Flight of the Phoenix

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

This action-adventure film is a remake of the 1965 film, which was based on the book by Elleston Trevor. Capt. Frank Towns (Dennis Quaid) and co-pilot AJ (Tyrese Gibson) pilot a C-119 cargo plane for an oil-company crew, led by a woman (Miranda Otto), whose job it is to shut down oilrigs in remote locations when they stop being productive. After finishing up a project, the crews plane flies directly into a terrifying sandstorm and crashes in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. In a short time, they realize that the likelihood of a rescue from this brutal terrain is remote. In order to escape their prison of sand, they must be creative. They determine that they may have all of the necessary parts from the wreckage to build another plane, but the challenge is to make it work before they run out of food and water or, worse yet, kill each other.

When people of diverse personalities and walks of life come together, there is an immediate clash. When these same people are in a life-and-death struggle, chaos ensues. The survivors finally recognize that they need to unite, cooperate and work together to have any hope of survival. The pressure of the situation brings out the best and worst in each of them. The statement is made in the film, A man needs love. If he cant have love, give him hope. If there is no hope, then give him something to do. The group ends up getting all three. The film was very similar to the original except for improved special effects, more intense action and violence, and a whole lot of bad language, which is why this one is considered unacceptable by Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (20) times mild (hell 8, damn 4); moderate (b-stard 2); strong (-ss 6)

Obscene Language: Many (19) times moderate (cr-p 1); strong (f-word 1, s-word 17)

Profanity: Several (9) times moderate (G 7); strong (GD 1, J 1)

Violence: Several times mild (fistfights, pushing and shoving); moderate (violent plane crash, man shot with gun and killed on 3 separate occasions, dead body shown with multiple contusions)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (men not wearing shirts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times mild (smoking tobacco)

Other: None

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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