Flightplan

  • 12
  • Robert Schwentke (2005)
  • US
  • 93 min
Flightplan
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Having referenced Se7en with his 2002 film Tattoo, German director Robert Schwentke uses The Lady Vanishes as the template for this oppressive action thriller. Nearly demented with grief after her husband's sudden death in Berlin, aeronautical engineer Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) boards a plane bound for the US with her daughter Julia (Marlene Lawston) and her late husband's coffin. When Kyle awakes from a nap, Julia has vanished. No one remembers the little girl having been there and there's no record of her boarding the plane. With the help of an in-flight air marshal (Peter Sarsgaard), Kyle then tries to get to the bottom of this claustrophobic mystery. Although stylishly filmed and finely acted, the script's intriguing premise, which taps into anxieties about air travel post-9/11, dissolves in a flurry of improbable revelations in the last act that leave you feeling cheated. Nevertheless, Foster further perfects her strong-jawed woman-in-peril schtick, while Sarsgaard and Sean Bean - as the plane's captain - provide outstanding support throughout.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Jodie Foster. When her husband dies in Berlin, aviation engineer Kyle Pratt and her young daughter, Julia, decide to accompany the coffin on a flight back to the United States. A few hours into the flight, Kyle wakes up to find Julia gone, but when she reports the disappearance, neither the crew nor her fellow passengers can recall seeing the child.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kyle Pratt
Jodie Foster
Air Marshal Gene Carson
Peter Sarsgaard
Captain Rich
Sean Bean
Julia Pratt
Marlene Lawston
Fiona
Erika Christensen
Stephanie
Kate Beahan
Therapist
Greta Scacchi
Estella
Judith Scott
Obaid
Michael Irby
Elias
Brent Sexton

Crew

Director
Robert Schwentke

Other Information

Language: 
English / German
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Contains some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 25 Nov 2005
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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