- Ensemble Dark Horse: The captain, played by Sean Bean. Half because he was Playing Against Type ( he's a Red Herring instead of a villain), half because he doesn't die.
- Heartwarming Moments: "There she is... with her daughter..."
- Idiot Plot: The bad guy's plan suffers an extreme case of Complexity Addiction and would have fallen apart if the adults only listened to the children who claimed to have seen Julia.
- Worse still, with a dozen persons literally around them, none of them admit to seeing the child, until another child does near the end.
- Shocking Swerve: The film arguably seems to spend 80% of its run time building up some kind of psychodrama/supernatural horror twist. We have scare chords, flocks of crows, weird artsy editing implying ghostly apparations of the dead husband in the intro and sinister morticians announcing unexplained death. And then it's suddenly revealed that actually a huge number of contrived events have allowed a terrorist to mastermind an incredibly generic yet far-fetched plot of obscene complexity.
- So Okay, It's Average
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For the most of the film is an interesting Mind Screw; struggling to comprehend what's going on as it becomes more and more evident that there might never have been a daughter. Reviewers have pointed out that this would have made a clever reveal but instead it turns out to be a over-complicated terrorism scheme and that ends with Kyle saving the day, finding her daughter Julia, and walking dramatically off screen as the plane explodes and the other passengers clap for her. In other words, completely generic - but also a good example of the feelings of the time; everyone wished they could "kill those who would harm you and reclaim what was once lost".
YMMV / Flightplan