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Written by Joanne Lee

"So basically I thought it was a pretty entertaining hour and a half. Of course I had minor complaints, but they weren't major enough for me to dislike this. The whole thing is pretty much centred on Maggie Siu, and I enjoy watching her."

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Type
Telemovie

Released In
2003

Cast
Maggie Siu - Ada
Bowie Lam - Joe
Sonija Kwok - Kimmy
Michael Tong - Patrick

Outline
Ada (Maggie) and Kimmy (Sonija) are air-hostess', and Joe (Bowie) is a passenger in first class. Patrick (Michael) is a passenger too, but he is also Ada's boyfriend. Joe is born with the ability to see things (kind of like flashes of the future), and he keeps seeing things like the plane having a bomb, blowing up etc. Ada on the other hand, doesn't really believe in fate, but rather that everything is earned and controlled by the individual. Kimmy and Patrick had known each other before, but they never told Ada.

The plane is then hi-jacked by terrorists, (partly how Joe predicted) and the last half of the movie is all about how the terrorists couldn't come to an agreement from the US president, and therefore has to choose a person on the plane to die.

Basic Opinion
The whole thing was only 90 minutes, so there really wasn't much time for character development or anything in-depth with the characters. It was mainly the plot, and all these small sub-plots to do with all these other passengers on the plane.

The story was a pretty new idea (or at least I wouldn't have thought of it) but there were quite a few clichés in the sub-plots I thought. And then some of the sub-plots were just plain boring/annoying. But the main story basically kept my attention the whole time.

Complaints
Something that really got me confused was the flashes between reality, and what Joe (Bowie) was seeing in the future. They just kind of mingled together, and they were filmed exactly the same (i.e. there wasn't any kind of cloudy stuff over the shot or anything, like dream sequences usually are, or black and white like flashbacks). A few times, I didn't realise it was a flashback until a while afterwards!

The ending was too preachy. I realise that TVB is trying to send out a message, but it was way too outright. There were probably ways they could have been much more subtle about telling the public to be good people.

I heard TVB actually spent a lot of money on this, because they actually bought the plane to film in. But then it came across as a really low budget telemovie because the only setting that you ever saw was the inside of a plane, and a few computer generated shots of a plane flying in some thunderclouds. And the inside of a plane looks a bit bland after 90 minutes.

Other Stuff
I'm thinking that this is classified a drama, but there sure was alot of comedy in it. But the crying probably classifies it as a drama, and plus plane hi-jacking really isn't a funny thing. But when the telemovie first started out, it filmed the plane and passengers from outside the plane windows, and then it suddenly had a close up of Ada on all fours looking for something, with Kimmy's voice in the background asking "What's wrong Ada? Did you trip over?". And another part I found amusing was when Ada had a dream that she kissed Joe. There was a gradual close up on Maggie's face, and then a flash of what she saw in the dream, and suddenly Maggie wakes up, her face scrunches into a frown and she starts to spit and cough and wipe her mouth (she didn't like Bowie's character at the time).

So basically I thought it was a pretty entertaining hour and a half. Of course I had minor complaints, but they weren't major enough for me to dislike this. The whole thing is pretty much centred on Maggie Siu, and I enjoy watching her.

Oh and another bonus. You should watch this if you're a Sonija or Maggie fan, because I thought they were so pretty in the pink outfits. And Sonija's acting improved quite abit, I didn't think she could pull off a crying scene like she did.

By the way, Sonija used to be an air-hostess, so she said that filming this was just like being back in her old job again.

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