Jodie Foster film attacks/insults the heroes of real life
One of the problems with the movie is that it pulls a dirty trick in which it insults the stewardesses of those flights, by turning one here into a villianess. And another one, and the one that certainly gives away the filmmaker's bias here, is how it portrays even a lot of the other flight workers as stone cold, as explained in the following:
Throughout "Flight Plan," we are given hints--very strong hints--that four Muslim Arabs are the terrorists on the plane. But in the end--breaking a cardinal rule of thrillers--the hints have no pay-off.
Instead, the terrorists are the flight's air marshal and a flight attendant.
That is an outrage for a number of reasons. Two of those reasons are Betty Ong and Madeleine Amy Sweeney. Both were among the many flight attendants who gave their lives on 9/11.
They weren't terrorists. They were American heroes. Instead of calling their families to say good-bye, they contacted ground crews and identified the hijackers. It was because of them that authorities were able to identify Mohammad Atta and his 18 thugs as Al Qaeda.
Other flight attendants were brutally murdered by the hijackers, who slit their throats.
And now Jodie Foster and Charles J. D. Schlissel have the chutzpah to portray these low-paid workers as terrorists?!
The flight attendant terrorist in this film is a conspirator in the murder of a passenger's (Jodie Foster's) husband; tries to murder the passenger and beats her with a large flashlight; helps kidnap the passenger's daughter and lace the plane withexplosives; commits fraud with the passenger manifest; and steals the passenger's daughter's boarding pass.It most certainly will make me feel sorry for the marshals for the smear tactics movies like these conduct against them. This also reeks of some bad movie/TV plots I occasionally saw in years past where police officials are shown as being corrupt and on-the-take. In their inability to take any bold steps, this is what H'wood tragically does. And let's not let them fool us with the classic argument "it's only entertainment." Because entertainment does not come through discrimination and stereotypes.
Flight attendants who are not terrorists are also portrayed harshly in this film. They are arrogant, cold and uncaring, and lazy. When Foster's daughter disappears, they are rude, don't seem to care, and resent having to look for the daughter. Two of them, who are supposed to be in a frantic search for the daughter in the plane's hull, are making out there, instead.
Then, there are the Federal Air Marshals. This movie is a huge blow to their image, especially.
Is it more likely that a dedicated, patriotic American--who goes through a lot of federal training to serve his/her country and get security to carry a gun on board--would be a terrorist hijacker . . . or four suspicious-looking, strange-acting Arab Muslims?
"Flight Plan" wants you to think the former.
The Federal Air Marshal in this movie (played by Peter Sarsgaard) kills a passenger's (Jodie Foster) husband in Germany so he can smuggle explosives onto the flight in the dead man's coffin; laces the plane with explosives; kidnaps the passenger's daughter; hides her in the nose of the plane; steals the daughter's boarding pass and commits fraud with the plane's passenger manifest (with the flight attendant); demands $50 million; and tries to kill the passenger and her daughter.
Does this sound like a plot that will command respect for Federal Air Marshals on board your next flight? Didn't think so.
Then, there's the predictable attempt to present Arabs/Muslims as courteous:
Then there are "Flight Plan's" suspicious Arab Muslim passengers. Schlissel and his production crew want you to question your suspicions of Arab Muslims, to think you are unfair and prejudiced.I wouldn't be surprised if they'd even been told in advance by the filmmakers about it, in hopes of winning CAIR and MPAC's favor and "friendship."
That is the real message of this movie.
Schlissel picks four of the most fearsome looking actors (one of them is, in real life, Assaf Cohen, a Sephardic Jew--you know, the Jews who were kicked out of the Arab and Muslim countries they once called home). We know they are Muslim because when they depart the plane, the women accompanying them are wearing hijabs (head-scarves).
Each one of these Arab Muslim passengers looks more like Mohammed Atta than the next. And they were cast that way on purpose. Ditto for the knowing looks between them that imply they are about the hijack the plane--all done to that "evil villain" music scored in the background.
In the end, when they are innocent, and we--the evil viewers, for suspecting them--must feel guilty for wrongfully indicting them in our minds. In fact, the main Muslim Arab is so nice he even hands Jodie Foster her purse after the whole ordeal--in which she falsely accused him of being a terrorist--is over. Whatta guy. How touching.
This is the latest in a series of Hollywood releases where the terrorists are neither Muslim nor Arab. We can't have that--because it might actually resemble reality.
Easy prediction: "Flight Plan" will score accolades and image awards from Islamist groups like CAIR and MPAC.
One thing that's for sure: I won't be wasting my money on this movie.
The Washington Times also discusses what Schlussel pointed out about Foster's crummy little rustpot, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants also spoke about it. As they say, a boycott of this movie would be a very good idea.
Also available at Basil's Blog, Jo's Cafe, Bright and Early, Cafe Oregano, Outside the Beltway. Others on the subject include: La Shawn Barber, Jihad Watch, Right We Are, Ed Driscoll, Harkonnendog, Right as Usual, View from the Nest, The Gray Tie.