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Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Marlene Lawston
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: Kind of intense, leave the youngin's at home.
Date Movie: It's good for the two of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Jodie still looks good in a tight t-shirt, but no sex.
Gratuitous Violence: Some shooting and fighting.
Action: Some running around the plane.
Laughs: Not really.
Memorable Scene: Nothing totally stands out.
Memorable Quote: Ditto "Scene."
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Produced By: Brian Grazer

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:33 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As I still try to look back, Iím still a little bewildered at the Flight Attendant folks calling for a boycott of the movie "Flightplan." Their complaint centers around both the way the flight attendants acted toward the Jodie Foster character, but more-so about one flight attendant in particular and her part in the story. I hate to say it, but all they probably did was give this movie more publicity, because once you tell me to boycott something, Iíve usually got to see what the fuss was about. My opinion is the fuss was about nothing because, well, it was a movie, and an okay movie it was.  I guess I should make Stu Gotz take a flight attendant he knows pretty well to the movie and see if she is as upset as the folks who represent her.

Anyway, in "Flightplan" we get Jodie Foster. She plays Kyle. Sheís an engineer who helped design the engines on this new, double-decker, jumbo jet, and whose husband just kicked-the-bucket. Julia, her daughter, seems a bit of a wreck, but thatís kind of understandable with the way dad kicked said bucket. The two of them are heading back to the United States, from Germany I believe, to bury dad and get on with their lives. Kyle and Julia are the first two folks on the plane, they take their seats, Julia fogs up the window and makes a little heart on the glass, and itís time for them to check out some seats towards the back of the plane to get some shut-eye. Kyle wakes up to find Julia missing, and sheís off to search the plane. But something isnít right, nope, as they start searching it comes up that Juliaís name isnít on the flight log, and now most of the folks just start to think Kyle is delusional, especially when the note comes from the morgue that the daughter died with dad.

Well, subdued by the air marshal on board, and the flight Captain trying to keep control, Kyle now starts to think maybe she is delusional, up until Kyle fogs up the same window the little girl did earlier, and now she is totally convinced there is some sort of conspiracy/terrorist plot, kidnapping her daughter. So, of course, Kyle, who seems to have a much more intimate knowledge of this new airplane than an engine designer might have, sets off to really find out what is going on.

Alright, thatís really enough of the plot otherwise Iím really going to give some key things away, namely what the flight attendant folks seem to be so upset about.

The key to enjoying "Flightplan" is really to suspend a lot of disbelief because, well, thereís a lot to find disbelievable, but thatís not to say the movie isnít any good, because I did find it entertaining, mostly, I suppose, because Jodie Foster is just a great actress in just about any role. Kyle might really be delusional, and the film folks do their best to keep that fact key to the storyís end, and you might figure out exactly what is happening early on, but in any case, just let the movie happen, enjoy Jodie Foster as she crawls through the plane looking for Julia, and even though the flight attendant folks thought the flight attendant portrayal was abysmal, I thought their attitude was straight on. At first they were sympathetic with Kyle, then a little suspicious when she seemed to know a little too much about the airplane without telling them she was this super-duper engineer, then, when the daughter isnít on the flight log, they do their best to help her, but a distraught Kyle isnít helping her cause by getting totally distraught. Alright, enough of this, "Flightplan" is just a fun movie to catch, just take it for what it is and enjoy Jodie Foster. 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Flightplan."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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