t overthink.
Oct 3, 2005
I went to this film thinking it was going to be something that I have already seen, but it ended up being suprisingly, pretty good. I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat quite a bit. -Good thriller!
Oct 5, 2005
Jodie Foster is flying high in \"Flightplan.\" This film debut one month after another high flying thriiller called \"Red Eye.\" This action thriller starring Foster as a mother who lost her daughter and is taking it out on the crew. Foster delivered another amazing performance a woman desperately seeking for the wherabouts of her daughter. I won\'t reveal the ending but are plenty of twist and turns to keep viewers at the edge of their seats. \"Flightplan\" and \"Red Eye\" are a perfect double bill at any drive-in.
Nov 3, 2005
Flightplan is one of the movies that you want to be good, because of the lead actor and because of an interesting premise, but it's not very good, because of the large volume of holes in the plot.

Parents can identify with the fear of losing sight of your child. Mild irritation is replaced by concern, which is then replaced by fear, and then panic can follow. Jodie Foster portrays this perfectly, and the movie relies on taking the audience down the road of trying to figure out if a child is missing or a distraught mother is delusional.

Because of the involvement of Jodie Foster and a plot involving the peril of her daughter, it's reasonable to draw parallels to Foster's previous movie, Panic Room. I think that Panic Room was a better thriller than Flightplan. Once Foster's character takes control of the situation as she believes it is, echoes of the Die Hard movies came to mind. Once again, Flightplan pales in comparison, even to the least of those movies.

Most disappointing is the ending, which is unbelievable and a cop-out. They could have done so much more with it, and doing so would have helped the movie get a higher rating from this reviewer.

Flightplan isn't a bad movie, it's just not that good a movie either.
Nov 18, 2005
Plight Planning

BOARDING OUR FLIGHT: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen; our Flightplan for this journey involves aircraft designer Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster), whose life in Europe has been jarred to a halt by the accidental death of her husband (she swears he “fell”, not jumped), prompting her to return to the United States with her six-year-old daughter, Julia (a somber Marlene Lawston in her first film role). Since this plane was designed in part by Kyle Pratt herself, we are telegraphing that she will soon be shimmying confidently through our crawlspaces and wreaking havoc with the avionics. For now, please observe the safety belt signs. We should be cruising at an altitude of suspense, coupled with paranoia.

TAXIING FOR TAKEOFF: The night before the U.S. trip, director Robert Schwentke purposefully blurs the line between Kyle’s fantasies and reality, for both her and us; add cutaways of her last, oddly-mysterious moments viewing her husband’s coffin before shipment onboard this flight to the U.S. - and something smells not quite kosher. Inflight movies will be *The Lady Vanishes* and *Murder On The Orient Express.*

ENGINES GUN A POWERFUL TAKEOFF: In flight, Kyle and Julia stretch out to nap. Kyle wakes. Julia is missing. The premise is running on maximum thrust now. Please remain calm while the crazy lady belts about the cabin…

CRUISING AND BRUISING: Flying high on Foster’s adrenalin alone. As Kyle’s helplessness and desperation mount in her search for her missing daughter, subsidiary characters enter the chaos of her spiraling paranoia, all maintaining that they never saw Kyle’s daughter to begin with – Carson (Peter Sarsgaard, with the deadest eyes you will see in cinema, until the next Romero zombie-romp), the grounded Sean Bean as the staid aircraft captain, skeptical stewardesses (Anna Christensen and Kate Beahan among them), along with the now-perfunctory airline trope of Mysterious Arabs, a bevy of disgruntled extras, and the aircraft itself in the role of Panic Room at 30,000 feet.

Systematically shooting down search options (with all the principals exuding gratifying “real-world” professionalism and demeanor), the world suddenly skews under Kyle’s feet when a devastating “fact” surfaces that reveals she might, in fact, be delusional about her daughter. Please note the location of the emergency exits as the -

CAPTAIN HAS TURNED ON THE SEAT BELT SIGNS...
And that's where I must necessarily leave you, in mid-air, for the sake of spoiler aversion.

We eventually reach our destination, with stopovers in Hitchcock and Christie. Bowing to B-Movie convention in its final act, *Flightplan* does not sustain its altitude, hitting the tarmac hard in a semi-crash-landing.

I suppose that's what we get for flying Hollywood Airlines in seat number PG-13.

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