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Flightplan (2005)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Kyle Pratt
Peter Sarsgaard ... Carson
Sean Bean ... Captain Rich
Kate Beahan ... Stephanie
Michael Irby ... Obaid
Assaf Cohen ... Ahmed
Erika Christensen ... Fiona
Shane Edelman ... Mr. Loud
Mary Gallagher ... Mrs. Loud
Haley Ramm ... Brittany Loud
Forrest Landis ... Rhett Loud
Jana Kolesárová ... Claudia
Brent Sexton ... Elias
Marlene Lawston ... Julia
Judith Scott ... Estella
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Storyline

The husband of aviation engineer Kyle Pratt has just died in Berlin, and 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 the very concerned mother has a lot of territory to cover in order to find her daughter. She takes matters into her own hands as she fights to discern the truth. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Arabic | Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plan de vuelo See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,629,938, 25 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$89,707,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,680,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Berlin airport scenes were actually shot in Leipzig, Germany. See more »

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When the French person on the screen is finished speaking, she remains there even though another language is playing. See more »

Quotes

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

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Does well enough for the majority to keep going to the end when the silly answers to the puzzle are revealed
11 December 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Having just lost her husband when he threw himself off the roof of their building, Kyle is a mess and is just trying to keep it together long enough to take his coffin and their young daughter back to the US. They fall asleep in the back of the half full plane but three hours into the flight Kyle wakes up to find her daughter gone. The crew help her look but, as time goes on Kyle becomes more and more frantic and scared for her daughter. At the same time the crew and her fellow passengers become more incredulous at her claims.

Despite my reservations that this would just be a poor photocopy of The Lady Vanishes I decided to give this a go and surprised myself by actually enjoying it up to a point. The film opens well, with supernatural twists and cold hues to the film that make us think all sorts of things and then builds on that. The confines of the plane help the tension be raised slowly and effectively while the fact that the audience never know what is really happening helps to keep us on edge. For the majority of the film this works well but at some point it has to decide an option to take and, at this point the questions get answered and it is a problem that the answers don't make a lot of sense. In fact they require a lot of suspension of belief and the ability to not question them. Luckily, for me the film had built up enough of a head of steam to just about make it to the finishing line despite this sudden blow – everything is in play and the end is near and it is tension and involvement that gets you there. This was the point I felt it struggled but I always knew it was going to come and by showing its hand late in the game and playing to its strengths for the majority of the time I felt it just about pulled it off.

Foster isn't that great here in terms of range but she does sell the wide-eyed panic she has to deliver and her performance helps the film build tension within the cabin while also sharing her doubts about herself with the audience. Sarsgaard is enjoyable in his role and works well with Foster. Bean is a good presence and moves well from helping to serious doubt. The support cast throw in plenty of reasonable support turns to distract, however I found a plane crewed by supermodel stewardesses to be almost as hard to swallow as the main plot twist itself.

Overall this is an enjoyable thriller that manages to put enough tension in the bank to carry itself when the credibility cheques start to bounce in the final third. The cast and the director keep the incredibly unlikely plot at bay for as long as they can and they build the majority on a tension of the unknown. Yes, it all starts to fall to pieces when the illogical truth comes to light but by then it has done enough just to make it to the end before the wings totally fall off. Worth a look but don't expect too much more than an enjoyable ride.


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