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Movie Review: FlightplanWednesday, August 13, 2008 9:51:58 PMRating: Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Average: Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)Review Rank: 3/10(30%)windquake

I have a couple of rules I use when judging movies.  One of them is this: "The plot of a movie should never rely on happenstance for the plot to continue.  (This rule may be suspended if the movie in question is a farcical or parody comedy movie.)"

I would like now to point out how a movie plot should NOT be constructed:

In Flightplan, the premise is laid out that a woman gets on a plane and her daughter goes missing.  Is her daughter actually missing, or is she just crazy?  Okay, accepted.
Violation #1:  Actually, there are so many violations, all of the seasons of Law and Order have less plot holes... Anyway, long story short, Jodie Foster's character's husband died and she and her daughter are bringing the body home.  Little does she know terrorists have loaded up the coffin contraband and now have kidnap her daughter, make her think her daughter died too, driver her crazy, until she goes to open the coffin for them, for only she knows the code.  Yes, it is as stupid as it sounds, but that isn't the problem.

The problem is, Kyle (Jodie's character) boards the plane with the kid, and the kid is on the plane with her mom for like 2 hours before she dozes off.  She wakes up and the kid is gone and the search begins.  Now, it turns out that many of the flight crew, and even the Air Marshal, are in on the scam, so that part makes sense.  But, at one point she is asking other people if they have seen her daughter and NO ONE remembers her daughter.  NO ONE.

So if another person sitting around did remember (or happened to take pictures, or video with their phone) and would have said something like "Yeah you DID have a kid with you," and the plan is totally shot to Hell.  Not only that, but how did they remove the daughter without ANYONE see them pick her up (she was in the window seat) and move her without waking up the daughter or the mother, or disturbing the sleeping people around them, or without drawing the attention of any of the awake people around them?

Violation #2:  The plan was far too complex.  The best plans are simple.  They could have easy asked Kyle to come with them (she designed the plane they are flying on), taken her down to the hold and just tortured the bejesus out of her until she gave them the code to open the coffin.  After all, a flight from Germany to the US would take many many hours.  This plan would have taken approximately 1 bad guy, instead of the giant conspiracy that had: An Air Marshal, many of the flight crew, and someone back at the airline (they altered the flight manifest to erase the girl from the list).

Instead their plan was to drive her crazy, convince her that her daughter died with her husband, until she finds the coffin and opens it to find out if her daughter's body is in the coffin.  What if she didn't go crazy?  What if she went into shock and just sat in the corner murmuring to herself?  What if in the rush, she forgot the combination?

I would suggest you check out the movie Redeye.  It was the other "plane" movie that came out around the same time.  It isn't great, but it is far better than this crap.

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And finally...why would her daughter be in the same coffin as her husband? Is it customary to ship two corpses in one coffin as some sort of discounted flight rate? Hmmm...
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