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  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Wes Craven
  • 81 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A hotel manager overcomes her fear of flying and boards a busy late-night flight to Miami, seating herself next to the seemingly friendly man she met in the airport. However, once the plane leaves the ground, she discovers her fellow passenger is a terrorist intent on involving her in an assassination plot. Wes Craven's suspense thriller, starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rachel McAdams finds terror at 30,000 feet in this nail-biter from Wes Craven that gleefully ticks off every airborne-thriller clich. Nervous flyer McAdams discovers she's the crucial element in a political assassination plot engineered by fellow passenger Cillian Murphy and his ground crew. Though hitman Murphy informs her that her father Brian Cox's life is at stake, the quick-thinking heroine does everything she can to avoid co-operating with his demands. The predictable cat-and-mouse game that unfolds is efficiently taut, skilfully building on the existing claustrophobia of a turbulent night flight. However the best scenes inadvertently follow when the action shifts to solid ground. Events become so ludicrous that they're a scream to watch, particularly when Murphy drops his reptilian cool in favour of pantomime villain-style theatrics. Shifting from high tension to high camp without missing a beat, this is an absurd but deliciously entertaining ride.

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Credits

Cast

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Lisa ReisertRachel McAdams
Jackson RippnerCillian Murphy
DadBrian Cox (1)
CynthiaJayma Mays
Charles KeefeJack Scalia
Bob TaylorRobert Pine
Blonde womanLaura Johnson
Headphone kidMax Kasch
RebeccaBrittany Oaks
Rebecca's momTina Anderson

Crew

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DirectorWes Craven

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2005-09-02
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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