Theatrical Release: September 23, 2005


Flying at 40,000 feet from Berlin to New York, Kyle Pratt (Foster) faces every mother’s worst nightmare when her young daughter Julia (Lawston) vanishes mid-flight. Already emotionally devastated by the unexpected death of her husband, Kyle desperately struggles to prove her sanity to the disbelieving flight crew and passengers, while facing the very real possibility that she may be losing her mind. Though neither Captain Rich (Bean), nor Air Marshal Gene Carson (Sarsgaard) want to doubt the bereaved widow, all evidence indicates that her daughter was never on board, resulting in paranoia and doubt among the passengers and crew of the plane. Desperately alone, Kyle can only rely on her own wits to solve the mystery and save her daughter.

Dove Review

Kyle Pratt is already distraught over the death of her husband when she faces every mother’s worst nightmare. She wakes from a brief nap and her daughter is gone. How could someone lose a child while flying at 37,000 feet from Berlin to New York? This is the dilemma of those on board as well as those watching in the theater. As a suspense thriller, this one is right on the mark. Between the creative camera work and the background music I was on the edge of my seat until the credits rolled. Although the violence in this film is mild, it is definitely an intense film. Add to that the uneasiness surrounding the air industry since 911 and you’ll find this movie can really trigger some strong emotions.

Jodie Foster has a history of making psychological thrillers, and I can see why. Foster is a master at conveying emotion using facial expressions to quickly draw the viewer in, making us feel what she does.

Because of the strong language (see content chart) this film cannot be approved by Dove.

Content Description

Sex: none
Language: H-3; S-3; D-1; GD-2; J-1; SOB-1; “For Christ’s sake”
Violence: Several violent struggles; Woman is pushed and hits her head, impact and blood is shown; Discussion of a death “You’ll find her with a bullet through her head”; Woman strikes man in face with fire extinguisher; Gunfire in plane, no one hurt; Explosion showing man engulfed by flames.
Drugs: Prescription pills
Nudity: none
Occult: none


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Genre: Action
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan
Reviewer: Julie Kemme