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THE GAME PLAN
"Give me back my daughter!"
How many times have we heard this line in a dark theater? When I watch a movie, I like to compare it to other movies I've seen in the past. If too many familiar titles come to mind, then I know what I'm watching can't be good. Unfortunately, "Flightplan" falls into that category. Last time I saw Jodie Foster on the silver screen, she was fighting home-intruders while trapped in a "Panic Room" with her daughter. This time, she plays Kyle, a mother trying to prove her sanity while searching for her missing daughter on an airplane.
Is Hollywood really running out of creative ideas? My advice to Hollywood is to get a grip and find something new and extraordinary.
The film's opening sequence suggests intrigue, leaving the audience wondering, "Is she crazy or isn't she?" The biggest failure of the film is that we never believe Foster is crazy. We know that the daughter is on the plane and that there is a simple storyline.
For inspiration, the director might want to take some cues by watching M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" again, or even last year's "Forgotten." Both of these films succeed in misleading the audience and having us wonder whether we're the ones who are crazy.
Disappointingly, once the plot gets under way, this movie turns out to be a traditional second-sequel thriller that could just as easily be called "Die Hard 4" or "Speed 3."