A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one.Written by
Miranda Otto's character, an engineer, is named "Kelly Johnson". Kelly Johnson is the name of a legendary aircraft engineer for Lockheed who designed the P-38 Lightning fighter of WWII (like the C-119, a unique twin-boom fuselage design). Later he ran the Lockheed "Skunk Works" which secretly produced the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. In view of the fact that aircraft design is a key element of the plot, it is unlikely that the name is a coincidence. See more »
After the storm caused the aircraft to go inverted. Frank brought it to upright. As he did this a quick view of the artificial horizon showed it nearly wings level. The instrument in a C-119 would not do this. On older aircraft the gyro in the artificial horizon "tumbles" with the degree of roll exceeding 70 degrees of roll and the line in the horizon would end up in either the upper right or left corners of the instrument face. It would not in any case show a near wings-level attitude. See more »
[to Towns, about the makeshift plane]
The design is perfect, the only flaw is that we have to rely on you to fly it.
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Reading some of the reviews here, I don't understand why a lot of people do not like the 2004 version of this film. Granted, I have never seen the original, so I can never make the comparison. Nevertheless, "Flight of the Phoenix" is still a very enjoyable film.
After a devastating plane crash in the Mongolian desert, the survivors of the crash must band together to build a new plane from the wreckage. But with a limited amount of water and food, their time is slowly running out.
Sure, the film is predictable, but the story kept me interested. Some of the effects in the opening scene of the sandstorm that brings the plane down, were awful. However, don't believe all the bad reviews here. If you liked previous disaster type flicks, I am sure you will enjoy this one.
Definitely worth the rental, and because of this one, I will definitely be on the lookout to see the original.
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