Robin Monroe, a New York City journalist working for Dazzle, a fashion magazine, is invited by her boyfriend, Frank Martin, to spend a week holidaying with him on the island of Makatea, in the South Pacific. The final leg of their journey is in a small dilapidated aircraft, piloted by middle-aged American Quinn Harris. They are accompanied by his girlfriend and copilot Angelica.
On their first night on the island, a drunk Quinn makes a move on Robin, which she rejects as Frank appears. Later that night, Frank proposes to her and she happily accepts.
The next morning Robin is called away to Tahiti to supervise a fashion event. She hires Quinn to fly her there, but a thunderstorm forces them to crash-land on a deserted island. Initially believing it has a peninsula to the north, they climb a mountain to disable a beacon Quinn believes to be there. They discover they are in fact on a different island with no beacon. Fighting for survival there, they inadvertently become witnesses to South Asian pirates, who discover and chase them.
Meanwhile, after getting drunk and thinking that Robin is dead, Frank sleeps with Angelica after she seduces him.
After evading the pirates, Robin and Quinn are caught, but narrowly escape by jumping into the ocean from a cliff. They camp next to the wreckage of a World War II Japanese plane. Salvaging parts from it, they succeed in getting Quinn's plane airworthy again, and fly back to Makatea just in time for their funerals, as well as escaping the pirates, whose boat is destroyed. Frank is very happy to see Robin alive, but is disgusted at himself for sleeping with Angelica and not being able to tell Robin about it. She goes to the hospital where Quinn is recovering and tells him her feelings, but he rejects her.
Robin then decides to go back to New York with Frank, but at the airport in Tahiti she finds that she is unable to go. He finally tells her he slept with Angelica and she tells him about her feelings for Quinn. They decide they are not in love and she gives him the engagement ring back.
Quinn has a change of heart and rushes to the airport, but is too late to stop the plane. He then encounters Robin getting off of it, having stopped the flight. He walks up to her and they embrace and kiss.
- Harrison Ford as Quinn Harris
- Anne Heche as Robin Monroe
- David Schwimmer as Frank Martin
- Jacqueline Obradors as Angelica
- Temuera Morrison as Jager
- Allison Janney as Marjorie
- Douglas Weston as Philippe Sinclair
- Cliff Curtis as Kip
- Danny Trejo as Pierce
- Ben Bodé as Tom Marlowe
- Derek Basco as Ricky
- Amy Sedaris as Robin's secretary
The film features stunt work with aircraft. The effects were produced without CGI assistance. The crash scene of the de Havilland Beaver was performed with a Huey Helicopter suspending the unmanned aircraft with a 200-foot cable with the engine running.
Harrison Ford is a certificated pilot and did his own flying in the film, after fulfilling the insurance company's training requirements.
The film received generally mixed to negative reviews. It holds 36% positive reviews at review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 39 reviews. It holds a score of 51% on Metacritic based on reviews from 23 critics.
The film's revenue exceeded its $70 million production budget in the United States earning $74,329,966, and with strong international sales totaling $90,509,328, it ended its theatrical run with a worldwide total of $164,839,294.
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