Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard,
Sean Bean, Erika Christensen, Kate Beahan
Released by: Touchstone
Short: Even two-time Academy Award winner
Jodie Foster can't make this in-flight thriller
about a mother searching for her lost daughter
soar above too many implausible moments.
Off the Runway
"Flightplan" Makes for a Tough Trip
take-off, "Flightplan" deceivingly has all the
signs of a promising thriller, including Oscar winner
Jodie Foster’s return to the screen after a long
hiatus. Foster has always been worth watching, regardless
of what film she is in. In this case, if she hadn’t
been the lead, "Flightplan" would really crash
and burn. As it is, she barely keeps it interesting enough
to ride through to the end.
story begins in Berlin, where Kyle’s (Jodie Foster)
husband is killed in an accident. The plot gets moving
when she boards a jumbo jet bound for America, with her
young daughter and her husband’s coffin in tow.
As the long flight over the Atlantic unfolds, the little
girl mysteriously disappears, and Foster frantically searches
for her as the crew and passengers doubt the child’s
inherent problems with "Flightplan" are twofold.
First, there are too many moments when logic is thrown
into the jet stream, as if director Robert Schwentke expects
viewers to simply ignore giant plot gaps. Unfortunately,
these leave moviegoers to ask obvious questions that everyone
on the plane is apparently too dumb to wonder about (including
our heroine). The second problem is predictability, unforgivable
in a thriller. It is so easy to figure out who the bad
guys are that even the obvious McGuffin of a couple of
Arab guys as possible suspects isn’t enough to provide
any real suspense.
Grand Guignol blood-fest at the film’s climax does
nothing to improve matters. The only redeeming thing about
“Flightplan” is Jodie Foster's performance.
For a much more plausible tale of a mother intent on protecting
her child, rent "Panic Room," Foster's last