Run time: 107 mins
As straightforward as the title suggests, Plane is pure ‘80s bravado; the kind of B-grade, action schlock you’d find on a corner shelf of Blockbuster. And I mean that in a good way.
Gerard Butler is airline pilot Brodie Torrance, who boards a passenger jet that he’s piloting from Singapore to Tokyo. There is a catch: convicted murderer Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter) is being extradited at the last minute. The plane gets caught up in a storm and has to land on a jungle island filled with, you guessed it, bad guys.
Cue the violent mayhem, in which Brodie must protect his passengers from the terrorists. Forming an uneasy alliance with Gaspare – who conveniently happens to be a former member of the French Foreign Legion – the two must survive the jungle by shooting their way out.
Butler knows his strengths like the back of a bad guy’s broken neck, and he’s seldom flexed them better than he does here; he’s become one of 21st century Hollywood’s few bonafide movie stars by embracing the fact that he was so obviously born to be a late 20th century movie star.