Flight of the Phoenix (Widescreen Edition) (2004)
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Miranda Otto also does a fine job as Kelly, the oil-rig operator; and it's nice to see that there is no big deal made about the fact that she is a woman. Neither does the movie throw in a romance between her and any of the other characters-- she is simply another one of the "guys".
Inevitably you will want to compare this to the old Jimmy Stewart movie or the book upon which it is based. Don't, because if you do, it will inevitably fall short in the comparison. However, taken on its own, the plane crash is scary, the tension is high, and except for a stupid subplot involving bandits, it is fun to watch.
The storyline is very simple: A ragtag bunch of characters on a cargo plane crash-landed somewhere in the Gobi Desert. They worked together, led (or misled?) by an eccentric character, Elliot (played menacingly by Giovanni Ribisi), who had only some experience with model air plane design, to rebuild the plane from the wreckage & then to fly back to civilisation.
In a nut shell, it is essentially a movie about the triumph of the indomitable human spirit. What I like about this movie is watching the ragtag bunch of diverse characters eventually working together & using their sheer ingenuity & imagination to rebuild the plane, in spite of extremely hostile conditions - no contact with the outside world, brutal environment (scorching sun & scathing sandstorms), dwindling resources & attack by desert marauders. The dialogue is very witty...sometimes funny...coupled by a spectacular crash sequence, which has been seemingly extended for viewers' enjoyment.
This movie also brought back some sweet memories of my trip across the southern end of the Gobi Desert about a decade ago. At that time, I was trying to retrace the journey of Marco Polo along the Silk Road. I rode on a camel as well as on four-wheels across some short stretches. The view of the sand dunes was magnificent & enchanting, but I could sense the harsh reality of the environment. [This movie was actually filmed on location in Namibia, Africa.]
Only one aspect of the movie really puzzles me. As a Chinese, I noted that the desert marauders apparently spoke Cantonese.Read more ›
Miranda Otto looks completely different than she did in the final two films of the LORD OF THE RINGS tragedy. She plays Kelly, a tough as nails oil driller and physically she looks a lot like Evangeline Lilly who plays "Kate" on ABC's LOST. Everyone around me sitting in the theater was commenting on how much this film resembles LOST. Frank and Kelly are just like Jack and Kate in LOST, there's a quasi-Sayed guy who spouts a lot of mystic Kahil Gibran philosophy, a chubby guy sort of like Hurley, and strange monstrous creatures out there who are using the castaways as target practice.Read more ›
Actors / director failed to show the sense of total exhaustion and desperation we saw in the original. I found it ridiculous that the one female character always seemed to be in perfect makeup except for a few dirty smudges and some dirty clothes. This ensemble struck me as being on a family vacation in Vegas, not dying of thirst and starvation in the Gobi. Oh by the way, where did the bandits find water for their horses? Camels I understand, they're desert animals, horses are not!
But the ending was a total joke!!!!! All you see is the plane flying off into the sunset and -- if you watched very carefully -- you'd see a poor CGI rendition of what's was supposed to be some sort of structure, maybe another oil rig. Missing is the final scene showing our motley crew straggling up over a sand dune and tumbling into a pool of water -- they landed at an oasis. Instead, they put up this silly montage scene showing happily-ever-after future snapshots of our characters pursuing their life dreams. Ugh, cheesy!!
I think these guys ran out of money & couldn't afford to shoot the proper final oasis scene.Read more ›
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Awesome special effects in the beginning of the movie, which is why I rated it with 3 stars. The relationships between the characters are not well developed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Richard Aron
Good remake of old movie that was a good movie, too. Happy ending. ;-)Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The movie is great. But Amazon failed to download the entire film and you can't watch the last 26 minutes. This was very disappointingPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of those throwback movies from early modern America That gives you a sense of adventure and imagination.Published 3 months ago by Joseph
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