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  • Summary: This action-adventure features a group of air crash survivors who 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. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. An excellent job of retaining key elements of the original plot but have created a whole new set of characters that gives the film an entirely contemporary feel.
  2. Refreshingly, it's actually about action, albeit arbitrary action, and how it defines us and keeps us alive.
  3. The action is thrilling enough.
  4. 50
    This Phoenix screams hack job.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    There's nothing like dumbing down a movie grown-ups love so it can be "sold" to teens who aren't going to go anyway. The savvy flyer will proceed to the gate marked The "Aviator" instead.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    The first-act crash is admittedly spectacular and the ending adequately suspenseful, but what comes between is disappointingly routine and completely lacks the kind character complexity that made the original a thrill every step of the way.
  7. A moth-eaten stranded-in-the-desert yarn that throws in every cheap trick in the manual to pump up your heartbeat, is so manipulative that the involuntary jolts of adrenaline it produces make you feel like a fool.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. May 16, 2011
    9
    An easily enjoyable remake that wasn't as good as the first, but it still manages to rise as it's own and maintains a sense of drama and suspense that draws you into it Expand

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