A shot of a woman and a young girl in the movie flightplan.

FlightPlan (2005)

PLOT: An aircraft designer’s daughter goes missing while the two are on a plain heading back to America with her deceased husband’s corpse also on board.

When the crew and the passengers accuse Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster, who’s starred in three other thrillers) of paranoia, she almost believes them. How else can she explain waking up from a light nap to find her daughter missing at 30,000 ft. above ground? How else can she explain her daughter’s name missing from the flight manifest?

Flightplan reminds me of a feisty Halle Berry searching for her son in Kidnap. However, in Jodie’s case, she has to search for her daughter in a plane when everyone wants to convince her that she is psychotic.

Kyle Pratt is convinced her daughter is missing and she will do everything to get her back even if it means locking herself in the cockpit or blowing up Gene Carson( a flight marshal) who has just confessed he killed her husband. Furthermore, she understands the plane better than anybody else because she engineered it. However, I didn’t get how she would assume her daughter was locked inside the casket ferrying her husband, yet she is the only one with the lock combination. The scriptwriter tried too hard to fix ammo into the casket.

Further, Flightplan’s crew gives in to the Kyle’s alleged demands too easily.  No negotiations, nothing! Other than a confrontation with some passengers when she accuses them of kidnapping her daughter, and the sky cop, the rest of the 400 passengers are just an audience like me waiting for Kyle to find her daughter.  Even when the plane lands, passengers and the crew exit, there are no outside negotiations almost gratifying the sky cop yet practically, there must be higher in rank. The only time there’s any action from the people outside the plane is when Kyle blows up a section of it and there’s someone barking orders on a radio call as ambulances race towards the plane. Dear scriptwriter, why/how would the fate of a 400 passenger plane be left in the hands of a flight cop?

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