Plane Movie Review

It just so happens that right before attending the screening for “Plane,” I had watched a documentary about a plane crash. This being the case, I was able to point a keen eye on the beginning of the film when the pilots discuss what they’re going through. ​

What I saw seemed natural enough except for some crucial details. Chief among them is that this film has some horrible graphics. You’re making a movie about a plane crash; please do whatever it takes to make it look as authentic as possible. The filmmakers want to put the audience in the seat of a plane, then don’t spend whatever it takes to make it feel as real as possible. They missed the boat there. Maybe if this had been on a ship…? Never mind.


Another thing I noticed is that, and I never thought I’d say this, Gerard Butler does not look good in his captain’s hat. I’m sorry, but I thought he’d look gorgeous. If you’re hoping for that, I assure you he did not. Butler doesn’t measure up for several things asked of him later. He’s playing pilot Brodie Torrance, a scrappy man who, if you find yourself in the position these passengers do, you’d want in charge of the situation. Outside of that, he’s convincing, even when frustrated with the dire circumstances. As happens mostly to female actors, he may be too old to play this type of character.


On this flight, the FBI is transferring Louis Gasparem, a convicted felon played by Mike Colter. Brodie isn’t crazy about the idea, so he insists he be put in the back of the plane and that he stay far away from the other passengers.

Shortly after takeoff comes a storm. Per usual, for a story such as this, there’s turbulence and fear, and then the plane is struck by lightning. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay, you’ve seen this before, but how this unravels is impressive enough to take you along for something new.


The instrument panel in the cockpit goes out, and unrealistically, Mr. Pilot decides to leave his co-pilot Dele (Yoson An), to check on the passengers. He’d do this why exactly? As you’d expect, things get ugly from here. Brace for impact; we’re going down.

All of this was on the edge of your seat, exhilarating.


When they land, it’s a different story. It’s more of your typical “look for a way out of this situation” storyline. However, they landed on an island filled with angry rebels governed by no laws. The way those in charge get money is by kidnapping people and collecting ransom. While the flight was still in the air, Brodie saw what could be a building where he could call for help. He decides to take Mike into the jungle with him to look for the building, hoping they can communicate with someone who will help them out of the predicament they find themselves in. They may be able to, but will the rebels find Brodie’s charges first?


The film is far-fetched, I’m not going to lie, but it’s entertaining and a lot of fun. Don’t look for what’s wrong if they’re not standing out to you, such as a dead man breathing.

Just sit, put your chair back and enjoy the show.


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Directed by: Jean-François Richet
Written by: Charles Cumming and J.P. Davis
Starring: Gerard Butler, Mike Colter, Yoson An, Daniella Pineda, Paul Ben-Victor, Remi Adeleke, Joey Slotnick, Evan Dane Taylor, Claro de los Reyes, and Tony Goldwyn

Genres: Action, Thriller
Rating: R for violence and language
Runtime: 1h 47m

Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonvaventura, Mark Vahradin p.g.a, Marc Butan, Alan Siegel p.g.a. , Gerard Butler


Rating contributor: ShariK.Green tmc
I'm the Sr. Film Writer and Community Manager for I write, direct and produce short films with my production company, Good Stew Productions. Though it's difficult to answer this question when asked, I'd say my favorite movie is “The Big Chill.” I enjoy photography, poetry, and hiking and I adore animals, especially elephants. I live in Arizona and feel it's an outstanding and inspirational place to live.

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