Friday, February 24, 2006

The Flight That Never Left the Ground

Actually, in my opinion, this flight crashed before it even left the ground! I cannot figure out, for the life of me, why Flightplan was so popular both in theaters and in DVD sales/rentals! It earned $89.5 million at the box office and placed first on Home Media Retailing's DVD rental chart (ended Jan. 29th) with an estimated $10.7 million in revenue. Perhaps there are simply too many silly people out there who have a wierd perception of what constitutes a "thriller." The last time I checked, a movie classified as a thriller was supposed to thrill the viewer (profound, I know). Unfortunately, the entire plot is drowned in a sea of predictability. A) Stinky acting. B)Stinky plot. A + B = C) Stinky movie.
The only reason I watched this movie was because Sean Bean was in it. This guy plays the perfect bad guy in nearly every film he has starred in. Of course, in The Lord of the Rings he played more of a good bad guy (wait, does that make any sense?). However, in Flightplan, he plays the flight captain -- a good guy! I'm not sure yet if this actually works for poor Sean. His acting ability definitely surpasses that of Jodi Foster in this film, which really doesn't say much, due to the lack of any acting ability on her part. I actually felt sympathy for him as I watched him put up with the psychomaniac, paranoid mother (a.k.a. Jodi Foster) reaking havoc all over his plane.
Another problem with Flightplan (if you haven't heard enough of them already) is the fact that the plot is revealed 2/3 of the way through the movie, leaving the audience both bored and disappointed for the last half hour. The same happened with M. Night Shymalan's The Village. At least Mr. Shymalan waited a little longer before he gave away the fact that "those of whom we do not speak" did not exist. What makes a genuine thriller movie, in my opinion, is when the audience is led to speculate and piece together the various aspects of a mystery on their own.
Nobody wants to watch something too complex to keep up with, and, vice versa, no one wants to watch something too simple to get emersed in. Flightplan belongs in the latter category. Overall, the most positive response I can give to the movie is this:

Bummer.

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