Flight of the Phoenix (2004)


Critic Consensus: What this update lacks in tension, it makes up for with generic action.


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A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the "impossible"--building a new plane from the wreckage.

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In the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.

Dec 23, 2004 | Full Review…

By film's end the adventure appears less a matter of base survival than a beach barbecue gone slightly sour.

Dec 21, 2004 | Full Review…

The wonderful character actors in the original ... are succeeded by a fairly anonymous bunch.

Dec 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Other than Dennis Quaid, none of these characters leaves so much as a footprint in the sand. We don't know them. We don't care about them.

Dec 20, 2004

This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest.

Dec 17, 2004 | Full Review…

This time out, there's not much out there to look at besides sand, and even it doesn't look real.

Dec 17, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flight of the Phoenix

John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix makes the most of a plane in a desert. Running a solid hour forty five, which is a tad lengthy, the story manages a good level of amusement considering most of the film takes place in a single setting; the desert. While the inside of a plane and lots and lots of sand make huge appearances on screen, it's the variety of characters, along with a moderate level of suspense, that help to offset the stale backdrop. Classified as a dramatic action adventure, the action is the most limited piece of that trio. Not a problem, as the plot details do not require a plethora of unnecessary action sequences. The cast of characters make for a satisfying conclusion. Dennis Quaid manages to carry the film, while Miranda Otto stands out as the lone female. Giovanni Ribisi dishes out the most memorable performance of the picture. Flight of the Phoenix has nothing extraordinary, but as a whole it is an easily recommendable sand-filled viewing piece.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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27/12/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .
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Now I have never seen the original film starring legend Jimmy Stewart so I can't compare the two films. But I do plan to see it eventually. This remake like all the others is probably not as great as the original. But that doesn't mean that this film is bad. I was quite entertained by this film, and I very much enjoyed it. I think it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Sure there are things that could've been better, but for the most part; this film manages to be entertaining and thrilling But like everyone else I thought a few things were missing to make this film truly something awesome. I really enjoyed the film I was greatly entertained by it, and I don't understand why people have condemned it so. I mean the film is not that bad. There are far worse films out there than this one. But I agree that at times the film struggles to find it's identity and that some characters are pointless. But really Flight Of The Phoenix is an impressive remake given the chance. If you're in the mood for a mindless, entertaining film, then this one is the one that you should watch. After watching this film, I can only imagine how the original film is, and I will most definitely see it. As far as remakes are concerned, this is a fairly good one and doesn't deserve to be construed as the worst remake ever made. The film has its flaws, but manages to be entertaining.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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This was a well planned out film! But they could have added a little more spice to it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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