Friday, April 22, 2005

Flight of the Phoenix

Sue and I watched “Flight of the Phoenix” last night. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Giovanni Ribisi. There are no memorable performances – even with a character with as much potential to shine as Ribisi’s “Elliot.” This movie is a remake of a 1965 version of the film.

I’ve never seen the ’65 version, but I’d be willing to wager that the special effects of the 2004 version were much better, but the acting probably wasn’t. The ’65 version included: Jimmy Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine, and George Kennedy.

Overall, the film deserves about a 6 on a scale of 10. It keeps your attention and is entertaining, but it not even close to believable. It is also quite predictable to the point of being trite.

Least favorite moment in the movie (for me)… when Rady responds to a surprised Sammi who says, “I thought you weren’t religious,” to which Rady replies “Religion divides; spirituality unites.” How very post-modern and chic.

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