Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2005. Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment. Screenplay by Peter A. Dowling, Billy Ray. Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus. Produced by Brian Grazer. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Alec Hammond. Costume Design by Susan Lyall. Film Editing by Thom Noble.
Jodie Foster stars as an airplane engine designer living in Berlin whose bereavement over the loss of her husband (to suicide) convinces her to take her little girl home to America. After falling asleep for a few hours on their flight (aboard a plane the size of a small country, no less), she wakes up to find her daughter missing and the entire cabin crew convinced that she never existed in the first place. Foster must now persuade everyone on board (including herself at some point) that she did indeed have her daughter with her and that she has been kidnapped. The first half of this film makes for some fun movie excitement, with Foster doing a superb job of portraying the character’s tension (in a role originally written for Sean Penn). Eventually, though, the plot becomes predictable and is full of holes; without giving too much away, let me just say that a scheme that was supposedly ‘foolproof’ relies too much on happenstance and guesswork. Still, the photography is beautiful and the supporting cast does an excellent job.