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Flight (2012)

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Details: 0 mins · English · R (USA)

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Normally, I am a huge fan of Denzel Washington. While watching "Flight", I could see more and more how much he was struggling to make the best of what turned out to be a terrible movie.

"Flight" was, actually, terrible even BEFORE its theatrical release. The trailer, which only shows a select few scenes of dialogue, is dominated by the plane crash scene. One would think that such prominence would mean more scenes like it in the actual movie, but this is not the case. Instead, it's a film about an alcoholic (Washington) and a recovering heroin addict (Reilly) who don't really learn anything. In fact, Washington's character even reverts back to his earlier drunken and drugged state, despite so much riding on his sobriety. Furthermore, his final act of "redemption" is an empty gesture, as he really hasn't learned a thing. Some may say otherwise during the film's epilogue, but his on-screen revelation could easily be misconstrued for "optimistic resignation" rather than true change.

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Normally, I am a huge fan of Denzel Washington. While watching "Flight", I could see more and more how much he was struggling to make the best of what turned out to be a terrible movie.

"Flight" was, actually, terrible even BEFORE its theatrical release. The trailer, which only shows a select few scenes of dialogue, is dominated by the plane crash scene. One would think that such prominence would mean more scenes like it in the actual movie, but this is not the case. Instead, it's a film about an alcoholic (Washington) and a recovering heroin addict (Reilly) who don't really learn anything. In fact, Washington's character even reverts back to his earlier drunken and drugged state, despite so much riding on his sobriety. Furthermore, his final act of "redemption" is an empty gesture, as he really hasn't learned a thing. Some may say otherwise during the film's epilogue, but his on-screen revelation could easily be misconstrued for "optimistic resignation" rather than true change.

That is not to say that 'Flight' didn't have its moments. The plane crash scene is actually quite good cinemtographically; the cacophony one would expect from a plane crash is meted out artistically between screams of passengers and beeps of alarms and an almost transcendent silence.

All in all, don't waste your money on seeing 'Flight' in theaters. Borrow it from a friend if you want, but the only good feeling it will leave you with is the solace that your life doesn't suck as much as the protagonist's. (less)

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An absorbing alcoholism drama with strong performances. The ending is a little hokey and I think they made John Goodman's drug dealer character look a little too cool, but otherwise it manages to avoid being too preachy or morally black and white.

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Cast:

Small Whip
Small Harling Mays
Small Hugh Lang
Small Nicole
Small Gaunt Young Man
Small Charlie Anderson
Small Ellen Block
Small Deana
Small Margaret
Small Amanda
No_movie_poster Two Beer Barry
Small Trina
Small Ken Evans
No_movie_poster Knuckles

Crew:

Small Robert Zemeckis Director
No_movie_poster John Gatins Screenplay
No_movie_poster Steve Starkey Production
No_movie_poster Walter F. Parkes Production
No_movie_poster Jack Rapke Production
No_movie_poster Laurie MacDonald Production
Small Robert Zemeckis Production
No_movie_poster Jeremiah O'Driscoll Editing

Plot:

On October 14, 2011, airline captain and recreational drug user Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) awakens in his Orlando hotel room with flight attendant Katerina Márquez (Velazquez) after a night of sex, alcohol, and little sleep. After using cocaine to wake up, he boards SouthJet Flight 227 as pilot to Atlanta. After Whip threads the plane through severe turbulence at takeoff, copilot Ken Evans (Geraghty) pilots while Whitaker discreetly mixes vodka in his orange juice and takes a nap. He is jolted awake by a mechanical failure triggered when the copilot initiates normal descent. The aircraft's elevator jams and throws the aircraft into a steep dive. Unable to correct the situation by normal means, Whip rolls the plane upside down to arrest the dive. With the engines failing due to the abnormal flying attitude and realizing they will not make it to a runway, he then maneuvers the plane right-side up just before executing a forced landing in a field. He loses consciousness on impact and is dragged out of the aircraft by a passenger.


Whip awakens in an Atlanta hospital with minor injuries. He is greeted by his old friend Charlie Anderson (Greenwood), who represents the airline's pilots union. He tells Whip that he saved ninety-six out of one-hundred-two people on board. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official informs him Katerina was among those killed, and that Ken has been put into a coma.


Whip meets Nicole Maggen (Reilly) who is recovering from an overdose, and promises to visit her when they leave the hospital. In the morning, his friend and drug dealer, Harling Mays (Goodman), picks him up and sneaks him away from the hospital. Whip drives to his late father's farm and dumps out all his alcohol. When he meets Charlie and attorney Hugh Lang (Cheadle), they explain that the NTSB performed a hospital toxicology screen while he was unconscious, showing that Whip was intoxicated. The test had the potential to send him to prison on alcohol, drug, and manslaughter charges. Hugh promises to get the toxicology report voided on technical grounds, but Whip angrily leaves and seeks Nicole. He finds her bailing on her lease, offers to pay for it, and lets her stay at the farm.


The night before the NTSB hearing, Whip is moved into a guarded hotel room to ensure he does not get intoxicated. His minibar has only nonalcoholic beverages, but an mistakenly unlocked door to the adjoining room has a full minibar. Charlie and Hugh find him the next morning, passed out drunk. They call Harling, who revives him with cocaine for the hearing.


At the hearing, Ellen Block (Leo), the lead NTSB investigator, explains that a damaged elevator assembly jackscrew was the primary cause of the crash. She commends Whip on his valor and skill, and asks a series of questions about his sobriety to which Whip lies. Block then asks a final question about the empty vodka bottles found in the trash of the plane. Since Márquez's toxicology report showed evidence of alcohol, Block asks Whip if it is his opinion that she drank it. Rather than lie and permanently taint her good name, Whip admits to drinking the vodka, flying intoxicated and also that he is intoxicated at the hearing.


Thirteen months later, an imprisoned Whip, serving a minimum five-year sentence, tells a support group of fellow inmates that he is glad to be sober and does not regret doing the right thing, because he finally feels "free." He also tells them that he lost his piloting license, but he didn't lose his way. He has pictures of Nicole and other family and friends on the wall of his cell, along with greeting cards congratulating him on being sober for a year. He is working to rebuild his relationship with his son, who visits his father for an interview for a college application essay on "the most fascinating person I've never met."

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2013-01-31 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-11-02 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2013-02-13 : France

Theatrical : 2013-01-25 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2013-02-21 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2013-02-28 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2013-02-06 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2013-02-07 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2013-01-25 : Norway

Theatrical : 2012-12-07 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2013-02-08 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2013-01-24 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2013-01-31 : Australia

Theatrical : 2013-02-01 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2013-01-30 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2013-02-08 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2013-01-24 : Italy

Theatrical : 2012-11-02 : Canada

Theatrical : 2012-11-08 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2012-11-15 : Russia

Theatrical : 2013-01-10 : Israel

Theatrical : 2013-01-10 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2013-01-24 : Germany

Theatrical : 2013-01-25 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2013-01-25 : Spain

Theatrical : 2013-02-01 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2013-02-07 : Chile

Theatrical : 2013-02-08 : Finland

Theatrical : 2013-02-13 : Croatia

Theatrical : 2013-02-21 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2013-02-21 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2013-02-22 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2013-02-22 : Poland

Theatrical : 2013-02-22 : Romania

Theatrical : 2013-02-22 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2013-03-01 : Japan

Theatrical : 2013-03-14 : Serbia

DVD : 2013-02-05 : United States of America

2012-10-14 : United States of America

2012-10-22 : United States of America

2012-11-13 : Sweden

2013-02-24 : Serbia