Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jodie Suffers Splendidly

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jodie Suffers Splendidly

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Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

FLIGHTPLAN Cert 12A, 98 mins (2/5)

JODIE Foster suffers splendidly on film and this aerial thriller would be nothing much without her.

It has so many doubtful pieces of logic that its ambition to be a Hitchcockian mystery on board a huge, state-of-the-art airliner is almost laughable. Yet you watch because at the centre of it is our Jodie.

She plays Kyle, a woman who has just lost her husband and is transporting his coffin and her young daughter across the Atlantic from Germany for the burial. We see them board the plane together and then the child mysteriously disappears. But not before the two watch the coffin being placed on the plane and the little girl draws a heart on the misty window (no doubt a direct reference to Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes). But, alas, there is no Basil Radford or Naunton Wayne to entertain us during the journey.

Instead, a search is started by the crew and, remarkably, no one can actually remember the girl sitting in her seat, so it's called off. …

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