Sunday, May 5, 2013

Movie Review: Life in Flight (2008)

Life in Flight movie poster
Life in Flight (2008) - Written and Directed by Tracey Hecht; Starring Patrick Wilson, Amy Smart, Rashida Jones.

By Kenny Howell

Life in Flight never takes off.

How's that for some writin.

Life in Flight was a little indie movie that got lost in 2008 after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. That is the only release date that is listed on IMDB.

After watching it, I can kind of see why. It isn't a terrible movie. There have been plenty of worse movies that have made it to theaters, and plenty that made a ton of money. Life in Flight just isn't all that interesting.

Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) plays Will, an architect that seems to have a perfect life. His wife is the beautiful Amy Smart, and he is well admired in his field. But he is unhappy and doesn't want the life his wife wants for him.

The short running time at just 78 minutes might be part of the reason the movie doesn't work. I never really bought into Will's unhappiness. I could kind of see it, but writer-director Tracey Hecht doesn't delve deeply enough into it. That happens sometimes with indie films because of lack of funding. Not sure if that was the problem, but it makes sense.

Rating: *1/2

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