Plane is an action thriller directed by Jean-François Richet from a screenplay by Charles Cumming and J. P. Davis. The plot centers around a pilot (Butler) allying with a prisoner (Colter) to save his passengers from a hostile territory they landed in during an emergency landing. Knowing Gerard Butler, I figured I could bet on this being an exciting movie with a pretty decent plot. I was right, the movie was both exciting and good!
Commercial pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler), a former RAF pilot, flies Trailblazer Airlines Flight 119 from Singapore to Honolulu via Tokyo. After his plane suffers damage due to a severe storm in the South China Sea, Brodie is forced to land his plane, on what turns out to be Jolo Island, located in the Philippines where a violent gang of rebels is in control. Still on board when they forced landed due to turbulence during the storm, was the body of a flight attendant and a U.S. marshal who was accompanying a fugitive homicide suspect named Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter). There were 14 other passengers, including the super-smart and eager co-pilot Samuel Dele (Yoson An).
Plane is action-packed with a decent plot. It’s exciting to see how these passengers escape their extremely hostile environment. The story was mostly believable but cast some doubt about airlines that ignore the weather to make a buck. There’s plenty of violence with a touch of humor. The rebels were downright evil with no empathy for anyone, not even their own people. The leader Datu Junmar (Evan Dane Taylor), who is a local warlord and terrorist were as scary as they come, however, I found the movie enjoyable and well-acted. Additionally, the massive muscles of Gerard and Mike are a site to behold. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes lots of action. Plane is currently shown in theaters — Check It Out!
As of January 25, 2023, Plane has grossed $21.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $4.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $25.6 million. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 76% of 134 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.0/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Plane charts a standard action-adventure course with its cruising altitude just a few miles above Direct-to-Video – but with Gerard Butler in the cockpit, thriller enthusiasts may still find this a fairly fun flight.”