Plane Movie Review and Movie Summary (2023)

Things are looking up for “Plane” as it prepares for a big crash. Our main hero – Fly – is struck by lightning in a large wave of brutal weather, knocking out its power and dooming it to a crash landing. With more of an “I can’t believe this bad service” feeling, the 14 passengers on board gradually start freaking out; things get even trickier when someone thinks they can outsmart seat belts. The sequence is cut with a punchy, glad-you-aren’t-there intensity, and a few illustrative stunts – nasty stuff involving head and neck trauma – make a firm point of not testing gravity. Butler’s pilot Brodie Torrance, who started the flight with some Southwest Airlines-grade jokes over the intercom, performs some macho maneuvers and gets his co-pilot Samuel (Yoson An) clock out the ten minutes they have before they eventually crash land on a remote island in the Philippines.

During this tumultuous descent, it’s very strange when “Plane” shows a close-up of a text message, but not long enough for us to read whatever it says. But it’s more of a hint that no characters have any important point in this story, except, perhaps, for a captured fugitive named Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter), who is handcuffed to an officer at the back of the plane. His history of committing murders later comes in handy when the plane lands in progressively hostile territory. Brodie, with his history in the RAF and a gun secretly in his pants, takes him along the mysterious terrain to find help. Butler and Colter continue to fend off obvious villains, with little chemistry between them in the process.

Everything changes for them when a bad guy sneaks up from behind and tries to kill Brodie after making a communication breakthrough in a shady warehouse (bullets on the floor, not a good sign). The altercation that ensues is impressive, with the camera mostly sticking to Butler’s face as he grapples with this bigger guy in tight quarters. But nothing is as exciting or long-lasting from here, even as Richet tries to heighten the danger with ruthless militiamen who roll up and kidnap Brodie’s passengers and crew. “Plane” rushes through its emotional and explosive beats, allowing it to get to the next crisis without having to fill in the previous one, wildly skimming the good in the process. Hostage situations are quickly fixed, boring gunfights are executed as if they were shot on different days, and even Colter’s stiff, silent killer has only his silence to make his stiffness extremely interesting, as he doesn’t get much of an arc despite the ominous promise at the beginning. It’s just a bunch of action moviemaking mush, presenting the jungle terrain with a color hue that matches the damp sweat on Butler’s t-shirt.

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