21 December 2015

The Pilot's Wife

The Pilot’s Wife 2002
  • Director: Robert Markowitz
  • Based on the novel by Anita Shreve
  • Cast: Christine Lahti, Campbell Scott, Alison Pill, Kirsty Mitchell, John Heard
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Christine Lahti – Smart People, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, Out of the Ashes, Leaving Normal, Running on Empty, Housekeeping, Swing Shift
    • Campbell Scott – Music and Lyrics, Dead Again
    • Alison Pill – Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Milk, Dan in Real Life, Dear Wendy
    • Kirsty Mitchell – Case Histories
    • John Heard – The Great Debaters, The Sopranos, O, Pollock, Desert Blue, The Pelican Brief, Waterland, Awakenings, The Trip to Bountiful, After Hours
  • Why? Christine Lahti
  • Seen: 18 December 2015. 

In the opening minutes Christine Lahti’s character Kathryn is awakened in the middle of the night and informed that her husband, a pilot, and a hundred and four passengers have died in a plane crash.
In the following days of memories and arrangements, suspicious about the circumstances around the crash – maybe his fault – grow. The pilots’ union is involved, and the FBI. Secrets, double lives, betrayals emerge.
From a family drama it turns into a political thriller. Not entirely convincing it’s still quite interesting, at times even a bit exciting.
Christine Lahti, as always, gives a solid performance and the Norther Ireland coastal scenery is beautiful.

2 ½ * of 5

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