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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:
Nadine Velazquez, Denzel Washington
Runtime:
2 hours, 18 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Robert Zemeckis
Starring Nadine Velazquez, Denzel Washington
Supporting actors Carter Cabassa, Adam C. Edwards, Tamara Tunie, Brian Geraghty, Kelly Reilly, Conor O'Neill, Charlie E. Schmidt, Will Sherrod, Boni Yanagisawa, Adam Tomei, Dane Davenport, John Crow, Bruce Greenwood, E. Roger Mitchell, Ravi Kapoor, John Goodman, Jill Jane Clements, Tommy Kane
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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By chelios1981 VINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
The ever excellent Denzel Washington teams up with super director Robert Zemeckis to create a powerful drama, that at times falls into sentimentality too much, but when it's gritty, and showing the lead character at his worst (i.e. drunk or on drugs) it really is quite emotional and more importantly believable.

Denzel plays an air line pilot, who is heavily dependant on booze and drugs, but covers it up well (or he thinks he does) when going to work. He has a lot of personal problems, since separating from his wife, and kids, and uses this as an excuse to get wasted.

On a routine flight a massive mechanical/electrical failure to the air craft means he has to use his years of experience to crash land the plane, and try and save all on board.

He is commended for his actions, and becomes a public/media hero, but with the investigation under way as to the cause of the crash, the authorities are aware he had drugs and alcohol in his system.

Thus starts a drama that leads to typical Hollywood conclusion where he must fight his demons and co operate with the investigation, knowing he may well be put to prison, despite even the authorities admitting no one else could have landed the plane the way he did.

The plane crash sequence is simply harrowing, right up there with the best of them, and lets be fair director Zemeckis has done this before with the Tom Hanks movie castaway, but this brings it to a new level, it really is unsettling to watch.
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