Gerard Butler Takes to the Skies in Thrilling “Plane” Trailer

Sometimes, you don't need a memorable title or a clever marketing campaign. You just need the promise of Gerard Butler kicking ass and worry about the rest later.

That's pretty much what we get in the latest trailer for Plane, formerly titled Mayday. Butler stars as pilot Brodie Torrance, who's forced into a tense situation when his commercial flight crash lands on an island in the midst of a civil war. To survive, he'll have to rely on one of his passengers: convicted murderer Louis (Mike Colter), whose particular set of skills should come in handy against militia men armed to the teeth. Co-starring reliable character actors like Paul Ben-Victor, Tony Goldwyn and Joey Slotnick, this feels like the perfect January movie. Nothing too flashy, nothing awards-worthy, just a good time at the movies.

Plane takes off January 13.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.