In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. One day I may update with something longer, but at least there’s something here for posterity.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.
Robert Schwentke | 94 mins | TV | 2.35:1 | USA / English | 12 / PG-13
Notorious (to me) for unjustly beating Serenity to #1 at the US box office (a slight we Brits can proudly say went unrepeated), this plane-based uncredited remake of The Lady Vanishes is the kind of film that’s a 12 for no real reason. It contains “moderate violence and suspense”. Wow.
Flying home after her husband’s sudden death, Jodie Foster’s kid goes missing, but no one remembers seeing her. Is Foster mad, or is it a great big plot conceit? You guess. Things progress adequately, it’s only an hour-and-a-half, and then we can all move on to something better. Like Serenity.
Not only is this exactly 100 words, but each half is exactly 50. I know, I’m incredible.