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Plane 4K UHD Review

“Plane” is better than you’d expect it to be. 

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet, “Plane” begins on what should have been an average flight piloted by Captain Brodie Torrance. Alas, it doesn’t quite go according to the flight plan. After traveling through bad weather, the plane is forced to make a landing on what turns out to be the Jolo island in the Philippines (which is occupied by militia and separatists). Brodie and a fugitive who was being extradited on a murder charge (Louis) attempt to get help while the rest of the passengers and crew find themselves being kidnapped and held hostage by the local leader Datu. Elsewhere in the story there is a critical subplot involving the airline’s crisis team which sends out a private military rescue unit to help.

Produced by and starring Gerard Butler, one might think “Plane” would be an action movie that is as generic as its title. While the Charles Cumming and J.P. Davis scripted story is basic and the characterization is entirely minimal at best, this is the type of tightly directed old fashioned action-thriller that will please action movie junkies. From the intense opening 25 minutes involving the plane having to land (which is not recommended for those with aerophobia) to the action heavy shootout finale, “Plane” never lets up and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s no filler here, folks. It’s also the perfect antidote to dramatic awards movies and superhero fatigue.

As mentioned above, there’s not much character here. Gerard Butler (Brodie) and Mike Colton (Louis) of “Luke Cage” and “Evil” fame dominate the screentime and also deliver the best performances. Although it would have been nice to get a bit more characterization for Louis (although a sequel is on the horizon), both actors are in top form here and are entirely game for the action heroics. This is easily one of Butler’s best films in the past decade plus. It’s also nice to see the ultra talented Colton get a big movie role.

Note: Props for the 4K menu. You don’t see a lot of cool menus these days, but this one is done as if “Plane” is an in-flight movie.


Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p With Dolby Vision. How does it look? A nice pristine 4K transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? From the sound of the plane engine to the shootouts, this Atmos track delivers. 

* Blu-ray
* Digital copy
* Theatrical trailer for “Plane.”
* “This Is Your Captain”- A featurette in which cast and crew members talk about working with Gerard Butler.
* “Plane Clothes” is all about the costume design.
* “Brace For Turbulence” covers the making of the action sequences.


March 22, 2023 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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