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Nightmare at 37,000 Feet

If you don't enjoy flying much to begin with, it doesn't appear that "Flightplan," the new Jodi Foster vehicle, is going to do much to change your mind. In the movie, Foster boards a plane with her daughter, but while in flight the daughter disappears. Not only is Foster faced with trying to locate her child, but no one onboard will admit to having seen the girl to begin with.

Folks on the IMDb message boards are already calling it a rip-off of everything from Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" and Joseph Ruben's "The Forgotten" to Otto Preminger's "Bunny Lake is Missing." If we're going to start casting stones, we shouldn't forget the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "Little Girl Lost." Where do we draw the line, in other words? I'd at least like to see the film first.

Besides, when you get right down to it, the important thing is that Jodi Foster is in the damn thing. Jodi Foster. Thriller. When's the last time that combination didn't work? (I know, some people didn't like "Panic Room," but imagine it without Foster!) She's got an intensity about her that the camera just loves to close in on. Surely she can carry this thriller on her shoulders.

"Flightplan" soars into movie theaters on September 23.--Pete Mesling


Posted by Pete on September 12, 2005 9:03 PM
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You are SO right. I have seen this trailer like 8 times now and I just can't figure it out. Is she crazy? Is she right? Is she a bad-ass? I'm not sure.

However, I do know that Jodie Foster rocks and she hasn't been in a movie for so long. Could she possibly pick something BAD for her "comeback?"

-- Posted by: Rachel at September 14, 2005 10:07 PM

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