Flight of the Phoenix

Thursday, March 10th 2005

Product Image: Flight of the Phoenix (Widescreen Edition) (2004)
My rating: 4 out of 5

I finally got around to watching the 2004 version of Flight of the Phoenix tonight. I watched the original version a couple months back, and the comparisons are interesting.

The new matches the old in just about all of the major plot points. The nomads are handled a little differently, but really only to add in a couple of action scenes that the original did just fine without.

My sole major criticism is really about the addition of a female cast member. Miranda Otto’s character seems to be present only to give a half-realized romantic interest for Dennis Quaid. The original FOTP was not a romance. Modern movies try to toss in a random romantic element far too often.

Good solid entertainment, with some capable human drama. I would have given the movie three stars. However, the random desert Chinese motorcycle gang seen in the trailer does not appear in the film. That editing choice alone deserves an extra star.

10. March 2005 by Chad Haefele
Categories: General, Reviews | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. I saw the movie as well; I give it the same rating, however, I would like to say that a chinese motorcycle gang would have tickled my fancy…or something like that. In other movie news, have you seen Constantine? Being a comic book buff and all, I would like to hear your reaction to the film. I have no idea about what the comic book was like, but I was surprisingly surprised by the film. Keanu “wyld stalion” Reeves and his lack of acting skill was actually a great cast for the anti-hero character. Let me know what you think…
    P.S. yahoo for bananas and yahoo for you

  2. Haven’t seen Constantine actually. I hear its based on the best of his comics, which is something like 200 issues overall now. It’s another on my eternal ‘to watch’ list.

    P.S. Use the same name each time you comment so I don’t have to approve every one separately. I’m lazy like that. 🙂

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