Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Director: John Moore

Writer: Scott Frank

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Miranda Otto, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Curran, Sticky Fingaz, Jacob Vargas, Hugh Laurie


Story When an oilrig in the middle of the Mongolian dessert closes Pilot Frank Towns (Quaid) and co-pilot A.J (Gibson) most fly the team home. The team is lead by Kelly (Otto) and is being closed by cooperative man Ian (Laurie). Along with the team mysterious Elliot (Ribisi) join them on their flight.


As the flight is going on they come across a storm refusing to turn back Frank tries to go over and around it only for the place to go down in the middle of the dessert. With limited supplies and no radio they have to hope for rescue. Elliott comes up with the idea to build a plane from the remains of the old one.


Can they make the plane before the supplies run out? Can they avoid the ruthless dessert smugglers?


Verdict This action adventure has one the best action sequences with the plane crash. It is gripping from start the finish like most of the best survival movies. Yes it is a remake but it can easily stand alone and not be bracketed as a poor remake. All the characters have their own strong points and flaws which all get shown as the story develops. Any fan of a gripping movie will enjoy this movie.

Story Mark 9/10 Strong story about grouping together to survive.

Action Mark 9/10 The action sequences are all very gripping

Star Performances Giovanni Ribisi as Elliott mysterious portrayed perfectly.

Favourite Character Elliott has all the best lines and scenes.

Best Part After a smuggler is nearly the group argues about whether to help him only for Elliott to grab and gun and shot him.

Worst Part-Letting people compare it to the original

Best Quote Elliott (to Frank) ‘The design is perfect, the only flaw is that we have to rely on you to fly it.’


My Rating 88%

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