The first half of "FLIGHTPLAN" is gripping. Jodie Foster plays the designer of a new state-of-art giant jet, having to travel on it, while transporting the body of her husband, who has recently committed suicide. Along with her is her 8 year old daughter. During the flight, after a short nap, she awakens to find her daughter missing. Adding to trouble, no one on board recalls ever seeing her daughter, believing she's delusional do to her recent tragic circumstances. The daughter doesn't appear on the manifest either. Foster's frantic search for her daughter alarms passengers and crew alike, and the audience is instantly caught up in the scenario of trying to convince everyone that she's not crazy, and in fact her daughter is in trouble.
Unfortunately, a great premise demands a great or at least decent third act. This third act is horrible, pretentious, and completely unoriginal. Worse still, the director threw in a ridiculous red herring that is never explained, involving two men, appearing to be spying on Foster earlier in the film from their window. The actors are great, especially Sean Bean as the pilot, but even great talent can't save a bad script.
BUENA VISTA has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The production design is wonderful, and this transfer compliments it, even more than the wonderful dvd had. The blues and dark colors have a richness that noticeably improves upon the dvd. Sure, colors are still dull at times, but when the scenes are intentionally vibrant, this transfer looks outstanding! The detail is flawless in scene after scene. There are no compression problems to be found. A solid BLU-RAY transfer, ranking it with the best from BUENA VISTA thus far.(HERE'S HOPING THEY CAN MATCH THIS QUALITY IF THEY EVER RELEASE "SHOPGIRL"!)
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. While not an "aggressive" mix, "FLIGHTPLAN" offers one of the most realistic, engaging mixes we've heard on BLU-RAY so far. There's clever attention to detail with this mix, allowing bass to gently simmer continuously for long periods, adding to tension. While surrounds are used sparingly but effectively, the front soundstage offers numerous discrete effects. The kind of attention given to creating an eerie jet's silence in-flight, creates a terrific, gripping atmosphere as well.
The great commentary and "most" of the featurettes found on the dvd have been carried over here.