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NO DOUBT OF DENZEL WASHINGTON'S SKILL, BUT THE STORY IS PORTRAYED AS A VERY ROUGH ONE
on November 16, 2017
I, too, am a fan, but had I known how the story unfolded, I would have made another choice, being familiar with different kinds of addiction and how they change one's life.
From the other reviews, I didn't grok how it was presented: it opened up at the very beginning with alcoholism, casual sex without caring, love or
continuity, drug abuse, domestic abuse (not only his character, but others'),dysfunctional relationships with family and friends, and lies, lies,lies,
topped off with a wonderfully outrageous drug king played by John Goodman. We see the depravity in which this very talented pilot is living, but keeps hidden from coworkers and friends, so it's like seeing behind the screen: we, the audience are privy to his very worst, while those who respect and depend upon him are treated to his "best."
However, the apex of the story is his utterly amazing , intuitive rescue of this passenger jet with fatal internal damage, landing it in an open field because there is no where else for it, and managing to save all but a few people, costing 2 their lives, the others injured. That feat alone is so
awe-inspiring, it's almost worth the effort to watch the very disturbing drama. The crash, though, is what precipitates what is both his downfall,
and salvation. Lawyers, investigators, fellow employees, friends and officials circle round as the very professional investigation goes forth. There is one utterly stunning dramatic moment, when, after lies, lies and continuing lies, right in front of the head official, his coworkers and friends, he hangs his head and says "I just cannot tell one more lie." and finally admits that he was drunk during the flight, drunk the night before, and on coke the night before. The denouement is his healing time in jail, not a very long sentence, considering, and the final scene is his estranged son
coming to visit him in jail , doing an interview on "the father I never knew."
I gave it a low rating only because I was not prepared for the long, very sordid lead up, not because of poor acting or story. Could the producers have handled that differently? I don't know and don't really care. I am not condemning or judging, just expressing what was too uncomfortable for me. You may find a different experience.