Flight 2012

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An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.

Starring:
Denzel Washington,Bruce Greenwood
Runtime:
2 hours, 18 minutes

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Flight

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Robert Zemeckis
Starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood
Supporting actors Kelly Reilly, James Badge Dale, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, John Goodman
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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4.1 out of 5 stars

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
From the opening scene of Washington waking up in bed with a stewardess, drinking leftover booze and snorting a line of coke - before heading to the airport to fly a plane... we know we are in for a role from him a little different than we have seen for a while. This is a man whose life is figuratively, and pretty soon literally, in freefall. The opening act of the movie is a plane crash that is both visceral and believable.. a reminder of Zemeckis the director who knows the value of special effects and how they help you tell a story. The rest of the movie reveals a different director altogether, the director of Castaway, Forrest Gump and Contact, who understands how to reveal character and make people 3 dimensional. After that crash, the movie's drama is all based on the character. He is told he has to stay clean and off the booze, and his battle with that is what drives the movie forward, as the movie explores the period up to the Federal investigation hearing. As the debris from the plane is pulled to together to investigate the crash, the movie starts to explore the wreckage that is Denzel's life. The middle stretch of the movie is a bit baggy for sure, but it's hard to say what should have been cut, because every minute of Washington on screen is electric. If it hadn't been for Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, I'm sure the Oscar would have been his. A memorable scene involves him and a hotel mini-bar, in a will he-won't he moment that is wonderfully cut together and shows the director and actor in top form.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Flight is a drama that mostly hits the mark but is decidedly saggy towards the end. Whittaker is a pilot with a drink problem. He turns up to work one day drunk and high. Just another normal day in his life. That is until things go dramatically wrong and his plane crashes killing six people on board.

This is where the story shakes off the normal conventions and starts to explore some interesting threads. Whittaker is a drunk, but the plane didn't crash because he was under the influence of alcohol.

The initial plane crash is jarring and brilliantly filmed. As the audience you really do feel caught up in this disaster. The camera bucks and shakes with every movement of the plane. The feeling of being dragged at high speed towards the ground with no control is immense. It really is edge of the seat stuff.

Once the crash has happened and the dust starts to settle, the film gets into its emotional core exploring alcoholism. Whittaker's first reaction is to never drink again, that is until it is suggested he could be blamed for the accident after a toxicology report shows he had alcohol and drugs in his system. He hits the bottle hard and begins his own nose dive.

Denzel Washington uses Flight to show everyone why he won the Oscar for Training Day and his latest nomination is well deserved. He has emotional weight and real gravitas. You believe every move he makes and everything he says. He dominates the film and doesn't give anyone else room to manoeuvre. This is certainly his film. It just doesnt feel like the right film for him.

As good as Washington is, his character is just unlikable. The fact of the matter is he was drunk when flying a plane full of passengers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By electronicafan on 9 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
From the academy award winning director that brought us Forrest Gump and Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis returns with another intense drama / thriller entitled Flight, starring Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood.
The film is based around the character of an American airline pilot, Whip Whitaker (Denzel) and his “doomed” flight, SouthJet 227, from Orlando to Atlanta. The movie starts off on a roll with Denzel's exceptional acting, in bed with a stewardess, Katerina Marquez (Nadine), smoking and snorting a line of cocaine before going for his flight. Whip goes to the flight with this happy go lucky attitude and utters, “like a game”, while actually taking off in a severe thunderstorm and sings “feeling alright, feeling alright” at the amazement of his co-pilot. As thrilling events of the flight unfold, we see the plane malfunction and Whip pulling a stunt that although it doesn't help from the plane crashing, manages to save 96 people out of the 102 souls on board the plane. This part is so realistic that it makes you feel like not boarding another plane in your life.
The crash is Whip's wake up call and from this moment onwards, the movie takes a drama approach and we see him battling his alcohol addiction through his lifes' up and downs. Simultaneously we are also introduced to the life of Nicole (Kelly), who also has a drug addiction. This is a very interesting side of the movie-making process as we can see how Robert manages to connect their lives together. Whip is dealing with his alcohol addiction and the crash. At the same time, Nicole is struggling with a drug addiction.
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