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Slow and predictable--alcoholic finally confesses,
This review is from: Flight (Amazon Instant Video)
The plot device, that a staggeringly intoxicated man can perform some outstanding feats in an emergency, doesn't do much to move the plot beyond the first few scenes. It poses the question, can he do the right thing? Well, he's seriously endangered people's lives on the road and in the air for years, but so long as he gets clean, that's what's important right? So the main character concludes at the end of the film. The main character is intensely alcoholic. And where can this film go? Either he fesses up at the end or he doesn't. This is Hollywood; he does. Of course, due in no small part to the chronic alcohol and cocaine abuse, the character doesn't have much left to lose by the time he confesses but maybe we are meant sympathize with his realization of just what a moral crud he has been. So after the first few scenes the movie, limps towards its obvious conclusion. Washington does a decent job of appearing like an alcoholic that maintains rather well at very high blood alcohol levels -- thanks in part, supposedly, to prodigious applications of cocaine.
If you like Washington, you might enjoy the film. But for many, it will be a bit of a slog. Ray Milland's "Lost Weekend" wasn't any more accurate but it was more involving.