Plane (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

A pilot finds himself caught in a war zone after he's forced to land his commercial aircraft during a terrible storm.

April 6, 2023 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Gerard Butler is certainly becoming a reliable star these days. To be fair, he’s been in the spotlight for quite some time, but he has had a hot streak lately. Plane turns out to be a perfectly suitable role for the star, who gives a nice turn at a pilot stuck in a dire situation. I will talk more in a bit about the plot, but it shows a slightly more vulnerable side to Butler, while also letting him flex the action muscles as well. It will bring up memories of action flicks from yesteryear, with the necessary, but small modern touches.

Butler plays Brodie, an airline captain who is going to see his family in Hawaii. We get the obligatory early scenes where we meet his daughter as he face times her as he goes through security and checking in. There’s a small crew that’s joining him on the flight, and that includes a convicted felon, Louis (Mike Colter) who is being transferred to a new location. The film lets us see his threat early on as we learn that he doesn’t like his picture being taken. The guard with him puts the other crew members at ease. Unfortunately, there is some severe weather which causes the plane to make an emergency landing. The communication is shut down, and this forces Brodie to go and seek help. Brodie gets into an altercation early on and this brings Louis to his rescue. It’s here that I found Plane to really set itself apart. What I mean by that is how Louis and Brodie partner up and try to help each other. A lesser film might’ve turned him into our chief villain and turned into a cat-and-mouse game. I like that it avoided that angle.

We’re introduced to a good bit of characters here, but one of the more significant outside of Brodie and Louis is in the Tony Goldwyn character, Scarsdale. He has a special ops team to try and find the plane and create a rescue mission. There are plenty of threats around and the film does a great job at delivering the expected action, but several tense moments as well. The early plane crash is a good example of this. This will recall memories of action flicks from the 90’s with the basic premise, R rating and appropriate and fairly lean running time. I had a great time with this one. It’s a fun and involving flick that has a more than capable cast, rising to the action movie requirements.

Video: How’s it look?

There’s certainly some appealing visuals in this 2.39:1 HEVC 4K transfer that look remarkably good. A majority of the film takes place in the jungle, so green hues tend to dominate. Detail is impeccable, we can see every leaf of nearly every tree. The beads of sweat on the actors’ faces and more. Amazing. The latter half of the movie is rather dark and I didn’t feel that it looked bad. There’s a bit of crush in a few scenes, but it’s hardly noticeable and otherwise this transfer is concurrent with what we’d expect from a new release. Of note, the set does come with a Blu-ray, but I don’t know why anyone would bother when you’ve got a 4K disc.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The Dolby Audio soundtrack is right up there with the visual presentation, though the audio gets to flex its muscle on a few more occasions. Dialogue is clear, with Colter and Butler seeing who can sound like the toughest guy around. Still, surrounds take control in several of the ending sequences and the LFE are involved as well. The atmospheric mix did a little more than serve its purpose, it played a big part in the film.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • This Is Your Captain – Essentially the cast lauds praise on actor Gerald Butler. Personally I don’t really see/get it, but that’s just me.
  • Plane Clothes – As we might guess, it’s a short vignette on the costume design for the film.
  • Brace for Turbulence – Playing out like a glorified trailer, we see some of the action spots in the film, notably the plane crash scene.
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Bottom Line

Plane is a more than serviceable action flick, wisely leaving out the politics and a lot of what bogs down modern flicks of this sort. Butler is perfectly cast here, as well as Mike Colter. A lesser film would’ve succumbed to the clichés usually associated with these films, but thankfully they’re avoided here. Recommended.

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