The action set pieces are great fun as is Butler's brand of low-key smarmy humour. I like that they acknowledge he's human. He gets puffed out after fighting off a rebel in a telephone exchange. When he's succeeded in landing the plane at the end he takes a moment just to let the adrenaline run down and to have a bit of a manly cry. I also love how they film the plane. There's a really great shot at the end where they frame it from the perspective of the top of the fin, perfectly symmetrical. And I'm not going to lie. Under direction from Jean Froicois Richet (MESRINE), I was seriously stressed out in the final set-piece, totally involved in whether the plane would make it. So mock it all you like, this film may be hokey, but it works!
PLANE has a running time of 107 minutes and is rated R. It is on global release.