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I saw the movie “Flight” about a month ago and decided to shed light on this movie since it seemed to spark a lot of curiosity. I noticed this movie wasn’t highly publicized considering Denzel Washington is featured. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future“, “Forrest Gump“, “Beowulf“), this isn’t an action movie, but does feature a great performance once again from Denzel.

The plot of this movie goes something like this: Denzel plays Whip Whitaker, a divorced alcoholic and drug abusing airline pilot who has to make a short 100 passenger flight to Atlanta, Georgia. He does so after waking up to a night of sex, drugs and alcohol with one of the flight attendants. The day ensues and Denzel flies the plane as planned, doing so as he sips a little bit of alcohol while flying the plane.

A plane malfunction occurs and causes major flight instability; ultimately resulting in Whip having to make a quick unorthodox decision on how to perform an emergency landing with a breaking airplane full of passengers. The end results with an extremely dangerous landing, resulting in the death of several flight attendants and a couple passengers.

Of course, the airline company is under fire, and Whip is looking at a life sentence, even considering his what some consider a valiant and heroic effort in landing the plane, given the extreme circumstances.

The rest of the movie focuses on Whip’s relationships with his peers, as well as his estranged relationship with his son. Ultimately this movie leads up to Whip’s trial for manslaughter, where he faces a life sentence in prison.

While I was watching this movie, I was expecting a huge government conspiracy as many movies do; however, I was totally wrong. For those who have seen it, this movie really reminded me of “Unstoppable“, the Denzel Washington movie about trying to stop the unstoppable train. “Unstoppable” was also a movie of “what could happen” and not merely a flick about guns, crime, or action.

“Flight” can be classified as a drama that explores the well-being of his character, and is accompanied by several good performances, notably John Goodman, who plays Whip’s friend Harling Mays. I wasn’t really aware of many of the other actors/actresses other than Don Cheadle, who seems to be appearing all over the place in terms of movies from all eras. Denzel Washington does a great performance in playing his character, and this alone made the movie enjoyable.

Other than the actual airplane scene, the rest of the movie is simple in terms of its intensity level. Cinematography was simple but effective. This was nevertheless a great watch, except for how it ends…seriously I wish it ended differently!

 
– Christine Yau, IAFT 

I saw the movie “Flight” about a month ago and decided to shed light on this movie since it seemed to spark a lot of curiosity. I noticed this movie wasn’t highly publicized considering Denzel Washington is featured. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future“, “Forrest Gump“, “Beowulf“), this isn’t an action movie, but does feature a great performance once again from Denzel.

The plot of this movie goes something like this: Denzel plays Whip Whitaker, a divorced alcoholic and drug abusing airline pilot who has to make a short 100 passenger flight to Atlanta, Georgia. He does so after waking up to a night of sex, drugs and alcohol with one of the flight attendants. The day ensues and Denzel flies the plane as planned, doing so as he sips a little bit of alcohol while flying the plane.

A plane malfunction occurs and causes major flight instability; ultimately resulting in Whip having to make a quick unorthodox decision on how to perform an emergency landing with a breaking airplane full of passengers. The end results with an extremely dangerous landing, resulting in the death of several flight attendants and a couple passengers.

Of course, the airline company is under fire, and Whip is looking at a life sentence, even considering his what some consider a valiant and heroic effort in landing the plane, given the extreme circumstances.

The rest of the movie focuses on Whip’s relationships with his peers, as well as his estranged relationship with his son. Ultimately this movie leads up to Whip’s trial for manslaughter, where he faces a life sentence in prison.

While I was watching this movie, I was expecting a huge government conspiracy as many movies do; however, I was totally wrong. For those who have seen it, this movie really reminded me of “Unstoppable“, the Denzel Washington movie about trying to stop the unstoppable train. “Unstoppable” was also a movie of “what could happen” and not merely a flick about guns, crime, or action.

“Flight” can be classified as a drama that explores the well-being of his character, and is accompanied by several good performances, notably John Goodman, who plays Whip’s friend Harling Mays. I wasn’t really aware of many of the other actors/actresses other than Don Cheadle, who seems to be appearing all over the place in terms of movies from all eras. Denzel Washington does a great performance in playing his character, and this alone made the movie enjoyable.

Other than the actual airplane scene, the rest of the movie is simple in terms of its intensity level. Cinematography was simple but effective. This was nevertheless a great watch, except for how it ends…seriously I wish it ended differently!

 
– Christine Yau, IAFT 

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