Academy Award(R) winner Jodie Foster (Best Actress, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991) gives an outstanding performance in the heart-pumping action thriller FLIGHTPLAN. Flying at 40,000 feet in a state-of-the art aircraft tha... more »t she helped design, Kyle Pratt's (Foster) 6-year-old daughter Julia vanishes without a trace. Or did she? No one on the plane believes Julia was ever onboard. And now Kyle, desperate and alone, can only count on her own wits to unravel the mystery and save her daughter. From the producer of APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND, FLIGHTPLAN is an intense, suspense-filled thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire flight.« less
Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL Reviewed on 6/20/2022...
Jodie Foster is always able to pull off an exciting thriller and this one is no exception. Even though it is an older movie, it still is relevant and worth watching. This one makes you doubt yourself all the way through it.
Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO Reviewed on 4/10/2016...
Fpr nearly the entire length it was almost impossible to predict what would hppen next and especially the ending.
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Elizabeth H. from MOUNT JULIET, TN Reviewed on 12/1/2013...
You won't be taking a nap during this one. Jodie Foster is intense!
Hazel S. from CARRIERE, MS Reviewed on 10/26/2010...
Jodie Foster is an awesome actress! She really shows her love and persistance as a mother. Great!
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 8/28/2010...
an exciting movie that keeps the viewer's attention, but the plot can be convoluted.
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Denise H. from HUNTSVILLE, AL Reviewed on 5/30/2010...
This is a really good and suspenseful movie - another excellent one by Jodie Foster. It keeps you interested all the way to the end, and of course there's a twist.
KAT O. Reviewed on 1/9/2010...
Very GOOD! Jodie Foster ROCKS! I cant recall any movies I've seen her in but this one makes me want to check them out! I was stuck to the screen the whole time I saw this one I couldnt look away!
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Kelly | Littleton, Colorado | 03/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kyle Pratt and her daughter Julia board a plane in Germany to bring the body of their beloved husband/father to his final resting place in the US. After a short nap, Kyle wakes only to discover her daughter is missing from her seat. After searching on her own, she seeks help from the crew, but none of the passengers remember seeing Julia. After further inquiries, it is disclosed that Julia wasn't even listed as traveling on the flight. Everyone writes Kyle off as being in mourning, and even unstable. For just a moment Kyle starts to believe she may be losing it, but then stands firm. Julia is her daughter, and she would not make this kind of mistake regarding something so important. As Kyle begins her own search, it shocks everyone to find out that she is in fact one of the propulsion engineers of this plane and will be searching every inch to locate her daughter.
At first I couldn't believe that none of the passengers would admit to seeing Julia, but then as they are interviewed, it is amazing how many were too busy with families, business, etc. to really notice or pay attention. I expect it is pretty much how we all are. As Kyle's sanity is brought into question, we start to wonder who is right. Did we really see Julia? Jodie Foster is so strong in this movie. I like that she is proactive instead of reactive.
3 1/2 star thriller starring Jodie Foster.
thornhillatthemovies.com | Venice, CA United States | 09/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Kyle (Jodie Foster), a former engineer for a large aerospace firm in Berlin, packs up her home and takes her daughter, Julia (Marlene Lawston) and her husband's dead body to the airport; they are flying back to New York, to start over. The flight happens to be on a new double decker jumbo jet (think the new Airbus jet) that she helped design. Kyle and her daughter get settled and a couple of hours into the flight, Kyle wakes up to find Julia missing. Kyle becomes frantic and insists that the plane be searched from head to toe. Since Kyle and her daughter were the first people on the plane, no one saw Julia. The captain (Sean Bean) listens to the accounts of his flight attendants, including Stephanie (Kate Beahan) and Fiona (Erika Christensen), who confirm that Julia was never on the manifest or seen, before finally agreeing to a search lead by the Air Marshall, Carson (Peter Saarsgard). Things don't go well.
"Flightplan", Jodie Foster's newest film, is a promising, taut thriller that ends with a whimper. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film works well for a long time and then falls victim to many of the problems that plague thrillers.
Beginning promisingly, we meet the grieving Kyle (Foster) who is mourning her husband's death. She has conversations with her dead husband, in the empty Berlin subway, or the empty snow swept streets. Her loss is significant and it isn't any easier that it happened in a foreign country, that she has a young daughter, or that there seems to be some question as to whether her husband slipped off the snowy roof or committed suicide. The film quickly establishes that Kyle and her husband have been in Berlin for a long time; six-year old Julia doesn't even know what type of food they have in America, so the trip home is a bit disorienting.
Both of these factors; her grief and the disorienting trip home, help establish Kyle's vulnerability. At one point, a therapist (Greta Scacchi) on board is asked to speak to Kyle and she is easily swayed by the therapist's suggestions. All the people who are constantly telling her that Julia was never on the plane, or worse, begins to have an effect on her and she begins to question the fact herself. This is all highly effective and works extremely well.
The plane itself is a unique and interesting setting for a thriller. Two stories, with the capability of carrying almost five hundred people at 30,000, the plane is immense, with many hiding places. Of course, it helps that Kyle is an engineer who worked on part of the plane. She knows the ins and outs, the compartments, how to get into the holds, and more. This works both for and against her. She can tell when the flight crew isn't being thorough, but she also becomes more of a threat to the safety of the plane. Which is why Carson is asked to detain her when no one can find her daughter and she becomes a bit violent.
The set and the camera work add to the feeling of claustrophobia throughout. Not only do we get a sense of Kyle's frustration, in this relatively tiny, enclosed space, but these two elements help to give us the feeling these same passengers are experiencing. Yes, the plane is huge, the largest ever built, but it is still basically a tin can holding 450 people.
When Kyle realizes that the search is not going to continue, she takes matters into her own hands. Foster's portrayal of this desperate woman is very good. Throughout, Kyle remains passionate and smart, two qualities not often found in a female protagonist. If a heroine is smart, she is usually cold and calculating, because she has to figure things out. Naturally, as a mother, Kyle is distraught over the disappearance of her daughter. Even more distraught now that she is alone. The blend of emotions seems natural and all credit for this should go to Foster.
Many people may watch the trailers for "Flight Plan" and say something like "Oh, so she made "Panic Flight"". Well, yes and no. Certainly, some comparisons can be drawn between the two, they are both thrillers, but "Flight Plan" is a more psychological thriller were "Panic Room" is a more action packed thriller. There is a large difference in tone and theme. For much of "Flightplan", Foster's Kyle doesn't know who, or even, if she is trying to identify a villain.
During the first part of "Flight", the director and writers throw a lot of red herrings at us. Is the Captain (Bean) involved? How about the flight attendants Stephanie and Fiona (Beahan and Christensen)? Fiona is a new flight attendant, maybe she is behind the plan? What about those two men who are sitting at the front of the cabin and appear to be Middle Eastern? What about Kyle herself? Is she crazy? Does she imagine that her daughter is with her?
Things start to unravel a bit when Kyle finally realizes she is sure that Julia was on the plane. This moment is not as conclusive as necessary to suddenly make the audience go `aha' and start rooting for Kyle. Until, and even after, this point, doubt is successfully cast on whether Kyle's daughter is a figment of her imagination or real.
When the final reveal is made it seems a bit lacking. For all of the effort made to make everyone seem to be the villain, the actual identity of the villain is disappointing and there doesn't seem to be enough motivation for their actions. Why does this person want all of this to happen? It doesn't seem to have enough gravitas to make the film that memorable.
The final few scenes are so overly dramatic that they seem to be from a different movie all together, or perhaps a television soap opera. I half imagined Susan Lucci's Erica Kane character in place of Foster's Kyle as she walks through... I will not reveal that much. Let's just say that the final few scenes are slow, poorly written and anticlimactic. In a thriller, you want the audience huffing and puffing, on the edge of their seat until the very final frame of film. Anytime wasted should not be at the end. This is your last chance to leave an impression with the audience. If the ending is slow, the audience may feel the same way.
"Flightplan" is a suspenseful, well-made film for the most part. But the film also suffers from the same problems a lot of thrillers have. Because Foster makes so few films, handpicking every project, you would expect that she would choose a thriller that was so tightly plotted a drop of water couldn't get through. In fact, the film has a number of holes in the plot, some large enough for the large jumbo jet to fly through on its way to New York via Berlin.
Catch a bargain matinee or rent the DVD."
Jodie Foster CHOSE to do this?
Bufford D. Moore | Baytown, Texas USA | 11/30/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I understand that big stars pretty much pick and choose films to get involved with. I therefore assume that Ms Foster thought this was a good idea. It wasn't. It doesn't take long to figure out who is the real bad guy, and once that is out of the way there is little else going for the film. I could only tolerate hearing "you're not listening to me" in so many variations. Even Jodie Foster can keep that interesting for so long. The film hints at one of the attendants having sympathies for the distraught mom, and I kept waiting for the film to spring a surprise related to that. Nope. Then I thought they might be implying that the captain understood and might somehow help, Nope again.
Bottom line: Very talented actor, but awful movie."
I'd like to give it more stars...
R. Baker | Chicago, IL | 02/11/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"..but I just can't. I'm a Jodie Foster fan for the most part (did anyone besides me notice her frightening resemblance to Michael Jackson in this film?) However, her success with "Panic Room," which was a better film all around, seems to have spawned this thriller. Sadly, this one is full of way too many plot holes to take it seriously. Foster is a strong actress as always, but her abilities can't keep this flight up in the air. It's contrived, unbelievable and, though it has a nice set up, it's ultimately a huge let down."
A Chiller At 30,000+ feet
Mel Odom | Moore, OK USA | 01/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kyle Pratt, a jet propulsion engineer who has worked on the Aalto 474 -- the world's largest jet airliner, reels emotionally from the loss of her husband at the beginning of the movie. David Pratt was an apparent suicide, though Kyle doesn't know why her husband would jump from the top of a building. She and her six-year-old daughter, Julie, decide to fly the body back to the United States for burial. On medication, truly not grounded while aboard the huge 474 jetliner, Kyle wakes to find Julie missing. None of the crew or other passengers admit to having seen her. Almost overwhelmed by the turn of events, Kyle has to face the fact that someone has stolen her daughter on the jetliner, or that her daughter died with her husband and she losing her mind.
FLIGHTPLAN stars Jodie Foster (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PANIC ROOM, ANNA AND THE KING, CONTACT) in one of her most compelling roles. Peter Sarsgaard (JARHEAD, SKELETON KEY) stars as the air marshal on the jet who alternately helps and hinders Kyle Pratt's efforts to find her child. Directed by Robert Schewentke, who has done primarily German films but is now moving into the American market, the film has definite Hitchcockian tones.
FLIGHTPLAN is what the director frequently calls a "slow boil" in the bonus materials on the DVD. The quiet, heavy weight of the beginning as the viewer tries to sort out everything that is going on, dreading the certain knowledge that someone is dead sucks the audience into the story and Kyle Pratt's plight. The sets were also intricately plotted out, including the color (which affects both the mood and the tension the story ratchets up), and the 474 comes across as its own world. The subtle twists and turns of the plot are suggested rather than telegraphed, so the viewer actually has thought about a possibility before the movie deals with it. This is one of the best suspense movies with twists to come along in a long time.
Unfortunately, though the pacing works for the movie, it also sometimes works against it. Although FLIGHTPLAN works in familiar terrain, the terrain is TOO familiar at times. Veteran suspense movie watchers will have too much time on their hands to think about what is going on and, perhaps, grow a little impatient.
FLIGHTPLAN is a great movie for an easy night of film watching. There's no blood, no gratuitous violence, no nudity. It performs exactly as it's supposed to, piques the watcher's interest, levels them off with paranoia, and brings them crashing to the landing field."