Director Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action moviemaking with this thought-provoking and sometimes heartbreaking movie which features another standout performance from Denzel Washington (Washington's role has been nominated for an Academy Award).
Washington plays Whip Whitaker - an airline pilot who dabbles in loose women, alcohol and drugs. The movie opens on the morning after a visibly raucous night, and Whip has a flight in a couple hours. So to combat the hangover, he indulges in some more vices, and he feels on top of the world again. Of course, the plane malfunctions while in the air, disaster strikes and lives are lost. Whip is at first treated like a hero due to his expertise which averted an even bigger disaster. But once his tox screening report is released, it reveals he could've been under the influence!
The knives come out and soon he is fighting on all fronts - against his own company who want to blame him for the tragedy, against the families of the survivors who think he should be prosecuted, and against his own demons as he still can't handle any trials without the help of alcohol.
It's a tough drama to sit through, but the acting and the storyline is brilliant. Washington's range of emotions in the movie will tear your heart apart as you will his character to be morally responsible. The movie is also bookended by two thrilling scenes: the plane disaster at the beginning (which is pulsatingly filmed) and the major scene at the end (which I just can't spoil for anyone). Suffice it to say, Flight is a human drama of the highest order! (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars in this powerful drama from Robert Zemeckis, the Academy Award winning director of Forrest Gump
and Cast Away
Airline pilot Whip Whitaker miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. But even as he’s being hailed for his heroic efforts, questions arise as to who or what was really at fault.
(2013 Oscar nominations for: Best Actor; Best Original Screenplay)
Paramount Home Entertainment
• Don Cheadle
• John Goodman
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||2 hours, 13 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
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Fri, 5 Jul 2013 | Review by: Micky B
Deservedly nominated for <i>two Oscars, <i>Flight</i> offers previous Oscar winner Denzel Washingon another meaty role in which to prove yet again what a wonderful actor he is! The movie starts with an imminent passenger plane crash. The airline pilot, William Whip Wiittaker (Denzel Washington) does the near-impossible by crash-landing the plane as best he can after flying the non-functional aircraft <i>upside-down<.i> for several kilometers! Although subsequent investigation proves the plane to have been mechanically un-airworthy as at time of takeoff, it is also revealed that Whip is a cocaine-taking alcoholic who had had a wild night out the very evening before the flight! And while Mr Washington's performance is well worth applauding, he is well-matched by Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle, and John Goodman (who plays Harling Mays Whip's drug supplier. OK, so maybe the 139-minute running time stretches the story a little...but the superb acting performances make it all more than worthwhile.
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