Flight of the Phoenix

  • Review Date: February 27, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Exciting (but intense) adventure for older kids.
  • Review Date: February 27, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Intense peril and violence, including plane crash and gunfire, characters killed.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and violence, including a very vivid plane crash, gunfire, and explosions. There are graphic images of wounded and dead characters. The movie includes some strong language (many uses of the "s--t") and smoking. A strength of the movie is the portrayal diverse characters who are strong, brave, loyal, and committed and who work well together.

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What's the story?

In FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid) and A.J. (Tyrese Gibson) are pilots sent to pick up the staff and equipment from an oil rig that is being shut down. Passengers include deal-maker Ian (Hugh Laurie), boss Kelly (Miranda Otto), and her crew. And there is Elliott (Giovanni Ribisi), a mysterious man who predicts that the plane will crash because it is carrying too much weight. Elliott's calm diagnosis is in sharp contrast to the crash, with swirling sand and wind so strong that it rips the propeller off and slices into the body of the plane like a buzz saw. Burial of the fatalities is dispatched quickly in the Mongolian desert, as are any chance of finding help and the prospect of the company trying to find them. All that's left is Elliott's idea to use the parts of the plane to build a new aircraft. Towns thinks it is impossible. The odds are slim that they will be found, but he wants to maximize them by conserving food and water for as long as they can. But one of the crew persuades him that even with faster consumption, they should try to build the plane. Can they work together? Can Elliott's design fly? Will they get out before the nomads come after them?

Is it any good?

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This trim little adventure saga about the survivors of a plane crash doesn't waste any time assigning heartwarming characteristics or backstories to each member of the group; we barely learn most of their names. This is not a movie about redemption or a tender love story. This is a movie that gets your heart pounding the old-fashioned way -- it is just plain exciting. The plane crash scene is It is an extraordinary bit of film-making.

Phoenix holds our attention with appealing and sincere performances. Quaid is especially magnetic and he is well supported by Gibson, Jacob Vargas as Sammi the cook, Tony Curran as Rodney and Kirk Jones (rapper Sticky Fingaz) as Jeremy. The pacing is brisk and energetic and it has enough spirit to follow the unavoidable pep talk about hopes and dreams with Towns saying, "I'd do anything to avoid another hopes and dreams speech."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what you can learn from the different ways that people respond to stress. How many different ways do you see in this movie? Who blames other people? Who works to solve the problem? Why does Elliott want people to say "please?" What was the right thing to do with the injured nomad? Do you agree with the statement about the difference between religion and belief?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 17, 2004
DVD release date:March 1, 2005
Cast:Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Hugh Laurie
Director:John Moore
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some language, action and violence

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Adult Written byn8chiro April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written byTarkea April 9, 2008
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Not too bad

This not the same as the original and not as good but Dennis Quaid plays his part well. There were no women in the original but Amanda Otto did not detract from it at all. In fact that was part of the reason we went to see it. There is not much violence in it and hardly any swearing which is music to my ears. So, all in all it is a very entertaining movie.
Adult Written byalexo21 April 9, 2008
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Couldn't have been much better

I think this movie could've been for kids (just a bit of violence and lots of argueing). My little bro who's 11 loved this movie. Super exciting, suspensfull... I love the plot. And even though the whole story happens in one same spot it never got dull. I like the characters. The movie couldn't have been much more entertaining

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