“Plane” (Lionsgate)

Gerard Butler and Mike Colter star in a scene from the movie "Plane." The OSV News classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (OSV News photo/Kenneth Rexach, courtesy Lionsgate)

By OSV News

Gerard Butler stars as an airline captain who finds that crash landing his plane after it’s struck by lightning is only the first daunting difficulty he must overcome in this hard-edged action adventure, directed by Jean-Fran├žois Richet. Other challenges include the fact that the Philippine island to which he was forced to divert is controlled by outlaws (led by Evan Dane Taylor), and that one of his passengers (Mike Colter) is a prisoner being extradited on a murder charge.

Along with macho posturing, the pilot does demonstrate devotion to the welfare of the survivors in his charge, even to the point of sacrificing his own safety. But the gunplay to which much of the running time is devoted ratchets up the mayhem from initially nasty to ultimately gruesome.

Much strong, gory violence, a few uses of profanity, a couple of milder oaths, pervasive rough language, frequent crude talk. The OSV News classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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