Denzel Washington alone can turn a movie into gold, and in Flight (2012), his performance speaks for itself.
“The FAA and the NTSB took 10 pilots, placed them in simulators, recreated the events that led to this plane falling out of the sky. Do you know how many of them were able to safely land the planes? Not one. Every pilot crashed the aircraft, killed everybody on board. You were the only one who could do it!”
The story: Airline Captain “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washington) isn’t your average pilot, or even your average guy. A hardcore drug addict and drunk, he is “living on the edge” so to speak. After a wild night (as usual) with not much sleep, he does some cocaine to set himself straight, and heads off to pilot a Jet to Atlanta. His co-captain immediately gets a bad vibe from Whip, but can still tell that he is knowledgable about aircraft flight. During their journey in the air, the Plane malfunctions and is causing them to dive down at speeds too fast to even do a proper emergency landing. With all signs pointed towards a crash, Whip makes the call to flip the plane upside down to maintain steady travel until they are close enough to the ground to flip back over and perform the best landing that they can.
Saving so many lives though, doesn’t excuse the fact that he was drunk AND high during the flight, and he must face dealing with his actions.
The story itself is solid and at least somewhat creative. What Airline pilot in their right mind would think to pull off such a daring maneuver. Perhaps Whip’s confidence derived from his “unstable” condition at the time, but does that still mean he was right to fly under those circumstances?
Pros: I say it for most of my movie reviews, but the cast was very good. For movies in general, the cast helps me determine whether or not to take the chance on viewing them. There may be movies I never would have dreamed of seeing, but once I learn that someone I like is in it, then I give it a chance. Denzel Washington is epic as an actor in most everything he does, and as Captain Whitaker, he merely reminds us of his incredible skills.
Cons: I’d have to agree with critics who say the plot is predictable. Nothing about this movie caught me off guard. It played out the way I had figured it would. But don’t we want some “spice” to our movies these day? Flight seems like an attempt at a home made pie, but ended up settling as a frozen one instead.
My rating: 80% It may not be full of excitement, but it is a reminder that our consequences have actions, and that thinking twice before doing something, is never a bad idea.
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