Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

An action-adventure in which a group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope id doing the “impossible”: building a new plane from the wreckage.

This is a remake of the 1965 Jimmy Stewart film staring Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi and Miranda Otto and is directed by John Moore. Its quite a good remake as well, but very close to an exact copy. There are plenty of thrills and nail biting moments as the film progresses, especially the crash itself which is extremely well done, with the plane spiraling down through the storm and you feel every thump as it hits dune after dune.

You are going to have to ignore the slight errors in continuity here and there, like the wide aerial shots showing the plane deep in an area of sand dunes then later on shots of them on hard rocky ground. There are also some truly stupid things like them resting in the blazing sun after working hard all day, and the director chooses to ignore completely many of the practical aspects of how nearly impossible feats were pulled off. But these things are easy enough to cope with as the plot neatly pops up new problems for the stranded survivors, including the very timely arrival of a band of nomad smugglers to add a little spice.

There’s no chance whatsoever that you will struggle to guess what’s going to happen next at any point in the film, well it is advertised as an action-adventure so that’s no surprise, they don’t expect anyone to have to think whilst watching it. Its still a good yarn though, with plenty of suspense and characters you can love to hate or just plain hate in the case of Elliott played by Giovanni Ribisi.

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