When a cargo plane goes down in the Gobi desert the accident\'s survivors are left stranded. One of them comes up with a plan to rebuild the plane. The others take some convincing, but the presence of dangerous smugglers means that action needs to be taken.

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Miranda Otto spends much of the film tearing her hair out and it\'s not hard to see why, as Phoenix is mainly a frustrating experience.

Recently we saw Sahara, a big-budget Hollywood action adventure set in the scorching deserts of North Africa and now Flight Of The Phoenix ? another studio pic - travels to the sand dunes of West Africa. It is a ?high concept? aircraft survival story starring Dennis Quaid (In Good Company) and Australian actress of the moment, Miranda Otto (War Of The Worlds).Pilot Frank Towns (Quaid) isn?t a popular fella. He is in the business of closing down oilrigs and putting people out of work. Towns? latest conquest lies in the Gobi Desert. After delivering the bad news to ?the troops? as is customary, he flies out the remaindered staff on his cargo plane. Only this time things do go according to plan. They encounter a storm, crash land, and spend the rest of their time trying to rebuild the smashed plane, survive the elements, plus smugglers and in-fighting.This is an odd Hollywood B-Movie, a remake of the 1965 Robert Aldrich ?cold war? film starring Jimmy Stewart. The characters in this film are dire clich?s and every line of dialogue comes from some other movie, only a better one. But thankfully some excessively camp, playful moments enter the second half making it more a ?psychotronic? movie than regular studio film. (Meaning a bizarre, trashy bent colours the film in a most unexpected way). Like Color Of Night (1993) - a bizarre psychotronic film Bruce Willis made post Die Hard?s success - Flight Of The Phoenix is bound to garner cult status once it hits DVD.Because that is what this film really is, a straight-to-DVD movie, as the aforementioned stranger scenes ? as funny as they are - are not really enough to save it. Miranda Otto spends much of the film tearing her hair out and it?s not hard to see why, as Phoenix is mainly a frustrating experience. Flight Of The Phoenix is a little reminiscent of another air disaster movie, Alive! (1993). I only wish the cast in Phoenix had eaten each other too. It might have turned it into true cult classic as cannibalism is sure to do?