Flightplan (2005)
IMDb Rating 6.1
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jodie Foster Kyle
Peter Sarsgaard Carson
Kate Beahan Stephanie
Erika Christensen Fiona
Jana Kolesarova Claudia
Marlene Lawston Julia
Sean Bean Captain Rich
Greta Scacchi Therapist
Michael Irby Obaid
Assaf Cohen Ahmed
Like a lot of stylishly persuasive thrillers, Flightplan is more fun to watch than it is to think about. There's much to admire in this hermetically sealed mystery, in which a propulsion engineer and grieving widow (Jodie Foster) takes her 6-year-old daughter (and a coffin containing her husband's body) on a transatlantic flight aboard a brand-new jumbo jet she helped design, and faces a mother's worst nightmare when her daughter (Marlene Lawston) goes missing. But how can that be? Is she delusional? Are the flight crew, the captain (Sean Bean) and a seemingly sympathetic sky marshal (Peter Sarsgaard) playing out some kind of conspiratorial abduction? In making his first English-language feature, German director Robert Schwentke milks the mother's dilemma for all it's worth, and Foster's intense yet subtly nuanced performance (which builds on a fair amount of post-9/11 paranoia) encompasses all the shifting emotions required to grab and hold your attention. Alas, this upgraded riff on Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (not to mention Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake is Missing) is ultimately too preposterous to hold itself together. Flightplan gives us a dazzling tour of the jumbo jet's high-tech innards, and its suspense is intelligently maintained all the way through to a cathartic conclusion, but the plot-heavy mechanics break down under scrutiny. Your best bet is to fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the thrills on a purely emotional level -- a strategy that worked equally well with Panic Room, Foster's previous thriller about a mother and daughter in peril. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Mystery; Thriller
Director Robert Schwentke
Producer Brian Grazer; Brian Glazer
Writer Peter A. Dowling; Billy Ray
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 98 mins
Movie Release Date 9/23/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 599
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/28/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 786936270532
Release Date 1/24/2006
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
The In-Flight Movie: The Making Of Flightplan Featurette
Cabin Pressure: Designing The Aalto E-474 Featurette
Filmmaker Audio Commentary
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