Flightplan (Robert Schwentke, 2005)

What's it about? Aviation engineer Kyle (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Julia board a plane for a flight. After take-off, Kyle falls asleep and awakes mid-flight to find Julia missing. None of the passengers can remember seeing the girl, a search conducted by the pilot (Sean Bean) reveals no trace of her and there's no evidence that she was ever on the plane at all. What the hell is going on?

Look Julia, there's the film's
logic flying out the window!
Is it any good? No. After a strong set-up, the whole thing gets incredibly silly with a steep nose-dive in logic and suspense. According to IMDB, this has two writers.  I can only assume that one of them was happily writing away at the script until he got distracted, whereupon the other one, wearing a helmet and using the crayons that weren't up his nose, finished it and sent it off to the film-makers.

I don't trust you. What do others think? 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. Everyone felt a bit cheated by the plot developments. Basically, if you set up a hook like this, you'd better have a good explanation up your sleeve. This doesn't.

What does the Fonz think? Crashes and burns.



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