Whoever says Denzel Washington can't act is silly, watch Flight and see his performance soar, this guy is a mighty talent. Washington is pilot Whip Whittaker, a drug and alcohol abuser who safely crash lands a plane, but when authorities look into the details of the incident and people involved, an alarming amount of alcohol is found in Whittaker's system.
Not only is Flight a nail biter but also an intricate character study, Whittaker's denial, shocking behaviour and idiocy take him on a rocky journey, you begin to question his ability and stability, and Denzel Washington is the perfect man to play this spiralling out of control man. Kelly Reilly is magnificent British talent, I loved her in Flight, playing a druggy who finds solace and comfort in Whittaker, and sort of grounds him saving him from descending into further trouble, Reilly is sweet and convincing, and Don Cheadle is excellent too as an attorney to Whittaker.
All this incredible acting is where this movie takes off. Not forgetting to mention the frightening and terrifyingly realistic plane sequence, my heart pounds and fists clench watching this tyrannical feat of engineering tumble from the sky upside down whilst the passengers and crew braise in fear, I have literally never seen anything like it in a movie. What follows the terrifying opening is an absorbing and impeccably written character study, that ends with a spectacular conclusion in which knockout talent Melissa Leo asks Whip what happened and his version of events, the tension here is riveting and the outcome in unseen. Do not miss this movie!