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Flight 2012

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

Starring:
Kelly Reilly, Denzel Washington
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Kelly Reilly, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, James Badge Dale, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood
Director Robert Zemeckis
Genres Drama
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Kelly Reilly, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, James Badge Dale, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood
Director Robert Zemeckis
Genres Drama
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 June 2013
Main languages English

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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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How can a movie initiate such a diverse and polarised range of opinions as this feedback suggests? Clearly it is not the movie itself that is responsible, as that is a constant, so it must be about the diversity of thinking styles and/or capability of the viewer.

In terms of genre, this movie has two distinct styles or elements. It starts as an action movie and ends as a drama - a study of the human condition and psychology. Only if you appreciate and understand both elements, will you enjoy this film.

I believe, and most seem to agree, that this is a very well made action movie. Most of us enjoy the thrill of danger and this movie succeeds in suspending reality for a good number of minutes in a completely involving struggle to keep the aircraft in the air. This part of the movie engages our primal instincts and demands little of our intellect.

The rest of the movie is primarily about relationships and the damage caused to them by addiction. It is also about a personal battle with alcohol and drug addiction and the psychology of that. This part demands of the viewer a modicum of empathy, mental creativity and the ability to think. The possession of a well-defined value set might also be an asset here. I suspect these are elements of intelligence. If you lack it, you may find yourself sleeping through the most impactful scenes.

So, make a judgement (if you are able) as to whether you are reasonably clever or not, and you will be able to work out whether or not this is a movie for you.

As to the 4 stars I give it, 1 is dropped because, for me, the conclusion of the film was not completely convincing. In my experience, honesty follows sobriety, not precedes it.
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Format: DVD
This movie might be more aptly titled "Fight" as most of it seems to be a subjective analysis of an outstanding pilot's fight with addiction. The "Flight" element is nicely realised with good builds of tension and excellent effects. But; it's all too brief. (Spoiler Alert) the plane crash-lands with minimal loss of life by an almost miraculous piece of aero-gymnastics on the part of our gung-ho anti-hero pilot, very well played by Denzel Washington. However...

Hospital tests indicate the presence of illegal levels of alcohol and cocaine in his blood. Our hero isn't all he's cracked-up to be. From there on, we are watchers of his personal life, his continued bouts of drunkenness and drug abuse, whilst the various legal dramas of his potential liability and the crash-investigation proceed. Frankly; once the bird hits the dirt, so does the excitement. The remaining drama being human and personal, and frankly just a wee bit boring. All the usual cliches about religion, personal responsibility and alcoholism are slipped into the cocktail, so if you're into aviation rather than rehabilitation you may well be disappointed.

There's a suitable but signposted twist in the tale, it's well acted and all the other technical issues measure up, though I don't know how accurately it reflects American civil aviation investigations. It's in colour, widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio, has a 15 rating and quoted runtime of a needlessly lengthy 133mins. Mine came from Tesco's for 3 quid and it'll be in the charity shop soon enough. It's worth a watch, but certainly not collectible.
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