After summoning amazing skill to safely land a damaged passenger jet, pilot Whip is initially praised for the feat. But the crash leaves him with questions, and soon the government inquiry reveals Whip may have been intoxicated at the time of the plane crash.
Denzel Washington (Whip), Bruce Greenwood (Charlie), Kelly Reilly (Nicole), Don Cheadle (Hugh), Nadine Velazquez (Katerina), Tamara Tunie (Margaret), Brian Geraghty (Ken), John Goodman (Harling).
Flight starts off well, launching straight into the events which set the plot and tone for the rest of the film. The plane crash scene was a nice action sequence but really, the only action in the film. From there the story is all about the drama and an interesting presentation of alcoholism. The film spawns several threads engaging the topics of love, morality, mourning, and others but in such a way that the story continues to move along at a good pace and remains engaging through the end.
Acting was very good from Washington here. He did a great job of presenting the scattered mentality of an alcoholic with a wide range of emotion and energy. Reilly played against Washington nicely and delivered good emotion herself. Greenwood and Cheadle were nice choices to support while being antagonists at the same time. Goodman was hysterical and fit his role well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were simple but solid. The exception being the plane crash sequences which were well done. CGI felt quite realistic while being appropriate for the film, and the action scene was quite an adrenalin rush. Dialogue was good throughout the film with nice depth and variety. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall Flight is a unique film that takes a deep look at both commercial flight and alcoholism leaving us with a very well done hybrid social drama and deadly disaster film. The story has very good acting, a somewhat unique plot, and wide breadth of variety. Those who enjoy a solidly emotional film will enjoy this one the most.
With sexuality, nudity, drug and alcohol abuse, foul language, and a disturbing disaster scene save this one for older teens and above.
Flight is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Deadly Disasters, Social Issue Dramas
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