“Cabin Pressure: Designing The Aalto E-474” Featurette — See How The Set For The Unique Aircraft Was Designed And Built
Audio Commentary With Director Robert Schwentke
Three hours into the flight, Kyle awakes from a nap to find Julia missing. However, as she frantically searches the enormous aircraft, she is unable to find her daughter and nobody remembers seeing the child. Was Julia kidnapped? Was her daughter yet another hallucination? Is Kyle going crazy?
Flightplan is rated PG-13 for violence and some intense plot material.
Jodie Foster delivers a fine performance as Kyle Pratt. She faces an entire range of emotions as the movie progresses. She feels sorrow and depression over the death of her husband. She feels love and protectiveness for her daughter. She feels panic and desperation as her child is lost. She feels anger and rage as she tries to get her back. Foster’s role requires a lot of her as an actress and she certainly delivers convincingly.
The biggest problem with Flightplan is that the trailers and commercials ruin the first hour of the film. If you haven’t seen them, I recommend you quit reading now. If you have seen them, then you know that everyone thinks Kyle is crazy, then she sees proof that her daughter really was on the flight. The film spends a LOT of time hinting that Kyle just might be crazy and that her daughter really might have been a figment of her imagination. But if you saw the commercial, then you know she’s not crazy. That ruins the first hour and seeing how this movie is a little over 1 and a half hour, it ruins most of the film.
The other problem is that Flightplan requires you to turn your brain off during the entire film. If you think too much about it, then you realize that the reason Julia disappears doesn’t make sense, is entirely improbable, and is really kind of stupid. The airplane is also pretty ridiculous. It has extremely large crawl spaces that anyone can get into. Anyone that has flown a plane knows that even the largest jets are jam packed, there is no extra space, and everything it quite secure. This plane even has a bar with dozens of bottles sitting on an open shelf and a gate that closes shut like in a mall store. The movie tries to explain this away by saying it’s a brand new model of airplane, but it violates so many basic rules of aerospace engineering that it becomes laughable. You see why you’re required to turn your brain off in order to enjoy it.
Flightplan also never really lives up to its full potential. The film starts out like it will be a Hitchcock-ian psychological thriller, but it quickly turns into a typical action film with a cheesy Hollywood ending. I kept waiting for the final twist that would blow me away, but it never happened. Don’t get your hopes up too much.
Finally, almost all of the cast besides Jodie Foster are wasted. Erika Christensen is reduced to being little more than a glorified extra as Fiona, one of the flight attendants. Sean Bean doesn’t really get to exercise any of his acting muscles as Captain Rich. Peter Sarsgaard is about the only remaining one with significant screentime as Carson, but even he’s a disappointment by the end. (I won’t go into details here, but I’ll say he seems to be getting typecast lately.)
“The In-Flight Movie: The Making Of Flightplan” This feature is broken up into a series of short videos highlighting the story development, the casting, post production, and visual effects. They feature your usual interviews with the cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, and more. There’s also a lot of footage of the airplane model which, I thought, was pretty interesting. This is one of the few places you’ll see Jodie Foster on the DVD bonus features, too.
“Cabin Pressure: Designing The Aalto E-474” Featurette This is an interesting featurette on how the airplane set was built for Flightplan. From an engineering point of view, it’s quite a feat. Some of the tricks that they used to get cameras in there were quite unique. You really appreciate all the work and detail they put into it once you see this.
Audio Commentary With Director Robert Schwentke Unfortunately, Jodie Foster doesn’t take part in the commentary. Schwentke does a decent job of talking you through the film, but it would have been cool to hear the actress herself.
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