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Old 10-25-2012, 12:19 PM
Flight



Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Written by John Gatins

Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo

Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence

Runtime: 139 minutes


Sounds like a welcome return to live action for Zemeckis. I'm quite honestly sick of seeing the trailer (reaching Shutter Island or The Soloist levels of play).
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:52 PM
Can't wait.

Just read that they are dropping it into 1800 theatres. This makes no sense at all. This should make $20-30 million, easily, with a 3000 theatre count. They've been marketing the hell out of it, it has a very interesting concept, the reviews are great, and you have a leading man who always opens well... why dump it?
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:31 PM
I'm very pumped for this and agree with all that Bourne said, but does anyone know the actual runtime for this? I seem to find every other site alternating between 139 minutes and 93 minutes. Obviously a huge difference, and obviously we'd assume the longer one is correct, but does anyone know for sure??
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:43 PM
Saw it a few weeks ago at NYFF - it's really good.

Kelly Reilly gives one of my favorite performances of the year and I'd love her to get a best supporting nomination.

Denzel is solid much better then his hack job in Safe House.

The screen play is top notch as well.

Full review - http://afterthecut.com/2012/10/14/ny...ght/#more-8734
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:43 PM
film is 2 hrs and 20 mins long
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:47 PM
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:52 PM
Leave it to Robert Zemeckis to find a way to tell a story of alcoholism in a fresh and compelling manner.

It looks amazing.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:08 PM
I too have already seen this and after seeing it I said that Denzel was a lock for, at the very least, a Best Actor Nomination.

On Rotten Tomatoes they have the run time listed as 1 hour 33 minutes... and I was pretty shocked, cuz the cut I saw was way longer, so I am glad to see this thread reporting the movie is a more proper 2 hours 20 minutes.

The beginning is such a master work, with the plane going down, Zemeckis really shows he is a master.

I also dont get why they are dumping this is only 1800 theaters, it is a major release, from a major director and a major star. But I guess they want to start it out like that and then have it build from word of mouth, which it surely will.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:40 AM
Big ass interview with Zemeckis here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwu7t...Muti02B5Ji38kQ
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:08 PM

It seems like every week I keep adding a film to my top 10 of the year (so far) list. Zemeckis is back with another great adult drama after spending most of the decade making motion capture movies. After an incredible first 30 minutes or so, I wasn't sure if the rest would be able to stay at that level, but it does (although in a different way). It looks at addiction in an interesting way that, combined with the rest of the plot, ends up raising plenty of moral questions. When we get to the end, Denzel's character essentially has three possible choices to make, and the way that Zemeckis, Gatins and Washington deconstruct the character throughout the film left me very unsure as to the choice he would make. The scene where he has to make that decision had me on the edge of my seat as much as the crash at the beginning. There are a few false notes, such as the eventual reaction of the co-pilot (a scene that starts well, but ends in a disappointing way), but overall I was completely engrossed throughout and happy that I got to witness the kind of great, mid-budget, well-acted, R rated adult drama that doesn't really get made anymore.

Spoiler:
And that scene near the end where Denzel snorts the coke to bring himself up is one of the best of the year. The way it cuts from Denzel lying down in the bed asking for cocaine to Goodman strutting down the hall with a bag of coke was a really great moment.

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:47 AM
I'm with Bourne. It's imperfect, but incredibly engaging -- I cannot remember the last time any film of this length flew by this quickly for me (much less on with material fraught with the possibility of becoming boring or repetitive). Denzel owns it start to finish and while the film is indeed flawed, his performance isn't. I'm glad he seems to be shoo-in for all the big nominations (although he won't wing of course). A good reminder of what he's capable of.

I agree with Bourne's overall assessment and drawbacks. On minor quibble though...

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the opening nudity rubbed me the wrong way. It just felt exploitive, especially given the character's outcome. Some might argue that it adds to the hurt by showing her in a "pure" state so close to her death, but the "crack" joke kindof kills that possibility I feel. Seems like Bobby Z just wanted to see her nakey for a while.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:03 AM
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I'm glad he seems to be shoo-in for all the big nominations (although he won't wing of course).[/SPOILER]
Intentional?
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:16 AM
The scene where Melissa Leo questions Denzel's character solidified Denzel as a guarantee nomination for best actor. Such an incredible scene, and Denzel is amazing in it.


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I only wish we got more of the immediate after math of that questioning rather than the movie immediately cutting to him having been in prison for more than a year already.



Good movie, very compelling with great performances. Denzel isn't the only one who is great. Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood turn in strong work too. As does Kelly Reilly. But as much as I admired this movie, as strong as it is, I gotta say, I didn't quite love it. I wouldn't put it up there with some of Zemeckis' great work like Contact, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump and Contact. Still liked it a lot though and am glad to see it doing well at the box office.

And yes, the crash scene is amazing too. Can't not mention it. Definitely an utterly gripping, fantastic moment. One for the ages.


Spoiler:
Another great scene is near the questioning scene where Denzel is at the hotel. After hearing some noises it takes him to the room next door. And you see all that alcohol. Oh, man what an intense moment. He'd been sober for over a week and now he has all this temptation in front of him. And for the longest time the camera just lingers at him staring. It's quite a while too. It's so unbelievably intense and suspenseful. Will he give in to temptation or not? You really don't want him to and then he does and you heart comes out of your chest! What a powerful moment!

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:37 PM
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the opening nudity rubbed me the wrong way. It just felt exploitive, especially given the character's outcome. Some might argue that it adds to the hurt by showing her in a "pure" state so close to her death, but the "crack" joke kindof kills that possibility I feel. Seems like Bobby Z just wanted to see her nakey for a while.
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Another great scene is near the questioning scene where Denzel is at the hotel. After hearing some noises it takes him to the room next door. And you see all that alcohol. Oh, man what an intense moment. He'd been sober for over a week and now he has all this temptation in front of him. And for the longest time the camera just lingers at him staring. It's quite a while too. It's so unbelievably intense and suspenseful. Will he give in to temptation or not? You really don't want him to and then he does and you heart comes out of your chest! What a powerful moment!
Needless to say, this is a very well constructed and well acted film. With the pedigree of those that created it, that should come as no surprise. The movie is a deep plunge in to the world of addiction. The flight itself or relationship drama really has little to do with the movie itself. It’s a long and sometimes tedious look in to the actions of one deeply troubled and addicted man. The story does draw you in and makes you actually cringe at some of the choices Denzel’s character keeps making. That really is the sign of a good film maker/director. Zemeckis ushers the viewers through this emotional maze. He does so visually and emotionally in a superb fashion.

Both those spoilers above are examples of what I'm talking about. During the very first scene, he uses a stunning nude woman to actually guide your eye around the scene. To me, there was nothing exploitive about it. Just stunningly beautiful and captivating. It also adds depth to Denzel being close to her and feeling guilt. When you have 90 seconds to establish intimacy, what better way? Later, Zemeckis turns up the emotional attachment by guiding the viewer through a character tribulation at a key moment in the film.

Still, the movie did drag a bit for me but it’s more than worth a watch.

8/10

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:22 PM
Saw this a few days ago, fucking fantastically brilliant performance by Denzel. Very damned good movie too. Not one that I have any interest in seeing again, but good nonetheless!
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:02 PM
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:29 AM
I really enjoyed watching this movie. Denzel of course gave an amazing performance. I know its a long shot. But I am rooting for him to win best actor at the oscars. I haven't seen the other performances yet. So I am pretty much biased.

When I first seen John Goodman's character. I thought of Walter from The Big Lebowski. Did anyone else think that?
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:10 PM
Loved this movie , and Denzel deserves the Oscar over DDL and JP.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:41 AM
Flight

First 5 minutes of the movie make the whole thing worth it, and if you've seen the flick you know what I'm talking about. Man, Nadine Velazquez is unbelievable...

The plane crash sequence is as tense as anything I've seen recently. It then becomes a different movie than you'd expect, but I definitely liked it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:30 AM
Rented Flight tonight and it was a great, intense ride. Denzel was perfect, by the end I was just begging him to put down the bottle. The plane crash scene and then the scene of him in the hotel so intense and powerful.
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