Flightplan (2005)

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Released 14-Mar-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Audio & Animation
Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of-The In-Flight Movie (5 Featurettes)
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Cabin Pressure: Designing The Aalto E-474
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 94:01
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Robert Schwentke
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Jodie Foster
Peter Sarsgaard
Sean Bean
Kate Beahan
Michael Irby
Assaf Cohen
Erika Christensen
Shane Edelman
Mary Gallagher
Haley Ramm
Forrest Landis
Jana Kolesarova
Brent Sexton
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music James Horner


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Norwegian
Danish
Finnish
Icelandic
Portuguese
Spanish Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Suspense action thrillers situated on airplanes used to be nothing out of the ordinary... The Delta Force, Die Hard 2, Passenger 57, Executive Decision, Air Force OneÖ until the aftermath of 9/11, when airport travel became an experience of paranoia and fear.

However, in 2005, two thrillers situated on a plane were released; Wes Cravenís Red Eye and Flightplan directed by Robert Schwentke. With the release of these two mainstream films, which did relatively well commercially, audiences this year have the Paul Greengrass directed drama Flight 93 and the horror action thriller Snakes on the Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson to look forward to. But each of these films are very different in subject and tone - Red Eye was a enjoyable vacant thriller, Flight 93 is a re-enactment of the events of United Flight 93 which was hijacked on 9/11 and Snakes on the Plane, as its bizarre title suggests, is about snakes let loose on a plane.

As for Flightplan, the less you know about the film the better as the plot is relatively simple and has a tone which is highly ĎHitchcockianí. Jodie Foster, who hasnít had a lead role since David Fincherís Panic Room in 2002 (in 2004 she had a small French speaking role in Un long dimanche de fianÁailles), plays Kyle, the mother of an impossible cute girl named Julia played by Marlene Lawston. The two board a plane en route from Berlin to New York and on this seemingly ordinary flight Kyleís young daughter disappears.

German Director Robert Schwentke directs the film quite well but the scriptís premise sits on a fine line between clever and unintelligent. Nevertheless the film does star Jodie Foster, even if she is playing a role reminiscent of Panic Room, and Peter Sarsgaard as a Federal Air Marshal. Supporting the leads are Sean Bean as Captain Rich and Kate Beahan and Erika Christensen as flight attendants.

Overall the film has all the ingredients for a good thriller but may feel contrived depending on your tastes. If youíre a fan of Jodie Foster or thrillers of this mould I recommend this title. It isnít necessarily a bad film but it isnít a good one either, as the twist in the last act may leave audiences underwhelmed, but the film is well directed even if the script is somewhat flawed

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Transfer Quality

Video

The presentation of the film is very good. The film heavily utilises the colour blue, and it has been reproduced well on this DVD. The film is presented in its original aspect ratio 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

There are no major flaws to speak of, except I noted that the title has been encoded at an average bitrate at 4.91 Mb/s, which is quite low. Despite this, there aren't any major noticeable MPEG compression artefacts and skin tones remain natural.

Minimal lighting is used and unfortunately during the darker scenes shadow detail isnít particularly striking. There is a large selection of subtitles on offer and the English subtitles are true to the onscreen dialogue.

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Audio

The audio presentation is also very good. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s) soundtrack makes use of surround sound and the subwoofer resonates throughout the film. This is an encompassing experience and being of the thriller genre, sound design is particularly important.

Dialogue is audible and clear and produced without any flaws. The music score by James Horner is engaging and melodramatic without being domineering. All round, this is a well produced soundtrack which is atmospheric.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

A well designed and themed menu with selected score.

The In-Flight Movie: The Making of Flightplan

This documentary which runs for 38:31 is concerned with the production of the film. Key areas of discussion include the script, specifically re-written for Jodie Foster, a focus on the director Robert Schwentke, casting, post production and visual effects. This can also be viewed in 5 short segments.

Cabin Pressure: Designing The Aalto E-474

This short feature which runs for 10:02 focuses on the design of the plane and construction of the impressive set. Quite an interesting feature, and as the E-474 does not actually exist, the designs and structural ideas were infinite.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The R1 presentation contains the same extra features as the R4 but also includes an English DTS 5.1 soundtrack and an audio commentary with director Robert Schwentke. A selection of sneak peeks including "Annapolis", "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", "Proof", "Lost: Season 2", "Shadows in the Sun", "The Greatest Game Ever Played", a "TV on DVD" commercial and two Easter eggs are also offered.

Summary

Flightplan is a good thriller with a dependable cast which is also well directed with notable claustrophobic cinematography, but let down by a flawed script.

The R4 presentation is a predominately average affair as the R1 has the better version of the title.

Nevertheless, a recommended title.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1910, using DVI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS
Speakers(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12

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Comments (Add)
Good, but not great - Andrew500 (read my bio, at your leisure)
Worst plane movie ever ! - Vieira4 (deleted bio)
re: worst plane movie ever - pete