Becky and I went to see the new flick Flight last night at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO with our friends Mark and Maria. The Fandango website at Flight describes the movie as follows…
“Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he’s managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober — but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation…”
Flight is the latest Denzel Washington movie about a pilot who flew a commercial airplane under unbelievable circumstances. The plane had a major mechanical failure and he saved 96 passengers of 102 souls that were onboard when it crashed. It comes across as a true story, but it’s more Hollywood than anything, including the non-stop alcohol and drug abuse in the film.
The movie is getting great reviews. Denzel is amazing as an actor once again and all the acting in this film is very well done. The direction is not terrible, but the Director never takes us into issues such as showing how other pilots couldn’t land the airplane in the flight simulator. Unfortunately, the story is terrible and just focuses on the pilot’s personal problems for way too long.
I can’t figure out what people like so much about this film? It’s about a pilot who is an alcoholic and addicted to drugs and has zero self-control. After the plane crash, it’s all about his lies and messed up life. He flew the plane that ends up crashing, while under the influence and could go to jail for his substance abuse. However, he’s a functional drunk and a good pilot, so he pulled off an impossible feat. Should he get busted or get off the hook?
Flight is longer than a trip from Denver to California at 2 hours and 18 minutes, plus 20 minutes of Previews. I felt like I had been captured to watch a non-stop series of bad choices and experiences at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The story was not entertaining, but it was depressing. I don’t know about Maria, but the rest of us didn’t like the movie, but found it to be at least a half-hour too long. Mark got up and said he had a headache. I struggle with whether this falls into the category of Don’t Bother or an okay Rental. We’ll give it a rental at best.
If you want to see this one, we would suggest waiting for it to come out as a rental.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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