Wow, this turned out a bit different than I was expecting. First, I didn't realize it was rated R, so when I see a naked woman walking around, and then a bunch of "filthy" language, I was surprised.
I figured out where it was headed pretty early on, but found it quite powerful, regardless.
Denzel blew me away here. I've always liked him, but never found him to be an amazing actor. He really pulls off this man with serious addiction issues very well. I don't recall if he was nominated for this, but he should have been.
The actual flight of the title happens right in the beginning. The crash sequence is pretty harrowing and tense. Very well done. Denzel comes off like a freakin' superhero, and I liked that. To see everyday people do amazing things.
By the time we get to that culminating moment at the end, so much has built up inside us, that when he says those words, it's an emotional rush. Very well done.