Flight of the Phoenix

2006-03-30 12:57


When cargo plane pilot Frank Towns and co-pilot AJ are sent to the Tan sag Basin in Mongolia to evacuate the staff of an oil exploration operation, they assume they are on another routine operation.

But shortly after take-off the plane encounters a massive sand storm that rips off its antenna and destroys its left engine, forcing them to crash land in the middle the foreboding Gobi Desert - in the middle of summer.

The plane is damaged beyond repair, and the surviving eleven passengers and crew are stranded with little food and water. When an eccentric survivor named Elliott suggests that they build a new plane from the undamaged components of the wrecked C-119 cargo plane, the others dismiss the idea as madness.

But as their numbers dwindle and all chance of being rescued fades, they realize that Elliott's plan is their only chance. Their only way out is up.

What the critics are saying:

"It lacks a real sense of urgency, but there's enough turbulence among the survivors to keep things interesting and the underrated Dennis Quaid quietly sizzles in the starring role."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi Film

"...it didn't have surprises or suspense for me, and the actors on their own aren't enough to save it. I'm not recommending it for those who know the original, but it might work nicely enough for those who have not."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A moth-eaten stranded-in- the-desert yarn so manipulative that the involuntary jolts of adrenaline it produces make you feel like a fool."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

A reasonably entertaining remake of the classic 1965 film that should appeal to anyone in search of an uncomplicated survival-at-all-costs adventure film. However fans of the original are advised to steer clear or risk disappointment.

Owen 2005/03/22 9:40 AM
Dont read reviews... I entirely disagree with the Mweb reviewers comments on Flight of the Phoenix.. As an "aviation mal" fan of the original movie as well as the book by Elleston Trevor, I must say that this movie loses nothing of the original. In fact, newer moviemaking techniques enhance it. This movie is a must if you are aviation nutz !!!
Graeme Page 2006/09/02 8:14 PM
Graeme's review The movie was alright .I thought it was very unrealistic though buliding a plane from the remains etc .Overall not great it was average
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