After the death of her husband, Kyle Pratt and her young daughter Julia are flying back to the U.S. for the funeral. However at some point during the flight Kyle and Julia fall asleep and when Kyle wakes up Julia is gone. No one believes that her daughter was ever even aboard the plane and Kyle frantically tries searching the plane she helped design for her child. She will have to figure out what is going on and prove that she is not crazy to save her child’s life.
Basically I saw this movie as Panic Room on a plane; but less suspenseful. First they portray her as a very caring protective mother; then they throw in that it could all be because she is crazy. Also there were holes throughout the movie that just really bothered me, those I will discuss at the end of this review so not to give anything away to those that have not seen Flightplan. I hate thrillers that make everyone a suspect for no real reason other than to throw you off and that is exactly what you can expect from this story. A real thriller has reasons that you would suspect someone. And the end is just as lackluster as the rest of the story, there is some action; but most of it is running around on a plane and her getting out of the marshals hands to look for her daughter. Then when the final big twist is revealed it is done in such a way that they basically lay it all out for you because they hope they have confused you so much you wouldn’t understand any other way. About the only good thing I can say is that at least it was short. The bonus features aren’t too bad, they include a making of that is broken down into smaller features so you can pick and choose what you are interested in, a look at the design of the plane which is interesting how they made the plane capable of filming in, and commentary by the filmmaker. Below contains SPOLIERS
There is one hole in this movie that bothers me the most. The night before the flight Kyle looks out the window and sees two men starring in her home. They make sure that you see the men very clearly. Then on the plane she runs into the men and accuses them of taking her daughter, they have proof that they weren’t starring in on her the night before; but by then the damage is done and passengers suspect them. Later it is very obvious that they had nothing to do with it; but Kyle does not apologize. Instead it seems that they apologize to her. Also why did they feel the need to show them in the window if it was just an illusion? Did they really need to try to throw you off that much? Very weak.