Stephen King Recommends The Best Gerard Butler Movie In Years

By Nina Phillips | Published

There are plenty of scary and thrilling movies out there, but rarely do they get the praise of experts in the horror genre. However, that’s precisely what happened to Gerard Butler’s Plane. While talking on X with his fans, horror author Stephen King had nothing but praise for the film.

Stephen King Recommends Plane

When Stephen King was asked on X which Children of the Corn adaptation he hated the most, the author decided to move fans to a different topic. Instead of picking which adaptation he hated the most, he recommended a movie he enjoyed. This movie happens to be one of the new movies featuring Gerard Butler, Plane.

In his tweet, he mentioned that the movie was “Authentic fright or flight material.” Coming from an author famous for his terrifying books and film adaptations, this is some heavy praise, even in the form of a pun. It puts the movie up there with some of Stephen King’s other recommended movies, such as Late Night with the Devil, Crimson Peak, and The Blair Witch Project.

The Cast

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Gerard Butler (300, The Phantom of the Opera) is the main character of Plane, portraying Brodie Torrance, the pilot in charge of landing an airplane that’s failing after a lightning strike. He manages to find an island and performs an emergency landing, but that’s just the beginning of his problems when dangerous rebels capture most of the passengers. He must rely on a criminal transported by the FBI to help him rescue the remaining passengers and get them home alive.

Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Lilly Krug (Shattered), Evan Dane Taylor (Castle Falls), Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai), and Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) also appear throughout Plane.

How Critics And Audiences Rate Plane

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Jean-Francois Richet directed the movie. Though he’s done other movies that critics rated well, such as Blood Father and Mesrine, Plane is the highest-scoring movie according to audience members to date by Richet.

Plane did well for itself. Critics gave it a cool average score of 78 percent. However, Audience members loved it much more, with an average score of 94 percent with over 1,000 ratings.

What Makes Plane Stand Out

It’s not because of Gerard Butler that Plane did so well, or at least not solely. Despite its simple plot, Plane has one important thing going for it. It reminds fans of an old-school action movie.

There are no crazy plot twists or extreme GGI to make the movie stand out, it’s simply a story with lots of violence and high stakes. With such a straightforward storyline, the movie had to have plenty of action and great actors. Plane delivered on both of these aspects, if fan ratings and the praise by Stephen King are anything to go by.

Where To Watch Plane

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If you’re eager to watch Gerard Butler in Plane, there are plenty of places to watch it. Starz, Hulu, YouTube, The Roku Channel, Philo, and Amazon Prime Video all offer premium subscribers access to the movie. For those who don’t pay for these subscriptions, the movie is available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play Movie, and Fandango at Home.