With the trailer of Flight being played for a while in the cinema, I was really looking forward to seeing Denzel Washington‘s latest film and with Robert Zemeckis directing the film, it looked very promising.
Flight is about an alcoholic, drug taking airline pilot called “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washinton) who wakes one morning after a drug and alcohol infused night to captain and fly from Atlanta with over hundred souls on board his flight.
After taking off in a horrific storm and breaking through the bad weather, the plane develops a problem and it’s up to Whip to land the plane safely and this means flipping the plane to pull it out of a dive and landing it in a field.
With only the loss of six souls, the FAA (Federation Aviation Administration) get involved and after getting 10 pilots in simulators, they find that only Whip could pull it off, but being a hero is short-lived as his alcoholism and drug use is brought to light.
Flight, Blazing Minds Film Review
What starts out feeling like a disaster movie, with a superbly done plane incident, moves in to the story of Whip and him realizing the problem that he has with drugs and alcohol and his fall from hero to someone who may have caused the plane crash in the first place.
It’s nice to see Robert Zemeckis back to this sort of drama with Flight, it’s certainly a film that does have you gripped right from the start, he’s done a superb job with the overall feel of Flight, in a time of all out action movies, it’s so nice to have a down to earth film that brings human emotion back to the big screen.
Denzel Washington is superb as “Whip” Whitaker, I don’t think anyone could have pulled off the role as well as he has done, it’s certainly a role that is well worth his Oscar nomination and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t win the Oscar for “Actor in a Leading Role”
With the added bonus of Don Cheadle as Whip’s lawyer and John Goodman as Harling, his “Dude” dealer, which I loved.
Overall Thoughts for Flight
If you like Denzel Washington, then this is certainly one for you, his portrayal of a man on the edge is superb, the film is enjoyable, nicely directed and produced, certainly a film that you should go and see.
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