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One of the best films I've ever seen,
This review is from: Flight (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
Now, when I first saw this movie I had no idea what it was about. I only knew that it had a tremendous Oscar-winning actor playing the role of a pilot. I had no idea I was in for such a wild ride. I will point out first and foremost that this is a very well put together piece of cinema. The acting, pacing, cinematography, character development is nothing short of top-notch. That being said, I can understand how marketing and trailers could have caused many people to become mislead to what the film would be covering as many of the negative reviewers seemed to have missed the point. This movie was about a plane crash in the way that The Shawshank Redemption was about escaping prison. Yes, those are both the fundamental plot points but they're more like a side effect of the central themes. (Not to say that the crash scene in Flight wasn't one of the most intense scenes I'd seen in years or that the prison escape scene in Shawshank didn't give me an all encompassing feeling of joy). But in my humble opinion, a movie shouldn't be spelled out for you in the trailers. Too many films do that already (mainly comedies/action/romance). Instead you should go into a film with an open mind and see where it takes you. Without giving too much away, you may be pleasantly surprised, as I know I was. This is the kind of film that makes you reflect on the choices you make. What you would do to save your reputation. How your words affect those around you. How your actions affect those you love. And how to find salvation when it feels like its impossible to grasp.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2013 7:56:45 PM PST
I wouldn't compare this film to Shawshank. In the second film the protagonist WAS innocent, so it really is a different story isn't it? The Flight movie is about external conflict leading to an internal change. Shawshank is all about internal virtue penetrating a broken system and broken lives. Please don't compare their quality and story:)
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 10:30:49 AM PST
E F. Varisco says:
If this is one of the best movies you've ever seen then you need to get out more.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 3:11:50 PM PDT
Why so rude? I'm sure the best movie you've ever seen will not be to the likings of everyone as well. I think you're the one who needs to ''get out more''!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2013 11:21:43 AM PDT
One of the best reviews. The film earned it.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2013 12:56:49 AM PDT
Trip Waddell says:
Hey guy, I wanted to apologize for the misunderstanding. I didn't intend to say that Flight and Shawshank consisted of the same theme. I was just trying to illustrate that my thinking that Flight was just a movie about "Denzel Washington saving people from a plane crash" was off base and that the story goes deeper than that. The same way if someone said Shawshank was just about "escaping prison" would be missing the point. Admittedly, I should've come up with a more concise analogy. It must have seemed to you like I was comparing apples and oranges. Although differing in quality and story I was merely trying to show love for two wonderful movies in their own right. Hope to have clarified this in some helpful way. :)
Posted on Apr 15, 2015 7:37:59 PM PDT
The W Collection says:
I work in film, media, television, broadcasting. Brilliant review .. excellent. Exactly.. Do you know that Leonardo DiCaprio, made a similar statement about trailers giving away too much now-a-days. Be satisfied. sufficient review.
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