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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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Robert Schwentke
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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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This Fall, One passenger is taking control.............to find the truth See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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Country:

USA

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The mother's daughter Julia has the same name as Erika Christensen in her TV series Parenthood (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Kyle goes to talk to the captain through the cockpit door, the air Marshall pins her to the door. Her mouth is pressed to the door near the peep hole but in the next shot, she is to the left of the peep hole. 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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Fasten your seat belts
2 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Flightplan" seems to have affected IMDb contributors like no other film in recent memory. Mostly is bad. We didn't catch up with this picture until recently. Frankly, we are puzzled as to why the hatred. Granted, the film had the potential for being better, but it's not the total failure as some of the comments in this forum will make one believe. It appears there's an agenda to mark "Flightplan" comments as not useful.

Director Robert Schwentke working with Peter Dowling and Billy Ray's screen play, hasn't added much to the film in order to make it a thriller to be reckoned with, but, in general, the film is not a total waste, as seems to be the perception among contributors.

In a way, "Flightplan" plays with the viewer's perception as to who is behind the disappearance of Julia, the six year old girl traveling with her mother, Kyle, to New York. Kyle has suffered a great tragedy in her life when her husband was found dead in her building's courtyard. The fact that Kyle hasn't been able to accept the death is clear in the first sequence when we see her sitting inside the Alexanderplaz metro station in Berlin.

Kyle, an aircraft designing engineer, is a good mother. One can imagine her panic when she wakes up from a nap to find Julia's gone. No one seems to have noticed the little girl; there is no record of she ever been on board. Kyle meets resistance from the crew of the flight. Even the sky marshal, Carson, is no help at all. What's a mother to do? If one is in Kyle's shoes, one starts taking matter into her own hands.

Jodie Foster does a good job portraying Kyle. She is a mother who doesn't take no for an answer. In fact, she is the one that unravels the mystery surrounding her daughter's disappearance. The climax sequence is perfectly set, as one would expect it to be.

Peter Sarsgaard, is Carson, the sky marshal traveling in the economy section. He is in charge of the safety of the passengers on the flight. In an unusual role for him, Mr. Sarsgaard has some good chances in the movie. Sean Bean plays the pilot of the jumbo jet. Kate Beahan is seen as one of the flight attendants. Erika Christiensen is also part of the crew.

The best way to enjoy the film is not to compare it to anything else and just go for the entertaining value in it because we know this is not a ground breaking film, but thanks to Mr. Schwentke and his cast, it offers us a bumpy ride of a film.


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