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Denzel Washington in “Flight.”

Movie Review of Denzel Washington's new movie “Flight.”

"Flight" stars Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker, plays with fire and enjoys it but is soon forced to be seated in his own hot chair to face some facts. He's an airline pilot who's an addict and an alcoholic. In my opinion the movie succeeds in being an adult drama, as it will have you on the edge of your own chair. It’s a real crowd-pleaser.

An hour into the flight his plane starts having major mechanical failures while en route to Atlanta forces Whitaker to make an emergency landing in an open field. Engines explode and parts go flying and just before this scene we shockingly witnessed Whitaker having no trouble inhaling a line of cocaine. Along with the jolt of in-cabin oxygen combined with a clandestinely self-mixed pitcher of vodka and orange juice, you can’t help but feel intensely overwhelmed as you see the passengers aboard the plane panicking. It’s also frightening to know that Whitaker holds everyone’s life in his hands with so many intoxicants in him.

Miraculously, he lands the malfunctioning plane with only a few casualties. Despite the odds Whitaker soars like an eagle and comes across as if he was Sully Sullenberger as he controls the aircraft during some highly heretical maneuvers and saves the day. Though shortly afterwards the National Transportation and Safety Board investigates the crash and Whitaker faces lawsuits, even prison time, for criminal negligence due to his actions. The question then becomes is he a hero or a villain? Both?

There’s a legal battle of course and we’re confronted with the complex character of Whitaker, as he is now both distrustful and nervous. Suddenly this man not only flies airplanes but also is now in flight of his own life. The facts of him having to deal with his demons end up costing him more than his freedom as we’re introduced to the reality of his private up-side-down world.

To make matters worse he meets Nicole Maggen, played by (Kelly Reilly). A young woman who faces an addiction crisis of her own who is trying to recover from a near-fatal heroin overdose. The Romance is short-lived but they do remain good friends.

The courtroom scene seems to have Dooms Day written all over it when he’s faced with the truth of who drank the missing vodka bottles.

Washington’s ability to deliver the right amount of agony from a soul in torment never let’s us down. The film can’t quite live up to his earlier performance standards but that doesn’t mean you won’t be thrilled.

Watch the Movie Trailer here.

Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity

Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

Written By: John Gatins

Running time: 135 minutes.

I give it a B- as Denzel does give a great performance in this drama.

Though story line is a C because it's all been said and done before.

Hasn't it?

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By HomeRearedChef on December 11, 2012 at 05:02 pm

Angie, first let me say that I've yet to see a movie with Denzel Washington that I don't like. That said, everyone I've heard say they've already seen the movie (mostly women) love it! So I DO plan on seeing the movie.

And thank you for a very informative review! :)


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By melanie jean juneau on December 11, 2012 at 05:54 pm

i am with you Virginia

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By Angie Alaniz on December 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

You won't be disapointed as who wouldn't love Denzel?

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By HomeRearedChef on December 12, 2012 at 12:37 am

Now that's what I'm talking about, Angie! :)

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 13, 2012 at 03:50 pm

I love Denzel Washington too and also Samuel Jackson...I seldom go to the movies though, as I prefer to just wait and buy the movie if I think I will like it. lol explains why I have more than 500 movies...well written Angie, thank you :-)

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By Uttam Gill on December 14, 2012 at 04:14 am

This review certainly beholds my imagination and raise curiosity to watch this movie ...sound interesting......Angie you always write so well

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By Angie Alaniz on December 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

Thank you ladies!

@Uttam - Flattery gets you everywhere ;)

Thank you!

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By darinlhammond on January 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

I don't hear about new movies much, and I appreciate your helpful reviews. We have similar tastes, which is helpful. You are a wonderful writer, Angie! And, versatile.

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