Abandoned Michael Feifer

Abandoned Michael Feifer
Director Michael Feifer is the guy behind all of those recent serial killer movies about Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, B.T.K., Richard Speck, Albert De Salvo and Henry Lee Lucas. You know, the ones featuring Corin Nemec, Kane Hodder and Antonio Sabato Jr. that were terrible, exploitive and historically inaccurate. Well, this low budget version of Flightplan in a hospital with a sickly looking Brittany Murphy taking the place of Jodie Foster is his attempt at something legitimate. And it is a minor step up, playing that familiar card of a harried protagonist that's either crazy or victim of a conspiracy without complete incompetence, relying on Murphy to carry the film, frantically looking for her boyfriend gone missing after a simple outpatient procedure. Franklin (Jay Pickett), the detective assisting her, seems to believe her story, but Markham (Mimi Rogers), the hospital administrator, and on-call psychiatrist Dr. Bensley (Peter Bogdanovich, who has directed such landmark movies as The Last Picture Show and Nickelodeon) think she's crazy. There's nothing new in terms of genre progression and it's unlikely that the twist will surprise anyone, so all there is to remark on is the atrocious screenwriting and constant implausibility of the goings on. Since no one took the time to learn any medical terms, or anything about basic psychology, there's a lot of dialogue to the effect of, "I've never seen someone so convinced of her delusions." Would a trained psychiatrist honestly say something like that into his tape recorder without contextualizing or providing any sort of assessment? Similarly, why would hospital security leave an unstable woman sitting by herself with an unlocked computer? It all seems incredibly rushed and lazy, which is unfortunate, since this was one of Brittany Murphy's final movies. No supplements were included with the DVD. (Anchor Bay)