“Let me tell you a story. A rabbi and a priest attend a boxing match. They watch as the boxers come into the ring. The rabbi sees one of the boxers cross himself. So the rabbi turns to the priest and asks, “What does that mean?” The priest says, “Not a damn thing if the man can’t fight.”‘ – Rady
Number of Times Seen – twice (3 May 2006 and 19 Jul 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A cargo plane on a routine flight across the Gobi desert crash lands and the survivors must try and find a way to survive the natural and physical dangers of the area that they are stranded in
My Take on it – As many of you already are aware, I’m not the biggest fan of movie remakes and this is another prime example of a remake that probably never should have made since it doesn’t manage to add much to the original storyline besides some added technological ideas that weren’t possible when the original was made.
The cast is ok and Dennis Quiad, (who is among my favorite actors) is great here yet he he doesn’t manage to bring a kind of onscreen presence that James Stewart was able to have in the same role nearly 4 decades earlier.
The story itself meanders along while following too close to the ideas presented in the original version without giving us anything new or unique that would make this much better.
Yes, there are a few tweaks done to the story that involve more modern technology but none change things significantly.
The attempt to make this film feel more PC by adding minority characters and a female character fail to also help make the story more impactful and in most ways this film remains inferior to the original.
There are a few scenes that work well here in order to make it feel more modern but overall, one should stick to the original version of this film in order to get a better idea of how this kind of story and scenario should be played out properly.
Bottom Line – Mediocre remake that probably never should have been made. Quaid is always great but he doesn’t manage to bring the same kind of onscreen presence as Stewart managed with the same character. The story meanders along following too closely in its predecessors footsteps which takes away from it giving us anything unique besides updating the technology. The attempt to make this film more diverse by adding minorities and a female character doesn’t really help at all and it still seems inferior to the original in so many ways. There are a few fun scenes that have been added to this modern adaptation that work slightly better than the original, but they are few and far between.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Like James Stewart, who played Frank Towns in the 1965 version of “Flight of the Phoenix”, Dennis Quaid is an experienced pilot. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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