Monday, November 14, 2005

Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean

"If Someone Took Everything You Live For... How Far Would You Go To Get It Back?"

Cinema 1, Edsa Shangri-la Plaza

Flight Plan

I will try not to compare this film with "Red Eye" even though they share the same premise. The claustrophobic riveting thriller of being in an enclosed space with no escape. But I prefer this one more than the other one. Jodie Foster as an anguised mother distraught and desperately searching for her daughter is highly convincing in her role. Despite her tenacious physical appearance, you can feel her heart break into a million pieces upon waking up to find her daughter missing. Sean Bean in a far cry from his usual villain role is a bit miscast though in this movie. He didn't seem too sympathetic towards his hysterical delusional passenger. I guess it is understandable since she is really disrupting the entire flight at the expense of the other passengers. Peter Sarsgaard in his typical underacting style as the flight marshall looked like he was asleep most of the film. There wasn't a single dull moment. You are kept at the edge of your seat going through different scenarios in your head trying to figure out what really happened to the child. I have a soft spot for Middle Eastern people so to portray them as potential terrorists in the movie is really unfair. But I guess most people would react that way especially after September 11. I also noticed the director trying to drum up the excitement by focusing on close up shots. Such as the loud dripping sound from the umbrella when she went to the morgue to view her husband's body. Or the sideway angle as the plane landed. The blinding snow storm. Good cinematography. The clever twist in the end is good enough to sustain the entire film. If you want to get a rush then watch this movie. It made me really miss being aboard a plane. But hopefully, I don't encounter such a horrifying situation.

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