—Can We Ever
Really Plan Our Flight?
The Blonde and The Maven
Brian Grazer always chooses entertaining movies
to produce. From Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, he
seems to have a knack fore working with quality actors
and crew. In Flightplan, he chose Robert Schwentke as
the director who previously wrote and directed the
semi-autobiographical The Family Jewels and directed
Tattoo. The screenwriters are Peter A. Dowling and Billy
Ray (Shattered Glass and Suspect Zero).
The film begins in cold, dreary looking
Berlin. Kyle Pratt, played by Jodie Foster (Silence of
the Lambs and Panic Room) is at a morgue where she is
dealing with the red tape of securing her husband’s
coffin for the trip home to New York for burial. Kyle
was employed in Berlin as a propulsion engineer for a
new plane design called the AALTO AIR E-474. Her trip
back to New York will be on this new plane. (What a
surprise!). She leaves the next day with her daughter,
who is traumatized by her father’s recent death. As Kyle
and Julia board the flight, you see just how remarkable
this plane truly is; it’s a wide, two-story behemoth
that makes the747 appear small in comparison. Our two
stressed out characters decide to lie down after takeoff
and fall asleep. When Kyle awakes, two hours have passed
and she quickly realizes that her child is not in her
arms. After a casual search of the plane, she enlists
the help of the flight crew. When that search comes up
empty as well, Kyle is now frantic and
requests—actually, demands—that the captain get
involved. Captain Rich, played by Sean Bean (Lord of the
Rings and The Island), orders an all-out search.
Meanwhile, the other passengers are getting a little
tense, to say the least. Kyle is like a tense coil about
to unwind. The head stewardess brings a message to the
captain. Apparently, Kyle’s husband took their daughter
with him when he “fell” off the roof of their apartment
building. Not only that, but there was no record of
Kyle’s daughter ever having boarded the plane at all.
Making matters worse, no one ever saw the child come on
board or even on the plane. Now the crew and the
passengers think Kyle is a NUT! After more crazy and
dangerous attempts to find her daughter, the smarmy Air
Marshall, Gene Carson, portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard
(Kinsey and Golden State) handcuffs Kyle to her seat
where she has to endure a visit from a therapist (who
also happens to be traveling to New York—how
To reveal any more of the
story would give too much away, and finding out what
happens is all the fun!
Blonde: THRILLER, THRILLER, THRILLER and very
Hitchcockesque! This was an enticing film! Flightplan
was like The Lady Vanishes meets Panic Room meets Bunny
Lake is Missing meets Gaslight meets Redeye! I
really enjoyed myself. It was a lot more fun watching it
than being on the plane would be! I thought this film
was both fun and exciting. I just love watching Jodi
work. She is a flawless actress. She makes you feel
everything she feels. She makes you connect emotionally
to each line she speaks. I MUST add that Flightplan is
100 percent Jodi’s film. She steals the whole two hours
with ease, although, the little girl was
The Maven: Once again, Jodi
Foster proves she is one of the smartest, most watchable
actresses of her generation. I was unable to look at
anyone else on screen when she was there. The story was
interesting from start to finish; a visceral suspense
thriller all the more intense because it deals with a
subject all parent can relate to. You are 37,000 feet in
the air and your child is missing. Worse than that, no
one believes you even had a child with you. How could
you possibly make strangers listen to you, let alone the
crew to allow you to search? I can barely get a
stewardess to give me a drink!
Try getting a blanket and pillow! I thankfully would
never run into this problem, as my children make
themselves known the minute they step on board any
plane. All the, “Please be quiets” make this a non-issue
for me. ANYWAY, it’s interesting how Jodi likes to pick
movies that scare her audience! I found that my emotions
were all over the map throughout the film. I felt ANGER,
though, MOST of the time! Mav, speaking of anger, did
you see Phil Donahue on O’Reilly’s show? Phil BASHED
O’Reil’y like a piñata! LOVED IT… LOVED IT! Sorry
readers, but I truly dislike O’REILLY. Not only is he
completely arrogant, but he never lets anyone speak, and
Donahue didn’t allow him to cut him off! YOU GO,
Maven: I AGREE! O’Reilly is so over the top now. His
opponents won’t want to appear on his show if he
continues to be so abusive! It’s a shame. I used to be a
fan! Now, he just bores me. BLONDE, I do have an “I TOLD
YOU SO” to make, though. Saturday night in L.A., Ashton
and Demi got married.
The Blonde: What’s
going on? Look at all the weddings we have been snubbed
from. First, it was Trump’s wedding, than Kenny and
Zellweger, then Ben and Jen. What next, Tom and Katie
and Angelina and Brad won’t invite us either? THIS IS
The Maven: WELL BLONDE, maybe if you stop
attending all of the Hollywood wedding bashes wearing
YOUR various wedding gowns and tiaras we would be back
on the ‘invite list’!
The Blonde: WELL,
EXCUSE ME! If you paid all that money for those
gowns, you would find it economical to wear them more
than once too. In addition, ya gotta admit...it is such
a good look for me!
The Maven: How about
wearing them on Halloween or a Mardi Gras party? I would
not mind so much, but why is it always me tagging behind
you all night carrying your eight-foot train…
The Blonde: BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD AT IT?
SOOOO, do ya think Oprah will ever tie the knot with
Stedman? Boy, that was a BIG mess she got herself in
with the Hermes Paris store. I love ya, Oprah! You know
I do, but hon, CLOSING MEANS CLOSING, EVEN IN FRANCE, NO
MATTER HOW FAMOUS YOU ARE! The purse she wanted was
really cute, though!
The Maven: What I
don’t get is if I were in Paris, I wouldn't be shopping
at night! I mean, this is the most romantic city in the
The Blonde: I will give her kudos,
though. She did give $10 million to the hurricane
victims, and I like that! Mav, did you know that Britney
Spears, with all her money, only gave $200,000, and she
is a native in that area of the U.S.?
Maven: No, but what I find even more interesting is that
after all this gabbing, you haven’t brought up the
Dianne Sawyer interview with Barbra!
Blonde: It was like ‘butta! I adore her and I forever
will. The interview wasn’t long enough for me. I needed
another 30 minutes, at least.
Meanwhile, let’s get back to the film…I think what makes
the movie work best is that it plays to our post 9-11
paranoia—the fear of flying in general, racial
profiling, and de-icing the plane before take off are
all scary issues. The recent news coverage of the
JetBlue landing gear incident a few days ago brought the
issue home even more.
The Blonde: Totally!
I also want to comment how marvelous the music,
sound effects and editing all were. Due to the style and
content of the film, all these played crucial and
important roles to making this film come together. They
were so well done with unique excellence! Moving
along, Mav do you think that Warren Beatty will run for
Governor of California and if he does, do you think he
could win against, “I’ll be back”
The Maven: Perhaps, but he needs to
keep his sister Shirley MacLaine out of
The Blonde: Perhaps she will be too
busy finding another one of her past lives to get
The Maven: This
film had me on the edge of my seat. It was a tense and
emotional ride which should appeal to men and woman
alike. There is some violence, lots of action and a very
clear ending, even though it did come too soon. I rate
this film a B for building great tension.
The Blonde: If you are in the market for a
suspenseful, good time, then this is your best bet. No
matter what your age, it WILL indeed keep your interest
for two hours. I, too, would have liked to see the final
ending not come about so abruptly. However, just like
the Maven, I rate Flightplan a B as well. This is
amazing for us to agree on our ratings the last few
movies! For your movie snacks, get a bunch of those
tiny, little, almost nothing in them, PLANE peanuts
bags. Go ahead and sneak in some of those tiny airplane
liquor bottles as well. Just kidding, go with the
popcorn and soda here!
The Blonde and the
Maven: Watch for Zorro, starring the sexiest man in
films, coming soon!
P.S.: Another movie
recommendation in theaters now is Proof. This is an
intelligent, fascinating and emotionally moving film. We
enjoyed it immensely and loved the way it explored
issues of sanity and trust. Gwyneth Paltrow was
brilliant as was (and always is) Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Definitely see it, but don’t expect high tension and
suspense. You should expect complex relationship issues
and a very good story. See you at the movies!
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