Movie Review | Plane (2023)

Gerard Butler at the center as Capt. Torrance

 The Plane movie synopsis:

In the white-knuckle action movie PLANE, pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island - only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning. When most of the passengers are taken hostage by dangerous rebels, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter), an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI. In order to rescue the passengers, Torrance will need Gaspare’s help, and will learn there’s more to Gaspare than meets the eye.

This movie has received a negative impact to one Senator in the Philippines saying that it has gotten the country into a bad light. As one of the southernmost islands of the country has been involved as one of the scenes in the movie. It has been personified like the real situation but the story is really fictional.

To understand better where the good Senator has gotten irate,  to watch it makes it a better ground to make a say.

This is not being a spoiler but the story goes like a pilot's responsibility over a plane and its passengers whenever it goes and not yet on their final destination. However, there are cases of force majeure or acts of god that may happen to an aircraft anywhere in the globe. In this fictional movie, it has arrived to the shores of the southernmost island wherein there are history of atrocities by bandits. True enough, a patriotic individual will react to it because the situation is not like that at all! Yet, going back to the movie, it is a fictional movie. The airline company is not even existing to my knowledge.
Capt. Torrance desperate to communicate

So, what happened? With the natural occurrences, there is emergency situation in a remote island. In times of emergency, everyone will really be so emotional and the only thing in mind will be survival. Survival in an area where many are clueless of... That is a natural inclination. Then, the captain of the aircraft takes responsibility of everybody since they are not yet in their destination. With challenges in communication, GPS and a lot more technical stuff, any signs of help are welcomed - it's just that not all are the good people around.
Challenges of the story

It is also a natural inclination to protect the people (in this case the passengers) to fight back. Hence, there are scenes of gunfire towards the bandits. Yes, no government force were in the scenario, it may be because as the scenario suggests, it is part of a remote island and communication has been disrupted. Hence, the captain is on his own contacting his mother company. Efforts were made and too fictional that rescue were able to arrive from the mother company not even lasting a day... The crisis has not even lasted a night...

Just like any other movies, there is a better situation ahead. The crisis ended with the aircraft escaping from the remote island on the same road it landed but not really an aircraft runway. Yet the aircraft has faced several gunshots too affecting some of its functions and will allow to fly only at lower altitude and hopefully to a better place. It did!

So there, it's not the whole of the movie but it was a great emergency scenario of pilots going towards pacific islands wherein weather conditions are challenging, geographical locations are not much known, etc... etc... However, this movie has also shed a good light of the Sulu Archipelago (part of the Philippines) that there is really a lot of potential tourism activity. It has shown white sand beaches!!! In fact, that's a fact! Many of those beaches are not much visited because of the bad imagery put in the islands even not from the movie. The scenario in the islands now is better compare to decades ago. Tourism activities will really be enjoyed and it is much safe now. During the production of this movie, it has even made an economic activity to the people. Who knows, more activities will be done to make the area known and be more progressive! Well, for me, that's the beauty of making a place a movie plot. It will open to more opportunities. There may be ironies shown in the movie, but it surely will create opportunities. I just hope that the Senator will see that angle of the movie as a former movie actor himself.

For me, as a nurse, living in Mindanao, the Plane movie is not putting the country in a bad light. It is creating a story of an emergency situation involving pilots and staff. Such scenes are not simple and very challenging knowing that passengers also have different background and personalities. The captain has enacted his role to fulfill. The movie has shown the biases of many people because of misinformation. A lot of angles that I have seen in the movie, perhaps an eye opener.

That's just my movie review and yours may be different. Every opinion is appreciated just be constructive. Thank you!

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Photo credits from the official website of the Plane.

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