Flightplan

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  • Summary: Flying at 40,000 feet in a cavernous, state-of-art 474 aircraft, Kyle Pratt (Foster) faces every mothers' worst nightmare when her six year-old daughter vanishes without a trace mid-flight from Berlin to New York. (Touchstone Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. A tense, concise and elegantly shot film.
  2. 70
    Until those final moments, Flightplan succeeds admirably, both as a sophisticated psychological thriller and as an example of, if not great art, then superb craftsmanship.
  3. This thriller is effective if you can accept that--as with some of John Dickson Carr's locked-room mysteries--the trickiness counts more than any plausibility.
  4. The plot is contingent on everything going perfectly in ways no one can possibly predict, right down to the most outlandish happenstance of timing and human behavior.
  5. Sean Bean makes a positive impression as the caring but puzzled captain of the flight, though Peter Sarsgaard flies at half-mast as a clumsy air marshal.
  6. The movie loses some of its initial atmospheric tension as paranoid thrills give way to Rambo high jinks.
  7. 25
    This movie demands that the viewer -- and even its own characters -- turn into thumb-sucking 3-year-olds with no need for plausibility or logic, as long as there are lots of flashing lights and whooshing noises emanating from the screen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 58
  2. Negative: 15 out of 58
  1. Amanda
    Jan 7, 2006
    10
    I think this was the best movie i have ever seen sence i was a little kid i think this is a 2 time movie every one should go see it.
  2. WallyS.
    Dec 8, 2005
    9
    The top-notch performance by Foster only helps the movie become more riveting and suspensful, sure there are plot holes, but the direction is The top-notch performance by Foster only helps the movie become more riveting and suspensful, sure there are plot holes, but the direction is unique and the climax doesn't dissapoint. Expand
  3. BrianF.
    Sep 26, 2005
    8
    It certainly deserves higher ratings than the critics have given it. Top-notch acting, a couple of nice plot twists and excellent camerawork It certainly deserves higher ratings than the critics have given it. Top-notch acting, a couple of nice plot twists and excellent camerawork all make up for a couple of stretches in credibility. Expand
  4. ClintM.
    Oct 2, 2005
    6
    Ok, now you may see the 6 and think "that's not that great, it's not worth going to see". But ... you'd be missing out on Ok, now you may see the 6 and think "that's not that great, it's not worth going to see". But ... you'd be missing out on entertaining mindless movie fun. I want to give the movie a higher score, but truth be told, it wasn't anything I haven't seen before. But I enjoyed it, and you will too. Expand
  5. AMovieC.
    Feb 11, 2006
    5
    It was a decent movie.....but nothing really very good. The movie begins very confusingly, and very slowly. Things eventually start to pick It was a decent movie.....but nothing really very good. The movie begins very confusingly, and very slowly. Things eventually start to pick up as they introduce many suspicious characters, and the script always keeps you guessing. Unfortunately, your guesses will probably be right; the movie gives itself away fairly early on, and the villains' plans kind of fall apart when you wonder about the details of them after the movie's over. I found the movie to be interesting, and as I said, it kept you guessing through the whole thing...yet it doesn't move fast enough. It's never really as suspenseful or thrilling as it wants to be. The movie resorts to cheap tricks to try to fool you; characters giving eachother suspicious glances when (in retrospect) they had no reason to, etc. It was an interesting movie, but overall, it's only average, and as a thriller, it just doesn't thrill. Expand
  6. BarryP.
    Mar 23, 2006
    3
    The "payoff" to this thriller is simply not believable. The plot holes are big enough to drive an SUV through, and the supporting cast is The "payoff" to this thriller is simply not believable. The plot holes are big enough to drive an SUV through, and the supporting cast is entirely wasted in this movie. Even Foster's performance is only mediocre. A huge disappointment. Expand
  7. ApocalypseBrown
    Mar 3, 2007
    0
    Enter a contestant for the Hollywood hall of Turkeys. Totally abject and brainless, what a waste of time and money. AVOID!

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