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An excellent drama follows an extraordinary opening sequence,
This review is from: Flight (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
After a series of mainstream action flicks, Denzel Washington stretches his acting chops again as Whip (really?) Whitaker, a seasoned pilot for a regional airline. Whip is so good at what he does, that he also manages to bed one of his flight attendants (stunning Nadine Velazquez) and gets plastered the night before seemingly without consequence.
Hung over as he is, he straightens out by polishing off warm beer with a couple lines of cocaine as a chaser. I don't know if that works in the real world but it does for Whip. Some of the TV ads give the impression that Whip is a hero by pulling off a Sullenberger landing maneuver (he does) but is being hounded because of a small amount of alcohol was found in his system. Make no mistake this guy was hammered and should not be flying.
Still with the help of a little vodka, he manages to control a doomed airliner saving the vast majority of the passengers. Unexpectedly once the NTSB/FAA begins their investigation, Whip feels invincible and doesn't slow down. Washington performance stands out of course. He plays a realistic drunk and seems to have all the facial tics, bobs and wrinkles on full throttle. Washington gets plenty of supporting help along the way. Kelly Reilly is a reformed druggie that gets involved with Whip after a hospital meet. Brian Geraghty is Whip's born again co-pilot. Tamara Tunie is the supervising flight attendant and longtime friend. Bruce Greenwood is Whip's union chief. Melissa Leo is the lead federal investigator. Don Cheadle is his lawyer and John Goodman brings some needed comedic relief as Whip's "Goodtime Charlie" supplier.
It all works, including the great flight scenes leading up to the crash and some well-placed rock classics. Director Robert Zemeckis must be the go to director when it comes to simulating plane crashes. Remember the dizzying ocean ditch in "Cast Away?" "Flight" is a first class drama filled with excellent performances that follows an extraordinary opening sequence.