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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) (23 September 2005)

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$89,706,988 (USA) (3 March 2006)
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The mother's daughter Julia has the same name as Erika Christensen in her TV series Parenthood (2010). See more »

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Early in the movie when Kyle is leaving with Julia her hair is in a tight bun with no wisps loose. In the taxi there are wisps of hair down, then at the airport her hair is back in the original (no mess) bun again. See more »

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Mortuary Director: [in German, subtitled] Would you like a moment of privacy before the casket is sealed?
Kyle: [hesitantly] Okay.
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Some of the opening credits are reflected on the side of a subway train as if they are actually present in the scene. Other credits interact with the background in many other ways, for example by being obscured by foreground objects or moving in perspective to match a closing door. See more »

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Featured in Emergency Landing: Visual Effects of 'Flighplan' (2006) See more »

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Written & Performed by Rupert Pope (as Ru Pope)
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A mediocre time at the movies
10 October 2005 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

The number one rule in making a thriller is, if you're ripping off Hitchcock, make sure you do it right! The movie's plot is very simply Hitchcockian -- a woman, Jodie Foster, loses her little girl aboard an international flight several thousands of feet in the air, and nobody on board remembers seeing the little girl at all, much less her disappearance. The movie's full of simple plot elements: a desperate mother, the claustrophobic atmosphere of the plane and the helpless skepticism of the airline personnel. The problem is the plot ultimately makes no internal sense, and the underlying emotional issues, while beautifully played by the talented Ms. Foster, are idiotic as well. All movies like this are manipulative by nature, but the really good ones hide the strings (Hitchcock was a Master of this art) while the bad ones, like Flightplan, display their flaws so obviously you find yourself sitting in the theater snorting at the improbability of what's happening. The big twist that's supposed to shock doesn't make sense, supposedly intelligent characters act extremely stupidly and the emotional manipulation is ham-handed and ineffective.

So -- what did this movie do right? The performances are uniformly decent, though not in themselves interesting enough to save the movie. And the director keeps the movie from utter pointlessness by keeping the movie visually interesting. The movie's color palette is blue and grays, and the airplane is full of sleek curves and surfaces. The camera does all sorts of tricks, like filming a conversation from the outside of the windows, but which ultimately does nothing for the story or the movie overall.

I didn't hate this movie, mostly I was dismissive of it. Nothing engaged me, or interested me, and the ending made me roll my eyes. It's true: a bad script kills a film every time.


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