Monday, December 13, 2004

Weekend viewing

The Flight of the Phoenix (Robert Aldrich, 1965)
I wasn't all that excited about seeing this one to prepare for reviewing the new version, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a solid thriller with a good cast, the equivalent of a summer event movie for its time. It's a little slow at first, and a little long at almost two and a half hours, but the characters are developed nicely, there's real suspense, the acting is good and the little twist at the end is amusing but not annoying, and actually informs the story in a meaningful way. It was good enough to make me even more wary of the remake, which looks like it's been action movied up, and that doesn't bode well.

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