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Flight Of The Phoenix (2004) Review


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Even if you're not familiar with the original 1965 version of this film, the title alone makes the outcome of this flight predictable. And while that may not suggest you should abort this journey completely, it just means Flight of the Phoenix must work harder to overcome its predictability. Be warned that it may not be worth the turbulent ride. Unlike the outcome of the fabled Phoenix, this story cannot resurrect itself.

This is surprising because this remake is considerably faithful to the plot of its predecessor. The story tells the plight of an eccentric group of underachieving oilrig workers who become stranded in Mongolia's Gobi Desert (the Sahara in the original) after their cargo plane crashes during a fierce sandstorm. There's very little water, and only a few cans of peaches to sustain their existence under the scorching desert summer sun. Despite their circumstances, the group decides to take their chances and, gulp, build a new plane in a desperate attempt to save themselves.

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