Robert Schwentke (2005)

12A Certificate


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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.


A widow boards a plane with her daughter and promptly falls asleep. When she wakes up, the girl has disappeared - and the mother's fear turns to outright panic when the aircraft crew insists she boarded the flight alone, suggesting the child is merely a figment of her distressed imagination. Thriller, starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean and Greta Scacchi.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Robert Schwentke
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Language: English / GermanColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Nov 2005