Plane (2023)

Director: Jean-François Richet

Running Time: 107 Minutes

Certification: 15

Starring: Gerard Butler, Mike Colter, Tony Goldwyn, Yoson An, Evan Dane Taylor, Daniella Pineda, Paul Ben-Victor

Opening with pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) rushing through security while on the phone, director Jean-François Richet wastes no time in establishing the situation. Brodie intends to spend the new year with his daughter once he lands his plane carrying fourteen passengers, including convicted murderer Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter) who is being transported by the FBI.

A suggested shortcut leads to the plane flying on top of a storm, where it becomes severely damaged after lightning strikes. The clock ticks down as the pilots race to make an emergency landing, forced to touch down on an island in the Philippines. With their location unknown and communications not working, Brodie decides to take Gaspare with him to find help. They soon discover the island is controlled by rebels who take the passengers hostage, forcing the two men to mount a rescue.

Screenwriters Charles Cumming and J.P. Davis work with a nuts and bolts premise that's as straightforward as the film's title, delivering few surprises as it hits the expected beats, regardless of how dumb it is. This is best exemplified in how Brodie rapidly fixes a previously broken phone, discovered in a rundown building, so he can speak with daughter again.

It's no surprise that Butler's character has a history which involves a proficiency in violence, which is part of the film surrounding two sweaty leads enacting decent action to save the passengers. Butler and Colter deliver charismatic turns in their roles, as they grapple with bland antagonists who exist to fulfil the borderline xenophobic "scary natives" role. It makes up a film which delivers the action rather well, even if the brains feel lacking.

Plane is available on Premium Digital now from Lionsgate