USA / French
"If Someone Took Everything You Live For... How Far Would You Go To Get It Back?
"A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.
A mediocre time at the movies
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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