December 17, 2014
Made me want to start drinking again. And also learn to fly an airplane. When I'm drunk.
December 16, 2014
Very powerful if at times manipulative movie. It was definitely not what I expected. It was more about one man's battle with his own demons (alcoholism) than anything else. And it was hard to watch for most of it, seeing him struggle so much and refuse to admit to anyone that he was struggling. Some parts were a little heavy-handed, but most of it works really well.
February 2, 2013
This was nowhere near what I expected from the trailer.
November 3, 2012
Flight is nothing less than awesome!! Writing and acting are great. Direction was good. The funny parts were great cause they seemed real. As in The Master this captures alcoholism pretty good. One kinda cheesy scene at the end, but nothing to really complain about.
October 22, 2012
This movie isn't quite what I thought it would be, but it still was a really good film, driven forward by Denzel Washington's predictably fantastic performance in the lead role. If ever there was a movie to demonstrate the evils of alcoholism, this is it. Washington's character Whip is his own worst enemy and his hard-drinking ways end up turning what could have made him a hero into something that makes him a pariah, someone who refuses the whole time to admit he has a problem or accept responsibility until the very end. The movie does have a few issues though. The somewhat random soundtrack is one, the sound mixing is another (the dialogue sounded way too soft to me - although that could have just been the copy I watched). In the end though, the movie is powerful and worth watching for its message and Washington's performance alone.
December 13, 2014
The majority of scenes in trailers and TV spots for this film showed the famous moment where Denzel Washington, whose plane is about to crash, minimizes the impact by flying the plane upside down. That is indeed a pivotal moment, but that is not the main basis for the film.
After said moment happens in this film, it goes in a whole other direction, but that's not a bad thing. After heroically saving the passengers on his plane, Washington's pilot character, Whip Whitaker, faces the possibility of going to jail because of alcohol found in his bloodstream. As the film shows, Whip is a severe alcoholic, as well as a cocaine addict, and the rest of the movie is about him trying to fight his addiction as he prepares for the formal inquiry he must face.
Washington is in fine form, and his Oscar nomination for his this film was well-deserved. Kelly Reilly is also good as Nicole, a heroin addict who begins a romance with Whip, and while the romance does form a good subplot, it also makes the movie about 20 minutes too long (it clocks in at about 138 minutes).
John Goodman and Don Cheadle are also good as Whip's drug dealer and lawyer respectively, and in his first live-action film since Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis shows he still has it as a director. This isn't the greatest film on all these people's resumes, but it's still very solid with more positives than negatives. 8/10.
November 30, 2014
"I knew I had to solve this problem," Sullenberger explained. "I knew I had to find a way out of this box I found myself in." In a brief, high-pressure situation, this pilot had to call upon all of his skill, all of his training, and all of his experience to save 155 lives. And afterwards, everybody called it a miracle. It wasn't a miracle-it was what the man was equipped to do. But that's the narrative that's stuck from that incident, and that's why it's disappointing that Flight couldn't find a way to correct it. They went to the trouble of making a loose dramatization of one of the most compelling stories of our era, and they went off and dramatized the wrong damn part of it.
NOTE: An exciting film with well executed drama and a terrible message about divinity over humanism.
November 30, 2014
Well acted, well crafted drama in the style that is rarely made in Hollywood these days.
February 10, 2013
It's nice to see Robert Zemeckis actually make a good film again. Flight presents a welcome comeback for Robert Zemeckis and also provides another showcase for one of the best actors in the business; Denzel Washington.
When your film starts off with a pilot doing a line of coke you know some bad things are about to happen. The film starts off with a very raw and unsettling plane disaster that is filmed absolutely excellently as is the rest of the film. The disaster also has really good effects, seeing as how it's the only part of the film where a big part of the modest budget would need to be spent, they used it wisely. Whilst the soundtrack to the film is good, there was one too many pre existing songs chosen and at points they become really overbearing to what's going on. I also like how the film stopped itself from showing needless sex scenes, right before I thought one was about to happen it cut and moved on, which I appreciate.
The cast in this film is excellent and is led by a powerful performance from Denzel Washington. He plays a great character that generates a lot of emotion from the audience, sometimes we love him sometimes we don't but he always manages to generate a lot of sympathy and I really liked him. The rest of the cast was great too, especially Don Cheadle and John Goodman, I felt like they should have been up for Best Supporting Actor they were that good, I wish we could have seen more of them though. Melissa Leo was good also and unrecognisable in her role, even if it was really small and really odd to see her in that role. Hell, even the cancer guy that is in one scene was great, he was a good character and likeable too and he was on screen barely 5 minutes.
The story is good and the film had a good pace, Whip is a complicated character and he doesn't make things easy for himself. Even though he did a great thing in the plane he was also doing some things that he shouldn't and the way the film goes on and how it is developed is very unpredictable and I didn't know where it was going to go next and it has a really strong ending.
That is, after the film got rolling. I did say that film had a good pace but it does stumble quite a lot in the first hour. I don't think we really needed to see the backstory for Kelly Reilly's character. True that it does give some build up to her, it would have been just as fine if they met where they met without all the other scenes. While her character is important and she does great in the role, for awhile the film just kept going, one scene with Denzel, one with Kelly and it kept repeating itself, it got annoying going from something I cared about to something that should have been edited out. But she does have a good arc and she does have a very powerful final scene even if, to me, it makes her opening scenes even more pointless.
The religious undertones bugged me also, especially because it didn't build to anything. It started off fine with the cancer patient talking about it because it made sense but it just kept going on and on and more people kept talking about it. If I was Whip and I got told that it's thanks to 'God's Power' that I landed the plane I don't think I'd stand for it. Whip had the power and skill to land the plane, not God. However, I did like that the 'Act of God' was a probable cause in the case though, probably because I wanted to see Whip go free. I also don't think the film really focused on one thing all that much, we see a little about his family, a little about his social life, a little about his potential love life, et cetera. These scenes are developed well and nothing feels poorly written, I would just have liked to have seen a little bit more instead of just seemingly dipping their toe in every little bit and calling it a day. You would have thought they would have been able to accomplish that in a film that's nearly two and a half hours, at least in my opinion, obviously. However, it keeps the pace going, nothing felt slow and it does give us insight into quite a lot that Whip does, so maybe that's why.
There wasn't very many of them, which probably helps my point, but there are a few scenes in this that are played for laughs and they really felt out of place, especially because of the heavy subject matter. The film also has a few time skips, nothing major, like anything that takes place over years but some scenes were edited strangely. There's a scene with Denzel and Goodman and they're laughing in a car and I think that should have faded out with the music into the next scene because it ends really abruptly but that's getting a little nitpicky.
It's nice to see Zemeckis doing a good character drama again but maybe he has not relinquished all of the bad habits he picked up from his foray into the animated realm which wasn't really as successful as his previous efforts, not including Roger Rabbit, of course, because that's fantastic. Denzel Washington's layered performance at the centre of the film is enough to give it a watch, he gives the story its impact and it will have you on the edge of your seat, especially at the powerful conclusion. And hey, it has Piers Morgan in it, so, woo?
July 6, 2012
saw preview tonight... looks GOOD!
November 15, 2014
Denzel & Goodman make this film come alive on-screen.
January 30, 2013
Great beginning.. Really gripping.. But lost its appeal somewhere in the middle and dragged on till the end
November 1, 2014
I really enjoyed this movie. I just love Denzel. I kept trying to guess what was going to happen & how it was going to end. Fortunately, It was quite unpredictable. I'll see this again.
October 19, 2014
1 1/2 * for the first 20 minutes....
October 19, 2014
Not at all what I was expecting from the trailer, this is essentially a character study of Denzel Washington's airline pilot Whip Whitaker and his struggle with alcoholism, after he safely lands a plane following a mid-air failure of components, while drunk and under the influence of drugs.
That entire sequence - of the plane more-or-less falling apart mid-flight, and his crash-landing of it - is really the best part of the entire movie: the rest, I found, to be pretty slow, yak-happy and just plain uninteresting.
Sorry, but just not for me.
October 18, 2014
Quality film. I figured that this would be overrated after all the hype it received, but this ended up being pretty entertaining. I like the fact that no matter how dark the story was, the film was able to shine a light and end on a positive note. The only thing that sucks about this movie is John Goodman, who's absolutely obnoxious.
October 13, 2014
Denzel does a great job portraying a drunk pilot with a corrupt mind.
October 11, 2014
Even though Washington is pretty good as the main character, it is the character itself that makes this movie enjoyable. Whip Whitaker is an alcoholic airplane pilot and after his plane collapses in mid-air, he manages to crash land plane saving almost everyone on the plane. The only problem is that he was drunk while flying, and as the film goes on he keeps drinking and that leads him into one situation after another. It is an interesting character study and the viewer gets to make a choice, rooting for him or wanting him to go to prison. Either way it is a brilliant character from the moral perspective. Altough that the films love story felt very forced and i didnt like the woman and some times the dialouge sounded a bit cheesy.
October 10, 2014
Denzel Washington: The Movie
October 4, 2014
Despite all the odds Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is able to land a plane safely despite severe equipment fail. In all reruns of the simulation all passengers are killed, making the landing all the more impressive, but there is a problem, and that was that he had few drinks prior and on the flight. This becomes the primary focus on the investigation, while Whitaker insists that had nothing to do with it and the simulations prove it. The Flight itself although is a primary plot point, this film is much more about addictions and how we will deny them and use excuses to cover up or deviate any aspect of the truth. The Flight itself being a microcosm of this denial and problem that many Americans have. Flight was a surprisingly good film and Washington and Zemeckis teamed up well.