FRIDAY REVIEW

Transatlantic adventure

RACY: `Flightplan'  

Flightplan

Genre: Suspense Thriller Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean and Marlene Lawston Storyline: Recently widowed Kyle, returning to the U.S. with her husband's body, loses her six-year-old daughter on the flight... or does she? Bottomline: A tale with a twist, and yet simple enough to relax and enjoy the ride.

Although you wouldn't want to be caught in the same aisles as Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) who's like a bulldog that's been denied cake, her psychotic theories, sudden dashes through the plane and politically incorrect attacks on co-passengers make ``Flightplan" a racy view.

Kyle, who designs aircrafts and therefore knows the flight plan like her bedroom, boards a plane with daughter Julia (Marlene Lawston) and her one-arm teddybear. But when she wakes up midair, she can't find Julia although Mr. Bear is still in his seat. And get this - the crew says that there was no Julia to begin with!

There's something about Foster that makes you think she's done this before, playing the protective mother to a lost child although research shows that the last film where she had a daughter in tow was ``Panic Room."

She makes being cooped up on a transatlantic flight look so cool; no swollen feet for this one because she spends her time running up and down the aisle, harassing flight attendants, being handcuffed and hoisting her way up through various holds. She even makes it down to the luggage hold and has a mini chat with her dead husband.

The twist in this story is simple enough, but it's worthy of a M. Night Shyamalan movie as it keeps you confused for most of the screen time.

If the story was narrated to you, you'd probably guess how it ends so there's something to say about Robert Schwentke's direction.

There is a political message that is almost mandatory fare in these action flicks though it's irritating more than illuminating.

Pratt picks on the Arabs in the flight and starts pummelling one, accusing him of doing dirty things to her daughter. He gets back at her later but in the end, he's the one who makes an apologetic gesture to her even though her sin towards him was greater.

And he's still made to fit into the stereotype of a kinky Arab, shut up in a hotel room, doing dubious things.

SUSAN MUTHALALY