There are some movies that upon viewing the trailer, you begin to anticipate its release, even making plans to see it. Well, sometimes those trailers can be really, really, really big lies, and Flight Plan is one of those movies. Flight Plan needed to be planned out a little better since it was one of the worst movies that I have seen recently. Jodie Foster, Ms. bad ass from Silence of the Lambs, stars in this two hour thriller about a mother-daughter day on the plane. It has been called a claustrophobic Hitchcockian thriller. Foster plays the leading role as Kyle Pratt, an engineer who helped construct the plane which inevitably becomes her prison. Her daughter, Julia Pratt, is played by Marlene Lawston.
Other main characters from the movie include Carson, the security air marshall on the plane, and the pilot, Captain Rich. Carson is played by Peter Sarsgaard, who also played one of the country boys who kills Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, and the pot-smoking-grave digger in Garden State. Captain Rich is played by Sean Bean, the “double-O” agent who betrayed James Bond in Goldeneye. Erika Christensen plays one of the flight attendants.
The storyline starts after Kyle’s (Foster) husband dies, and she begins flying to New York to bury the body. Kyle and her daughter head to the airport after a disturbing night where Kyle believes she saw someone looking into her daughter’s room.
At 10,000 feet Kyle and her daughter fall asleep next to each other and at 36,000 feet, Julia disappears. When Kyle wakes up and finds her daughter gone, she becomes a concerned mother, then turns into a deranged passenger who causes a lot of commotion and alarm to fellow passengers. The first twist arrives when, after a full search of the plane, the captain obtains official information that Julia died at the same time as her father.
This is the point where you might start to question what type of movie this will turn out to be. Is it one of those movies that ends up being completetly strange like “The Sixth Sense” when you find out that Bruce Willis is really dead, or is it like every other big Hollywood movie, full of hijackers trying to steal millions of dollars from people? I am not going to tell you which way directors chose to steer it, but I tell you to wait and rent the DVD to find out.
This movie was predictable even when the twists were introduced. The acting in the movie was of good quality, but there could have been much more time allotted to further explain some of the side stories. Jodie Foster played a very convincing part as a mother who lost her child, and was willing to take whatever measures needed to get her back. I will say that the marketing team for this movie did a very good job, since Flight Plan did top the box office charts this weekend. The movie was hyped up, but when it came time for the final punch, it didn’t deliver.