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Flightplan (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 23, 2005
• UK: 28 Oct 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 24, 2006

Budget USD 55,000,000
BoxOffice: $89.6M

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Flightplan Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for violence and some intense plot material.

Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment

Studio Touchstone Pictures

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Kidnapping, Murder, Mistaken Identity, Terrorism

Tagline: If Someone Took Everything You Live For... How Far Would You Go To Get It Back?

Plot: Flying at 40,000 feet in a cavernous, state-of-the-art 474 aircraft, Kyle Pratt (Foster) faces every mothers worst nightmare when her six year-old daughter, Julia, vanishes without a trace mid-flight from Berlin to New York. Already emotionally devastated by the unexpected death of her husband, Kyle desperately struggles to prove her sanity to the disbelieving flight crew and passengers while facing the very real possibility that she may be losing her mind. While neither Captain Rich (Sean Bean), nor Air Marshal Gene Carson (Peter Sarsgaard) want to doubt the bereaved widow, all evidence indicates that her daughter was never on board resulting in paranoia and doubt among the passengers and crew of the plane. Finding herself desperately alone, Kyle can only rely on her own wits to solve the mystery and save her

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 External Reviews
external linkFlightplan is no classic but offers a satisfying experience -- even though liver, fava beans and a bottle of Chianti aren't featured on the in-flight menu. 3/4

external linkGood plots, like jigsaw puzzles, need every piece to fit if it's to work. Let's say you've been working on a copy of the “Mona Lisa” and you're down to the last few pieces, when suddenly, you discover that the dozen or so that are left not only don't fitwith the rest of the puzzle, but don't fit to each other either. This is what is known in the movie biz as a “wilter.” a film which wilts near the end after giving the viewer a really satisfying hour or so. This is a classic of this kind of thing. 2/5
--Eric Lurio

external link“Flightplan” may not be the worst film out there but it is certainly one of the most disappointing for the way that it squanders so many promising elements–chiefly a strong cast and sleek production design from Alexander Hammond–on a screenplay that doesn’t deserve them. A lot of thrillers these days start off adequately and then crash and burn at the end. 1/5
--Peter Sobczynski (

external link“Flightplan” is effortlessly effective, using a strong cast (supporting players include Sean Bean and Peter Sarsgaard) and a complete understanding of how to turn such a simple setting into an inescapably claustrophobic affair. Schwentke keeps the sense of dread cranked throughout, and while his ode to Hitchcock isn’t as airtight as “Panic Room,” it still does its job remarkably well, supplying a solid dose of thrills and a gripping sense of unease that makes for one noteworthy thriller. 4/5
--David Cornelius (

external link"Flightplan" is two-thirds of a great movie and one-third of a mediocre one, but hey, even the mediocre one has Jodie Foster in it. She does movies so rarely these days that I keep forgetting how good she is, how her face can register so many different emotions at the same time, how she can take command of a scene with just her voice. B
--Eric D. Snider (

 Directed by
Robert Schwentke
Tattoo, Eierdiebe, The Deep Blue Goodbye
 Written by
Billy Ray
Hart's War, Color of Night, Legalese
Jodie Foster
The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Contact
Peter Sarsgaard
Garden State, Jarhead, Boys Don't Cry
Erika Christensen
Traffic, The Upside of Anger, Swimfan
Sean Bean
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Greta Scacchi
The Player, Emma, Presumed Innocent
John Benjamin Hickey
The Bone Collector, The General's Daughter, The Anniversary Party
Kate Beahan
The Matrix Revolutions, Chopper, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
 Music By
James Horner
Braveheart, Titanic, Aliens

external linkFlightplan is a two-for-one sell, however different these two movies may be. The first is your typical nailbiting and emotionally precise psychological thrill, and the second is a no-holds-barred action movie in the vein of an airborne Die Hard. 3/4
--Phil Calabro (The Movie Insider)

external linkFlightplan is not a horrible film, it simply doesn't raise the bar, it may even lower it. This is a mixed bag of good and bad, a movie we have all seen before and it will probably do decent numbers at the box-office considering the talent and the fact that it is a thriller, but to think of it as anything more other than below average is giving it far too much credit. C
--Brad Brevet

external linkOverall, Flightplan is a solid entry into the growing airline-thriller genre, the latest being the [overly] popular Red-Eye (a good movie, but I fail to see why people love it). Certainly, Flightplan will frustrate some and for sure the twist is easy to predict, but because it is because of Jodie Foster and some truly tense moments that makes the film even remotely recommendable. 4/5
--Brian Oliver

external linkFlightplan had me with a slick initial idea, some tension and its polished images. And then Flightplan lost me with hurl inducing PC sillyness... See it on DVD, see Red Eye instead or don’t bother seeing it at all. You aren’t missing anything. 2/4
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)

external linkOverall Flightplan was very intense action suspense films that was a great film from start to finish check it out today. 4.5/5
--Paul Perkins

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