One thing I’m going to say right off the bat is I’m not a fan of Gerard Butler’s last handful of performances or movies, there’s definitely audience out there for them however I’m not one of them. Having that said Plane really surprised me not only is this Butler’s best performance in awhile but the film itself is very competently made.
Plane has a simple set up for an action thriller a plane crashes on a island that’s very war torn and the pilot has to protect the passengers, what separates this one from the other movies is mainly a lot of the technical elements. The film itself actually looks really neat, the use of the location plays a lot here especially combined with the atmosphere that really adds to the film especially during the action scenes. The acting all around is pretty great as well, there isn’t any groundbreaking performances but there really doesn’t need to be.
The first 20 or so minutes are a bit on the rough side, the writing is very noticeably weaker there than it is in the rest of the movie. But once the movie gets going it gets to it really nicely, the direction from Jean François Richet is also pretty solid as well, he mixes dramatic moments and thrilling moments very well to the point where it’s quite entertaining.
Overall Plane might not be anything new but I absolutely give it credit where credit is due, it was a blast of fun and a decent little action thriller.
Plane is available on all VOD platforms.