Gerard Butler faces yet another on-screen crisis in the trailer for the upcoming thriller Plane, directed by Jean-François Richet.
Trailer for Gerard Butler’s new film Plane was released today. The upcoming thriller is the latest action movie helmed by one of the most prominent stars working in the genre. Butler is best known for his movies that pit him against a host of enemies, with notable examples being den of thieves and 300. Plane finds Butler returning to familiar territory playing the role of a pilot thrust into a life-and-death scenario. Butler has built his career on roles like this, notably Mike Banning’s films, which include those from 2013 Olympus has fallen, and the sequels London has fallen and Angel fell.
Plane centers on Brodie Torrence, a pilot trying to protect his passengers from jungle bandits after they crash land in a remote area of the Philippines. Jean-François Richet directed the disaster vehicle, which pairs Butler with Netflix’s recognizable Mike Colter Jessica Jones and subsequent fallout Luke Cage. In Plane, Butler and Colter team up as a pilot and fugitive to protect their beleaguered fellow crash survivors from the hostage-taking pirates. Daniella Pineda and Tony Goldwyn complete the cast of the film, which began production in Puerto Rico in August 2021.
Shared by Movie Official Twitter, PlaneThe trailer for promises plenty of muscle for the upcoming feature, as Butler and Colter form an unlikely alliance. After losing the surviving passengers in a kidnapping, Butler and Colter are forced to track down the group of bandits who took the passengers hostage. The trailer shows the two sharing stories as they go, and we learn that Colter’s fugitive character may have been framed.
Airplane shares elements with other action shots
From the trailer alone, Plane promises a tense but unsurprising addition to Butler’s career in thrillers. At first glance, Plane appears to be similar to other Butler-directed films in recent years, which have often focused on a typical day in the life of a civil servant disrupted by a crisis. But the trailer is also reminiscent of past action movies, like those from 1998. American Marshalls, who followed the search for a former military man accused of a crime he did not commit. In this film, the fugitive’s innocence emerges as the film progresses, and we learn more about the fugitive character. Plane seems to promise the same for Colter’s character, also a former military man.
Shared elements are not uncommon for Butler films. The first installment of his Mike Banner series, Olympus has fallenwas released around the same time as another movie, White House down, and an eerily similar plot was shared. And Butler’s adventure in 2018 den of thieves shared many elements with the 1995 Michael Mann film Heat. Yet audiences don’t usually flock to Gerard Butler’s films for their originality. They come for the action and for the day to be saved. We can certainly expect the same from Planewhich will be released in theaters on January 27, 2023.
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