Movie Review: “Flight”

by Josh


Being an avid movie watcher, I have come to realize that some movies are just plain awful. Also you begin to see a trend forming that some talented actors consistently find themselves acting in a genuinely terrible films. Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robert De Niro are all examples of great actors wasting their skills on movies such as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Snakes on a Plane and Frankenstein. No actor can win an Oscar with every performance, but if Denzel Washington is in the movie, you know that it is at least watchable. Don’t agree with me? Try to think of a movie where he plays a significant role that isn’t a decent movie… exactly there isn’t one.

The Movie Flight although it was not the greatest movie ever watched, but it was defiantly high quality. The main character, Airline Captain William “Whip” Whitaker, is a tremendous pilot that has been doing high quality flying for over a decade. But unknown to all of his peers, he has an intense drug and alcohol problem, so much that he even resorts to the consumption of alcohol during one of his flights.

Whip is so accustomed to flying that he actually began to take a short nap mid-flight. Shortly after he began his slumber he is awakened by his engines failing, resulting in a tail dive and with no other choice, he rolls the plane upside down to bring it out of the dive and maneuvers the plane right-side up just before crash-landing in a field. He loses consciousness upon impact.

Afterwards he is treated as a hero, saving 96 out of the 102 people on the plane. But once a drug test shows that he was intoxicated on not only alcohol but also cocaine during his flight, his life is sent into a tail spin. He then has to face his alcoholism and drug addiction head on and the end of the movie he is sent to prison but is sober and healthy. Denzel did a wonderful job depicting the emotion that went along with “whips” problems and really evoked emotions out of all the movie goers.


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