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Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars in this riveting and powerful nail-biting thriller from Robert Zemeckis, the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Washington) miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. But even as hes being hailed for his heroic efforts, questions arise as to who or what was really at fault.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 220
- Fresh: 170
- Rotten: 50
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: At a certain point, great actors want to show us the truth of something that may be far from their lives but that somehow they understand, intimately, all too well.
Fresh: Flight is a well-made motion picture, but not a fun or entertaining one.
Fresh: An old-fashioned drama and all the better for it.
AN UNEVEN BUT AFFECTING CHARACTER STUDY
After a 12-year hiatus from live-action filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis makes his long-awaited comeback with "Flight", arguably one of the most hard-to-watch and downright disturbing dramas of this or any other year. It's a movie about the dangers and consequences of compulsive addiction, and Denzel Washington carries the entire production on the weight of his shoulders with one of the most uneasily complex characters he's ever played. This is his film through and through, and it's rarely ever a fun or entertaining experience to go along with. But if you decide to take it for what it is, an eerily grim tale about the self-destruction of a man trapped by his own lethal vices and deep moral shortcomings, you'll be in for one emotional ride that may or may not be to your liking.
In "Flight", Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned commercial air pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe and saves nearly every soul on board in the process. After the crash, Whip is hailed by everyone as a hero, but as more new information is learned about the freak accident, more questions than answers begin to arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. Will Whip finally be able to come clean or will he simply stick to his old habits and keep the knowledge of what he did to his grave?
The movie starts out on a fantastic high note, setting itself up for one of the most breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat action sequences of the past year. It's a masterfully crafted nail-biter of a scene that moves at such a violently fast pace, you can hardly tell what's even happening at the moment until it all comes to a screeching halt. The grim aftermath of the plane crash is absolutely brutal, but it's the visual majesty of the aircraft flying completely upside down that makes the entire scene such a memorable one. As you can guess, the film never manages to reach the same heights as that one spectacular aerial disaster sequence, but it does benefit from Washington's incredibly believable (and often slightly depressing) lead performance, as well as a solid supporting cast that includes Don Cheadle as Whip's no-nonsense defense lawyer and John Goodman as his trusty drug dealer. Denzel's portrayal of Whitaker is brilliant: a selfish, despicable man whose combined demons have resulted in a heavy, uncontrollable addiction to alcohol and practically every drug you can imagine. He's beyond the point of saving, and despite everyone's efforts to help him get his act together before he possibly drops dead, his disgusting habits have already gotten the better of him. And this leads to my big issue with "Flight", which is that it often treats the plight of Whip Whitaker like one of those annoying after-school specials that constantly feel the need to force-feed their messages down everyone's throats. At times, Washington's character is treated like the film's own crash test dummy, constantly being experimented with in all sorts of tempting situations that never end well. Whitaker may not be the most well-built character we've seen all year, but he's still a force to watch.
Despite its frustrating drawbacks, "Flight" still works on the incredible strength of Denzel Washington's performance and everyone around him. The commitment and realism he puts into his self-destructive alcoholic of a character is truly out of this world. I'd even go as far as saying it deserves an Oscar nomination for just being that good. Sure, the screenplay is never quite up to par with the plot, but the movie does a fantastic job of capturing addiction at its absolute worst, while also bringing to life one of the most exciting, white-knuckle plane crash sequences I've ever seen in a movie. I may not have found this to be the most emotionally compelling flick of the past year, but it was still an engaging, thoroughly provocative drama with enough raw tension to keep me consistently invested. "Flight" may not appeal to everyone, but if you enjoy a well-made drama, it's worth your time.
This is most likely Denzel Washington's best role ever played. You can see how much he is into his character. He was flawless, his best moment are every moment. I love this movie for its uniqueness, its performance, and its ability to pull you to the edge of your seat. The unique thing I love about this movie is that the movie doesn't lead up to a climax. The climax leads up to a conclusion.
Flight distributes the strength a man must have not physically, but in his heart and mind. Denzel Washington plays a man that has a drinking problem, but manages to save people on board a plane when it is crashing. Throughout the movie movie there are conflicts that must make him chose wether or not he will become sober.
I think this movie is the best drama of the year. It has an interesting storyline that I'm sure everyone who's seen it enjoyed. Denzel Washington is better than ever.
Short answer: buy it.
For those who read, (this is where i am coming from -sts) I am a Fighter Pilot and I hate watching movies about flying... The inaccuracy is usually far too distracting for me to enjoy. Having said that, this movie is well done and Mr. Washington did his homework. The movie's crash seen was realistic enough to where I legitimately felt uncomfortable watching it. The story after the crash was compelling. By the end you are left with a very real and important life lesson. BTL: entertaining movie.