Flightplan

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Flight Plan ---- Starring Jodie Foster and Sean Bean

Oct 2, 2005
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Pros:Jodie Foster, Foster's dramatic presense

Cons:supporting cast needed help, ending needed work

The Bottom Line: Flight Plan was a Jodie Foster vehicle that displays her talents, but lacks a lot of other things.


Like most times in the movie industry, it went without saying, that when one dramatic film hit the theaters, that there would be something similar to come along soon thereafter. With films like Armageddon and Deep Impact, Volcano and Dante’s Peak, we now have Red Eye, and finally Flight Plan. Like themes, and similar plots led to this film being almost lost from A Summer of disappointing films, but when it did finally make it to theaters, it was a nice change from everything else that had been coming to the big screen. Flight Plan stars Jodie Foster as a plane engineer, who has been working for a while on the very plane that she will be taking back to New York City from Berlin. The death of her husband has caused her to feel homesick, and wants nothing more than to take her daughter back with her to some place safe. Having grown up in New York City, she sees it as a place where she can care for her daughter and protect her from the hardships that she is feeling. Seems like a logical idea from the start, and understandable given the circumstances. Traveling with the casket of her husband the pair gets on the new 474 jet.

Everything appears pretty normal, as mother and daughter board the plane. We get to see passengers interacting with each other and a lot of the characters in the film are slowly developed as we see some involved conversations between Foster and her daughter. 400+ passengers and a crew of around 10 have boarded the plane by the time the 2 deck monster of a plane takes of towards its destination. The plane looks huge from the inside and out, and we are shown brief glimpses of just how big when scenes begin to unfold. The biggest of which, is when mother and daughter lay back for a quick nap, and 3 hours go by. When Foster’s character wakes up, she cannot find her daughter anywhere. Not stressing out too much at first, she feels that her daughter must have just wandered off, and will be easy to track down on a plane. With limited places to go, and no way to get off the plane it seems like an easy enough task. Soon though, she begins to realize just how difficult this could be, as she is unsuccessful at finding the child herself.

In the pursuit of her daughter, she begins to alarm passengers, and anger flight crew members who don’t believe that she came on the plane with anyone in the first place. To make matters worse, no passenger had seen her daughter come on the plain, and her name was not showing up on the passenger manifest. Did she really bring her daughter on the plan with her? Is there a sinister plot unfolding before our very eyes? Well the story does a good job at maintaining our suspicions of many characters, constantly putting doubts into our minds, and opening us up for many different solutions that could bring an end to the story. They all appear interesting from the outset, and at times you start to think about how exciting the finish could really be if a lot of plot lines end up leading in the direction that is expected. Unfortunately for me, I found myself discovering early on that the film couldn’t end up being as exciting as I had hoped, because I didn’t think that they would push the envelope far enough with this one.

Jodie Foster was a big reason that I ended up wanting to see this film, and once again I was impressed with her acting performance. No matter how empty a plot, or how limited a story, when she is a cast member, I think that the film just end up being lifted to a level that isn’t exactly expected of simple films. To put it bluntly, films she has been in wouldn’t be quite as good without her in my opinion. The only problem, is that this ended up being a film that needed lifted just a little too far. There were a lot of dramatic moments that made it good, some above norm acting for Foster and supporting character Sean Bean (Captain of the plane), but I needed a little more from the other supporting characters. When it came to feeling the drama of the film, I ended up needing more because the story just didn’t elicit enough emotions from me. Even with a daughter going missing, it just didn’t lift it above anything more than “slightly exciting”. Don’t get me wrong, Flight Plan was an interesting film, and I found it worth watching, but it lacked something that could have made it much better in the end. I would say this is one worth seeing in theaters, but don’t feel bad if you end up waiting for video, because you aren’t missing a lot.






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