Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Update: If you haven't seen the movie, beware of the comments. There are some small spoilers.

Wow! What a great movie! Jodie Foster is terrific and the plot is far more plausible than is typical for movies of this genre. Incredibly suspenseful. It's the best airplane movie since Airplane! Go see it immediately.

Roger Ebert agrees with me here:

How can a little girl simply disappear from an airplane at 37,000 feet? By asking this question and not cheating on the answer, “Flightplan” delivers a frightening thriller with an airtight plot. It's like a classic Locked Room Murder, in which the killer could not possibly enter or leave, but the victim is nevertheless dead. Such mysteries always have solutions, and so does “Flightplan,” but not one you will easily anticipate. After the movie is over and you are on your way home, some questions may occur to you, but the film proceeds with implacable logic after establishing that the little girl does not seem to be on board.

Stephanie Zacharek, of Salon, offers a different view:

The performance suits the movie too well: “Flightplan” is an exercise in edgy tedium, and even though it's only 90 minutes or so, it seems to last longer than an actual transatlantic flight. If you bring an eye mask and a few sleeping pills, you should get through it OK. A magazine or book wouldn't hurt, either. It'll be over before you know it.

Well, what can you expect from Zacharek? She liked the pathetic Fantastic Four but didn't like the magnificent Batman Begins, for heaven's sake.


At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw flightplan and enjoyed it only because it helped me maintain my longstanding crush on Jodie Foster. The plot is plausible only to someone who hasn't flown internationally much. As a practical matter, so much of what happened couldn't happen on a real international flight. But even that aside, the extortion plot (it's not exactly a hijacking) depends entirely on Foster's character's response to her missing daughter, something no sensible schemer would rely on.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Well, see, I haven't flown internationally much. And I believe I only said the plot was more plausible than is usual for movies of this genre. Not exactly a high standard.

I felt Jodie Foster's character's response was perfectly plausible. And the criminals weren't really counting on Foster to do anything that was especially unreasonable.

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It did rely on every single person not involved with the plot to have no recollection of seeing her daughter, though, and THAT was my biggest problem with it.

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous #1 again. I take Jason's point. I, too, have seen movies that strained credibility more than this one did. And I certainly agree that Foster's character's response was plausible. My point was that the plot completely depended upon her responding the way she did, and other responses were possible. If she had responded in some other way, the plot would have fallen apart; the bad guys would have had no leverage. Indeed, one might ponder why the bad guys included her in the plot at all. Doing so did solve one problem for the bad guys, but I can sure think of easier ways than the one they chose. Otherwise, wouldn't they be nuts to rely on her responding the way she did?

I don't want to be too much of a spoiler, here, hence my rather opaque comments, but I will mention one more specific aspect.

To amplify anonymous #2's comment: families with small children board first, which Foster's character and her daughter did. Ground crews can be a little lax about this, but they usually do enforce it.

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

I'd just like to offer this alternative view of "Flight Plan" by Godfrey Cheshire of the Raleigh-Durham, NC weekly (The Independent)...

"FLIGHTPLAN--Our trophy for the Year's Stupidest Movie So Far goes to this slickly mounted rip-off of The Lady Vanishes in which Jodie Foster plays an American mom transporting her dead husband's body back to the U.S. from Germany who finds that her six-year-old daughter has suddenly disappeared from the airliner seat next to her. Then she's told by the crew that the child was never on the plane. The absurdities thus begin with the idea that one cute kid on a packed transatlantic flight would go totally unnoticed by 425 passengers and a couple dozen crew members, just so that a nefarious but hugely preposterous criminal plot can unfold. If you can buy that, perhaps you believed the one about WMDs in Iraq. But really, this film essentially is nothing but a paranoid celebration of American delusion and narcissism, the basic idea being that if you're a Yank (and a mom to boot!), reality itself bends to your will--and there's no such thing as tragedy or grief. If future historians ever use movies to chart the collapse of the American mind post-9/11, this turgid would-be thriller will make a doozy of an exhibit. --GC"

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Jason said...


Mr. Cheshire can bite me. I think he saw a different movie from the one I saw.

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

I wish I had a dollar for every time I've uttered that sentiment...

"Mr. Cheshire can bite me. I think he saw a different movie from the one I saw."

Now I can look forward to seeing the film. After all, it is Jody Foster for crying out loud.

At 11:24 AM, Blogger jimvj said...

Good news from California! The Bakersfield Californian of 29 Sept 2005 reports:

State Schools Superintendent Vows To Oppose ‘intelligent design’

LOS ANGELES - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell struck out Wednesday against ‘intelligent design’ — the belief that an intelligent being was responsible for the origin of the universe — vowing to fight “tooth and nail” to keep its teaching out of California's public schools.

Dozens of other states are considering measures to teach ID as an alternative to evolution. Support for the concept has been gaining momentum since President George W Bush said it should be taught in schools and a Pennsylvania court is hearing a legal challenge to teaching it in science courses.

But O'Connell told a news conference that he has no intention of allowing it to be taught in California's public schools.

“This is designed to be a pre-emptive message to stay the course and continue to adhere and teach to our world-class science standards, which are developed to prepare students for the global economy,” O'Connell said.

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Adi said...

Oes Tsetnoc one of the ways in which we can learn seo besides Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa. By participating in the Oes Tsetnoc or Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa we can improve our seo skills. To find more information about Oest Tsetnoc please visit my Oes Tsetnoc pages. And to find more information about Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa please visit my Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa pages. Thank you So much.


Post a Comment

<< Home