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A tense drama thats rather unbelievable
The Flight Of The Phoenix (2004) (DVD)
Member Name: IzzyS
The Flight Of The Phoenix (2004) (DVD)
Advantages: Characters, soundtrack, tense and entertaining
Disadvantages: Doesn't seem very feasible
- Story -
This movie is a remake of the 1965 movie of the same name and as such, the story is pretty much identical. For those who haven't seen or heard of it, basically a group of Americans take flight from the middle of the Mongolian desert, having been ordered to come home after an oil field is shut down. However, a storm brews not far from the airport and the airplane ends up crashing in the middle of the desert. They fear the worst, with an estimated 5% chance of any rescue party discovering them. A few days after the crash, one of them suddenly proclaims that they can be saved, that he's calculated it'd be possible to fix the plane so that they can fly out of the desert and on to safety - however, this would, obviously, take alot of work and they only have so much water, plus with few resources available given their precarious location, is this really feasible? can they possibly escape the desert before the ruthless nomads discover and try to put an end to them? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- More info., Thoughts & Opinions -
This is a tense drama, with an interesting variety of characters, including a Scottish and an English one. There's a plot twist uncovered towards the end of the movie which really puts a new spin on the story, putting alot into question. There are some pretty good landscape shots/cinematography present, again mainly but not entirely at the end. This movie is a bit like the TV show Lost or the novel Lord of the Flies, with conflicts arising between different characters who decide to label themselves as 'top dog' and with the action of others potentially endangering the whole group. There's definitely a conflict of personality, some characters seeming to be happy to pitch in and others much less so.
As a movie, I was quite impressed with it as I hadn't expected much from it to be totally honest, it seemed to me to be a pretty bog standard action/drama movie but I felt quite engrossed by the story and seeing what happened with the threat of nomads sabotaging their only real hope to get to safety.
As much as this is a tense movie, there are some lighter scenes, with some funny dialogue inbetween. I felt that overall this was quite a good movie, though not without its flaws, such as the fact that it seemed a bit unlikely that they'd happen to have everything needed to attempt to re-build the plane and that someone knew (or claimed) to know enough expertise to guide them to do that. Also the ending, well I don't want to give it away too much as it'd be wrong to say that everyone lived happily after but equally, it was perhaps a bit too Hollywood, particularly the way it was driven home via the credits. The story isn't as simple as you may think but the ending will (or has) probably divide opinion, I think its fair to say.
I thought that the performances were all good and I also specifically noticed the soundtrack in this movie, with one or two songs really adding to the tension as they played during certain scenes. In that sense, its quite a well thought out movie. As mentioned earlier, this is a remake of the 1965 movie of the same name. From what I've read/heard, there's very little in way of differences between the two movies except the characters names and actors involved, of course. Having seen the movie posters for both, its eery how similar two of the characters in this remake (Frank Towns played by Dennis Quaid and Elliott played by Giovanni Ribisi) look compared to the characters in the original movie (again Frank Towns played by James Stewart and Lew Moran played by Richard Attenborough) - maybe thats just me though(?).
- Would I Recommend It? -
Yes, I'd recommend this movie as it turned out to be better than I'd first expected. The story doesn't drag too much, the variety of characters are good, its quite tense and thrilling in places, although I couldn't help but question how believable it was that they had all the right equipment/resources to make the new airplane - for instance the rigging and so on...thus the plot is slightly flawed but otherwise as an entertaining movie, its worth a watch in my opinion.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks for all rates and comments. This review was originally posted on Ciao UK.
Summary: A remake of the 1965s movie - features a good cast, its quite tense but isn't very believable!