Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Red Eye vs Flightplan

Nowadays it's pretty much the norm in Hollywood to come up with two movies around the same time that are quite the same. Armageddon and Deep Impact. Antz and A Bug's Life. And now there are Red Eye and Flightplan, both suspense thrillers that take place on an airplane.

In Red Eye, Lisa Reinert (Rachel McAdams) is flying back to Miami on a late flight. Before the flight she meets Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) and it turns out they are seated next to each other. What she doesn't know is that Jackson know a lot about Lisa and when he confronts her, he has this evil plan where she has to play part or she will lose her dad. It's a Wes Craven movie so the story goes quite well even though the ending is a bit naf. But not as tacky as Flightplan.

In Flightplan, Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) is a mom whose husband died a week before and is now flying back with her daughter Julia from Berlin to NY. In this big plane she somehow lost her daughter and ends up searching the whole plane for her daughter and at the same time panicking some passengers. At one point she just seemed like a delusional mom but then suddenly the plot changes. The build-up was great (the first 45 minutes) but after that it just went down as if it was falling into a bottomless well.

Both these movies are not what you call quality movies. But they are entertaining. Red Eye is entertaining because of Wes Craven's storyline (the man behind Scream) and Flightplan is entertaining because of Jodie Foster. Both movies have their red herrings and plotholes but that is Hollywood these days.

If you can only choose to see one of them, go see Red Eye. At least you get to ogle at Rachel McAdams (or Cillian Murphy if you're a girl). The rest is just the same.


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