Flightplan (2005)

DailyView: Day 100, Movie 168

We have reached the milestone of 100 days in the DailyView. I have been very pleased with how it has gone so far. Today’s film stars Jodie Foster and I heard about it for the first time yesterday as I watched the Schmoedown match with William Bibbiani in it. Flightplan was one of the questions that he was asked, and he knew the answer immediately. The synopsis of the film in the question sounded interesting, so I added it to my list.

Flightplan was the story of a woman named Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) whose husband had just recently died from falling off a roof. She was taking his body on an airplane for burial as she tried to comfort her 6-year old daughter Julia (Marlene Lawston) over the loss of her father.

After falling asleep, Kyle awoke to find Julia was missing and that no one on the flight even remembered ever seeing the child. Kyle became panicked and demanded to see the pilot (Sean Bean). Along with the air marshal Carson (Peter Sarsgaard), Kyle desperately attempted to prove that she was not losing her mind as she continued the search for Julia.

Jodie Foster is always pretty good, but I have to say there were some moments in the film where I did not feel as if she was fully engaged in the performance. Maybe she was going for the underwhelming performance, but it felt as if there were parts of her face that was unemotional or unexpressive.

The plot was ridiculous. When you realize what actually had happened, there are so many holes inside it that it simply does not make any sense. How did nobody on the plane see this little girl being abducted? Are they all just sound sleepers?

There are so many details that would have to work out for this story to be even remotely possible. And Jodie Foster does so many things that the film excuses because she is so desperate to find her daughter. However, there are lines that she does cross that I thought was going too far.

Flightplan’s premise was intriguing obviously (as I heard it on the Schmoedown and wanted to see it) but there is just nothing effective done with it. There were some potentially interesting psychological bits that could have been investigated, but we as viewers never truly believed them because Jodie Foster was so adamant and she did not give us a character that had any more depth than scared mother who knows about airplane designs. The resolution of the mystery is so underwhelming and, truthfully, disappointing that it deflates any sort of momentum that the film may have had.

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