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Flight
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Feb 18, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Robert Zemeckis

Actors:
Denzel Washington
John Goodman
Don Cheadle

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After the pilot of flight 227 makes a daring crash landing, saving 96 lives, his performance is brought into question when his toxicology report shows evidence of alcohol in his system.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I'll admit that FLIGHT is not a film I had any intention of watching prior to receiving it for review. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Denzel fan, but I've never been a fan of Hollywood trying to financially capitalize on current real world events. Especially tragedies. On the flip side, I understand and appreciate the value of a heroic deed and/or the calling out of such heroes, but the term "hero" isn't one that Denzel's character Whip exactly fits. According to the film that is.

Personally, after watching this (assuming that we're taking as accurate of a portrayal of Whip as possible in the film) I'm still on the fence with how I see the character. How do you like a pilot who drinks, smokes weed and does a rip of coke before a flight? Or continues to drink while the plane's in the air? Now greatness in one's field is obviously a factor here (again, if we can believe what they're saying about how not many--if any--other pilots could've done the same thing in his place), but it's hard to weigh in these terms. Would he have dared perform these tactics sober? Would they have yielded the same result? We'll never know. Hence, the confusion.

On the acting side, Denzel rises to the occasion as always. He's the man, and I was rooting for him regardless because it was him (probably why they chose him as the lead). Is he a good guy? Not really, but he's got problems and addictions like the rest of us. The AA meeting was a surreal moment for Whip and the audience, as was the threeway smoke in the Hospital hallway. The guy dying of cancer was pitch perfect. He understood his plight, embraced it and tried to council the other two lost souls put in his path. The whole scene was brilliant and gave the film street cred in my mind. John Goodman's character also lends some much needed perspective (going in the opposite direction, but still), which balances out the moments of dread and self-loathing.

FLIGHT is what it is, a monument to decisions and consequences that affect more than just the people making them. I liked the domino effect with Nicole's character, but again, much like Whip, you can't really like her much as a person. Don Cheadle was a breath of fresh air as Whip's lawyer, but in the wake of IRON MAN 3, I can't picture him as anything but War Machine at the moment. This is an Oscar bait flick, a true events tale, and a particularly sorrow filled one at that. There is redemption to be found, and a rewarding school of lessons to be learned from, but this is one of those movies you have to be in the mood for and actually want to watch. Most films are about escapism, us, escaping the rigors and misfortunes of life. A flick like this makes us take a step back and examine our own demons, and some people may not be as apt to do that as they might think.
THE EXTRAS
Origins of Flight: Here we have the screenwriter express his interests in making the film along director Robert Zemeckis; Zemeckis having pilot experience the John Gatins knows a thing or two about substance abuse. And we have a movie.

The Making of Flight: A short look with cast and crew at how it all went down during their 35 days of shooting. This movie is a prime example of why I hate flying.

Anatomy of a Plane Crash: For a flick based upon a crash, I didn't feel we saw much in this department. The prep work for it however, is by no means underwhelming.

Q & A Highlights: Hilarious, though it wasn't meant to be, because of all the peeps there to answer, Denzel--who I would assume would be the prime focus--was out sick.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers, a DVD Copy, an Ultraviolet Copy and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Most people know about the real events surrounding this film and as such, should know exactly what they're in for here. Performances are good, the story's interesting and even though the subject matter can be daunting at times, this is still worth checking out, but probably not worth owning.
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5:37PM on 02/18/2013
I think you're mistaken. This movie wasn't based on any real-life events. It's 100% fiction. In an interview with Matt McDaniel of MovieTalk, Zemeckis gave this response: MM: Was it inspired by true stories, or where there elements of truth that were worked into the movie? RZ: No, it's completely fiction. The movie draws from different incidents that involved airplane malfunctions from the last couple of decades, but [there is] nothing that it's based on that's a true story.
I think you're mistaken. This movie wasn't based on any real-life events. It's 100% fiction. In an interview with Matt McDaniel of MovieTalk, Zemeckis gave this response: MM: Was it inspired by true stories, or where there elements of truth that were worked into the movie? RZ: No, it's completely fiction. The movie draws from different incidents that involved airplane malfunctions from the last couple of decades, but [there is] nothing that it's based on that's a true story.
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