Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rodrigo García|
|Produced by||Joseph Drake|
|Written by||Ronnie Christensen|
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Edited by||Thom Noble|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Budget||$25 million|
Psychotherapist Claire Summers (Hathaway) is called upon to treat a group of ten survivors of a recent plane crash. One of the survivors, Eric (Wilson), exhibits symptoms that suggest he is suppressing his true feelings about the crash by making major life changes. As time passes Claire's patients begin to stop showing up for the therapy sessions. She forms a theory that the airline is targeting them to prevent knowledge about a mechanical failure from spreading. As Claire and Eric grow closer Eric suggests Claire visits her estranged sister to make peace with her. She goes to her sister's house but no one is home. Instead she sees an official from the airline who has been advising her not to investigate the crash. He tells her she is wrong about her theories.
Meanwhile, a barking dog keeps showing up around Eric. Slowly he comes to believe that he is dead, that he didn't survive the crash, and that the dog he sees is his dog that died when Eric was six. Eric becomes emotional and runs from his apartment down to train tracks where he tries to commit suicide by standing in front of a train.
Claire goes to her sister's house again to try and make contact, but no one is home. Claire is approached by Arkin (Morse), seemingly an official from the airline. He angrily/tearfully tells her that there was no explosion and explains intimate details of how the pilot was responsible because he left the co-pilot alone in the cockpit. He leaves behind his briefcase, which contains the pilot's personal log and a ledger of passengers' names. Claire discovers that she too was on the ill-fated flight and begins to remember what happened on the flight. By daylight she makes her way to the dock to find Eric on his boat.
She realizes that everyone she came into contact with over the last few weeks was actually dead; "ghosts" of friends and family who were trying to help her come to terms that she, the other passengers, and pilot Arkin have all died. She understands that her kindly supervisor and nice neighbour are actually her elementary school teacher and her aunt, who have joined other departed people from her past that came to her to help her transition and accept her own death.
As the movie ends, Claire's sister Emma and her husband are let into her now-abandoned apartment by the landlord, where she discovers a note Claire was planning to send to make peace with her.
- Anne Hathaway as Claire Summers
- Patrick Wilson as Eric Clark
- Andre Braugher as Perry
- Dianne Wiest as Toni
- David Morse as Arkin
- William B. Davis as Eric's grandfather
- Ryan Robbins as Dean
- Clea DuVall as Shannon
The film was released in 125 theaters on October 24, 2008 and earned $173,544 on the opening weekend. The film grossed a total of $5,787,152: $292,437 from domestic location and $5,494,715 from overseas locations.
The film received generally negative critical reviews. Rotten Tomatoes aggregate reviews gave the film 20% rating based on 30 reviews. By comparison, Metacritic score for the film was 40 out of 100 based on 8 reviews.
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- Passengers at the Internet Movie Database
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