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Flightplan (2005)

A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.

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The husband of aviation engineer Kyle Pratt has just died in Berlin. Now she is flying back to New York with his coffin and their six-year-old daughter Julia. Three hours into the flight Kyle awakens to find that Julia is gone! It's a big double-decker plane, so very concerned mother has a lot of territory to cover in order to find her daughter. But as Kyle fights to discern the truth, she takes matters into her own hands. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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


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Rated PG-13 for violence and some intense plot material | See all certifications »

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23 September 2005 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,629,938 (USA) (25 September 2005)

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$89,707,299 (USA)
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The Berlin airport scenes were actually shot in Leipzig, Germany. See more »

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The production designers did a rather poor job with the design of the fictional airplane. Besides the large amounts of unproductive empty space already noted, and the mismatch between number of engines and cockpit instrumentation, there are several other glaring mistakes. First, the aircraft fuselage structure is depicted as a tubular metallic design like buildings on the ground, when in fact all modern commercial aircraft use monocoque structure where the skin is the main strength element. Second, the heroine messed with an open panel consisting of many switchboard-like cables terminated with phone jacks like an old telephone system; no aircraft would use anything like this in the general or specific sense. Third, cabin lighting is shown being on the wall shining into passengers' eyes, instead of overhead. See more »

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[first lines]
Mortuary Director: [in German, subtitled] Would you like a moment of privacy before the casket is sealed?
Kyle: [hesitantly] Okay.
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The end credits roll over a blue wire frame animation of the airliner used in the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Cabin Pressure: Designing the Aalto E-474 (2006) See more »

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Written & Performed by Rupert Pope (as Ru Pope)
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"I know where I've seen you before!"
2 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have not seen that many Jodie Foster films, but being that she is a fairly well known actress and Flightplan's premise seemed as good as any's I gave it a shot when invited to an opening showing with two friends.

What followed was a mixture between humor, failed tension, and borderline entertainment.

Flightplan derives its plot from a Hitchcock standpoint: A woman (Foster) boards a plane with her daughter, falls asleep and discovers that the little girl is missing. In a frenzy to locate her missing child she frightens both crew and passengers alike in a search that may be only in her mind.

Trouble is Flightplan never builds much excitement, leaving the audience caught between wondering the truth behind the film's mystery and not really caring but hoping things get interesting before everything is over.

Jodie Foster plays a good anxious, worried mother and I had the urge to just reach up, slap her and say "Cut that out!" A well done acting role on her part that sparks empathy and emotional responses from those watching, bravo. Now if only the other characters could have been as successful...

A few seconds into Foster's flight we are introduced to Pigeon Eyes,(Peter Sarsgaard) a shady looking character who explains himself to be an air marshal. He sports a monotonous disposition that could rival Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker impression, except when situation demands a slightly more energetic tone of voice.

The entire films manages to hold itself together without boring the viewers but not exactly showing them the time of their life either. A few predictable plot twists manage to change things up just enough to have it stand out much better than some suspense thrillers (The Interpreter with Nicole Kidman springs to mind.).

Overall, Flightplan stands as an easily forgettable and average entry in the Jodie Foster film history.

5/10


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