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4.0 out of 5 stars A Contemplative Adult Drama About Addiction Featuring One Of Denzel Washington's Most Complex Performances
I know that some viewers might feel like there is a bit of a bait-and-switch when sitting down to watch the very adult drama "Flight." I was primed to see a movie about a harrowing plane crash. And indeed, this initiating sequence is staged with tremendous suspense and gut wrenching detail. It may be one of the more memorable scenes you are likely to see this year...
Published 19 months ago by K. Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Washington Soars But This Flight Has More Than One Bumpy Landing
That Denzel Washington is a movie star of the first rank is proven once again in Robert Zemeckis' 2012 crisis-driven character study, a film that starts out very strong but then turns into something of a morality play about addiction and personal accountability. Despite the slowdown in the narrative momentum, the actor lends a chilling honesty and his considerable...
Published 19 months ago by Ed Uyeshima


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, February 24, 2013
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I found the movie to be very well put together. The actors played their roles perfectly. It kept me interested throughout. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Washington Soars But This Flight Has More Than One Bumpy Landing, December 5, 2012
This review is from: Flight (DVD)
That Denzel Washington is a movie star of the first rank is proven once again in Robert Zemeckis' 2012 crisis-driven character study, a film that starts out very strong but then turns into something of a morality play about addiction and personal accountability. Despite the slowdown in the narrative momentum, the actor lends a chilling honesty and his considerable charisma to his textured portrayal of Whip Whitaker, an ace commercial pilot for a regional Southern airline whose debilitating alcoholism forces him to live in a world of denial and distrust. He's middle-age, divorced, and estranged from his son, but he can still party hard with a sexy flight attendant and fly a jet airliner the morning after with the help of a line of cocaine. Their 9AM flight to Atlanta faces severe turbulence upon take-off, but it's nothing Whip can't handle with his skillful bravado intact. Having achieved momentary calm, he falls asleep at the controls after downing a couple of airline-size bottles of vodka mixed with orange juice. Suddenly the jet loses its hydraulics and descends uncontrollably with its engines on fire.

To the shock of his by-the-book co-pilot, Whip decides to invert the plane and fly it upside down to achieve some stability in order to maneuver a last-ditch attempt at an emergency landing in an open field populated with a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Miraculously, only six of 102 passengers and crew perish upon impact, and Whip is hailed as a hero much like Sully Sullenberger after he heroically saved a jet on the Hudson River. This exacting sequence is as thrilling as they come in the movies, and Zemeckis (Cast Away) brings a propulsive realism to what must have seemed like a fantastical idea in John Gatins' screenplay. What follows this life-changing incident is far less unique as it becomes clear that Whip's blood alcohol count was well over the legal limit during the flight, and the ensuing investigation could easily destroy his career and send him to prison on manslaughter charges. He gets help from former colleague Charlie Anderson, the pilots' union representative for the airline, as well as Hugh Lang, a severely humorless lawyer who is pushing hard to discredit the toxicology reports which prove Whip's unfit condition for flying. The ongoing public pressure of the case sends Whip into isolation at his late father's farm where he begins another downward spiral into alcohol.

He gets involved with recovering heroin addict Nicole whose own story of desperation is juxtaposed with his until they meet at the hospital and enter into a relationship. All this leads to a climactic hearing with the National Transportation Safety Board where his fate will be determined. Washington is onscreen for nearly the film's entire 139-minute running time, and his impassioned performance is fiercely without vanity. He is unafraid to show Whip's pathetic denial of accountability and brings a palpable face to his character's substance abuse. The supporting cast is solid with Don Cheadle lending a calm Machiavellian spirit to Lang and Bruce Greenwood a stalwart presence as unconditionally supportive Charlie. British actress Kelly Reilly (Mrs. Henderson Presents) sports a convincing Southern accent, but I found her a bit too languid as Nicole. In pure scene-stealing mode, John Goodman plays Whip's unapologetic drug dealer Harling Mays like he was redoing Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski. It's a comically anomalous turn but something of a relief especially during the sturm-und-drang of the film's second half. Speaking of which, Zemeckis and Gatins' unsubtle storytelling approach resuscitates all-too-familiar scenes of alcohol abuse that make the story feel more predictable than it had to be as the inevitable events play themselves out. Regardless, Washington makes the film eminently watchable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, but R-rated aspects unnecessary, March 20, 2014
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Let's face it, Denzel is just nice to watch whatever he's in. The film was entertaining, but I could have done without the R-rated aspects that were totally unnecessary (language, nudity). They added nothing to the film. Alcoholism fills that gap on its own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The movie had a good story line, March 12, 2014
This review is from: Flight [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)
Too much bad language. Would have been better without the nudity. The acting was good in the movie. It ended well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great portrayal of chem dep, January 2, 2014
This review is from: Flight [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)
Could have avoided the boobs and it would have been a 4 star. Good portrayal of chem dep and the effectiveness of AA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Oscar Nod for Mr D, May 29, 2013
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Just watched this movie with my g-friend and her mother last night for the 4th time. Denzell and cast are wonderful; John Goodman as a drug dealer was pitch perfect, and the whole idea of going from Hero and Zero within the space of one drink is well thought out, good pace, and jarring at times. Don Cheldle and Bruce Green Wood both deliver knock out performacne , but it is Denzell's performacne that take the cake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel is fantastic, May 23, 2013
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This is a fabulous and very real portrait of alcoholism. Had me loving and hating Denzel within the two hours!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Denzel's better movies, May 22, 2013
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This review is from: Flight (DVD)
I thought this film succeeded on all levels. Very suspenseful at times, top notch acting, lots of drama and flawless special effects. I can't say that about the last few efforts of Denzel, I have been a fan of his since "Glory," but to me, this was a big come back for him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful movie!, May 22, 2013
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Denzel Washington was that addicted pilot who had lied so much, the viewer wondered if he could ever find truth again. It not
only showed what addiction did to him...but all those with whom he came in contact, especially his family and close friends. The
betrayal and destruction spun out of his behavior and crashed into all those around him...very powerful..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLIGHT, May 22, 2013
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LOVED IT! (It's actually very informative...give it to a family member that has an addiction issue and don't tell them about it.) The movie is exciting in the beginning but then becomes apparent that it is about addiction. I'm very sure this goes on in real life. A MUST-SEE MOVIE! Enjoyed watching it! Anything Denzel Washington is in -- I ORDER!
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