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FLIGHTPLAN movie review

FLIGHTPLAN is a very strange movie. I don’t know whether to recommend it or not. It definitely kept my interest, but in a tense sort of way. I was tense because Jodie Foster was tense. She’s such a good actress, she can definitely pull you into whatever her character is experiencing.

So why am I on the fence? Because I wasn’t entertained, and I wasn’t really engaged in terms of actually caring. I was just tense. I wanted the movie to be over, but oddly enough, I didn’t really care what happened.

I’ve noticed this before with Jodie Foster’s choice of roles in her last few movies. Her characters are aloof and self-absorbed. It’s understandable in context, but it doesn’t make for a rewarding experience for the viewer.

For example, in FLIGHTPLAN, the woman just lost her husband. She’s in a fog, which makes sense, and there’s a surreal element to it because she apparently didn’t even know her husband was unhappy, then boom, he committed suicide.

It’s all very private and internal. Even her interaction with her little girl is very muted. Of course, these things are private, so you have to respect that. But you’re on the outside looking in. It’s tough to engage with the character.

So I was tense, yet this woman was a stranger to me right to the end. I cared about her the way I’d care about any grieving stranger in a dangerous, confusing situation. But she didn’t become three-dimensional to me because she didn’t want to be three-dimensional to me. She shut me out.

Is it possible for a portrayal to be so realistic that it denies the viewer access to the feelings and involvement that the viewer needs to enjoy the film?

Her performance had integrity. Unfortunately, the plot had a fair number of holes in it, and later, when I was able to relax and think about it, I found myself focusing on those holes. Why? Because I didn’t like the movie, I guess, and so I was looking for reasons not to like it. Something other than Jodie Foster, because clearly she did a wonderful acting job – she closed me out completely, just like she wanted to do. Just like she sort of did in Panic Room and to a lesser extent but still noticeably in Contact.

I don’t get it.

Kate

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(Anonymous)
Sep. 27th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't like the movie either, so much so that I couldn't forgive the plot holes. Best part about it was the red herring they threw us by casting Sean Bean in the role of the pilot. When I saw him, I immediately thought he was a bad guy. Turns out he wasn't. Sorry for the spoilerage all, but don't go see this movie. Anyway, the Sean Bean casting was the only good thing about the movie, I thought.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 27th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Okay, I forgot to sign my comment again. It's Karm!
katedonovan
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
Sean Bean
I agree, he was the only good thing about the movie. He's on my top ten list of the sexiest guys in the universe. The only reason I didn't mention him was because I didn't want his fans to flock to seeing the movie, because let's face it, they under-utilized him.

We've been watching the Sharpe series at my house. A few episodes every weekend. Sigh...

Kate
(Anonymous)
Sep. 27th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
I agree...I really believed he was the bad guy too. The whole movie just made me sad and frusterated. I hate feeling that way through out an entire movie and then be left with the same frusteration...

~Charity
katedonovan
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
Sean Bean
Hi Charity.

Sean Bean is so intense! I'm not surprised you thought he was the bad guy. He really brought some dimension to the movie. But then again, he was wasted in it in my opinion.

Kate
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