Movie Review – ‘Flightplan’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

The first time I saw Jodie Foster was in a film called ‘Flightplan’. I saw this movie at the cinema back in 2005, I saw it again on DVD in 2006, and I recently saw it on Disney+ in 2022. You could argue that ‘Flightplan’ is a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic ‘The Lady Vanishes’. There is validity in that. 🙂

Jodie Foster stars as Kyle Pratt, a recently-widowed American aircraft engineer living in Berlin. She flies back to America with her daughter Julia and her husband’s body in a casket. On the flight to New York, Kyle loses her daughter and struggles to find her whilst proving her sanity simultaneously.

Going back to what I said about ‘Flightplan’ being a remake of ‘The Lady Vanishes’, the elements are there when it’s the daughter gone missing instead of an old lady. There’s the conspiracy of someone aboard the plane kidnapping the daughter because of socio-political reasons or something like that.

And of course, there’s the situation where the mother played by Jodie Foster is going out of her mind when she loses her daughter; being led to think she never had a daughter; only to find that her daughter does exist when she sees the heart shape drawn in the window of the plane that she is on.

The heart shape drawn in the window of the place is similar to Miss Froy drawing her name in the window of the dining carriage of a train. A notable difference between ‘Flightplan’ and ‘The Lady Vanishes’ of course is that ‘Flightplan’ takes place on a plane whilst ‘The Lady Vanishes’ is on a train.

The tone of ‘Flightplan’ is more serious and edgier compared to ‘The Lady Vanishes’. I enjoyed the tension and drama featured throughout the film. Jodie Foster is excellent in playing a distressed mother trying to locate her child and goes beyond her limits aboard the plane in order to save her. 🙂

As well as Jodie Foster, the film also features Peter Sarsgaard as sky marshal Gene Carson. My parents confused him for being in ‘The Boy That Could Fly’, although that was Jay Underwood, not Peter Sarsgaard. 😀 He has been in the 2011 film ‘Green Lantern’ and was recently in 2022’s ‘The Batman’.

I enjoyed Peter Sarsgaard’s performance as the villain of this film, though I’m curious as to how Gene Carson shifted from being happy go-lucky to being serious later on in the film. I know he has to take his sky marshal job seriously when Kyle causes trouble, but it’s such an odd shift in tone of character.

Sean Bean stars as Captain Marcus Rich, the pilot of the plane that Jodie Foster’s character is on. Sean Bean is well-known for playing Boromir in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy. Thankfully, he doesn’t die in this film. 😀 Add that, ‘Troy’ and ‘Jupiter Ascending’ to the list of ‘no Sean Bean death’ films. 😀

The film’s cast also includes Kate Beahan as Stephanie, a flight attendant who’s in league with Gene Carson. There’s also Matt Bomer as Eric, Amanda Brooks as Irene, Jesse Burch as Row 19 male passenger, Erika Christensen as Fiona, Assaf Cohen as Ahmed and Greta Scacchi as Lisa. And there’s John Benjamin Hickey as David Pratt, Kyle’s deceased husband, and Marlene Lawston as Julia Pratt, Kyle’s daughter.

I’m pleased with the way the film ended and Kyle finding her daughter. The film could have easily ended on a depressing note, as the tension levels were being raised quite a lot in the film. It was funny when Julia asked “Are we there yet?” since she had been sedated and Kyle laughed at that. 😀

‘Flightplan’ is a tension-gripping film from beginning to end. I enjoyed Jodie Foster’s performance in the film and it’s nice the film had a happy ending, considering all the tension featured throughout. I’m pleased I saw the film again recently on Disney+. It’s amazing it’s been a while since I saw the film at the cinema.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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