Excerpt: Denzel Washington is perhaps my favorite working actor. I also lump him in with names like Robert Mitchum and James Stewart (good company to be in, for sure). Washington has two Academy Awards to his credit, the first for Best Supporting Actor in 1989′s Glory and the other as the baddest of the bad guys in 2001′s Training Day .
Excerpt: Pilot "Whip" Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is having a normal day flying a commercial airlines jet filled with passengers, but when a freak accident sends his plane into a nosedive, he has to think fast to land the plane safely. Declared a hero, Whitaker struggles in the aftermath when he's informed that his inebriated condition could put him in jail for manslaughter for those that died.
Excerpt: Denzel Washington is on fire from start to finish here as Captain William “Whip” Whitaker, the alcoholic airline pilot who starts the morning of his fateful flight with a few lines of cocaine and a vodka and orange juice chaser. When the plane suddenly and inexplicably goes into an uncontrolled nosedive at 21,000 feet, Whip snaps into action.
Excerpt: There is room in this world for movies big and small. Blockbusters that treat characters as archetypes and plot twists as checkpoints along an amusement park ride; as well as indie films that focus on realistic experiences of fully dimensional people. Each type of film requires a specific skill set, and while big movies can have small moments and small movies can build to big things, rarely does one filmmaker try to combine the two. It's even rarer when it works.
REVIEW: 'Flight' Soars Then Nosedives Despite Denzel Washington's Acting Aerobatics
25 February 2013
Excerpt: Flight , the first non-motion-capture feature Cast Away and Forrest Gump filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has directed in over a decade, is the kind of movie that, people like to bemoan, the industry doesn't make anymore. It's a solid, burnished work made about adults for adults and anchored by Denzel Washington in a role that calls for some classic star gravitas.
Summary: Making a movie about drug and alcohol addiction that is respectful, truthful, and entertaining is a tough task. ( Functioning Addict would’ve been a more appropriate title for Flight , but I don’t see people lining up for Functioning Addict on a Saturday night.) Though some of the lighter moments occasionally knock the story’s tone out of whack, both director and (especially) star deliver this difficult material with the same blunt-force panache Whip used to land his...
Conclusion: I was severely disappointed by Flight . I think it’s an overrated film, with lots of problems. The Blu-ray is stellar, though. The video/audio specifications are great but the lack of real special features drag it back way down. If you need to see the film just to see what folks are talking about then I’d recommend a rental.
Excerpt: The Film In a few short weeks, Denzel Washington could walk away with the Best Actor Oscar for Flight . With Daniel Day-Lewis snagging just about every acting award out there for his portrayal in Lincoln , it seems like a bit of a longshot. However, Washington's name is on the card. In other words, you pretty much know what you're in for with Flight .
Pros: Actors: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo, Director: Robert Zemeckis, Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Portuguese, Spanish), DVS 2.0 (English), Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1, Number of Discs: 2, Rating: R, Studio: Paramount, Blu-ray Disc Release Date: February 5, 2013, Run Time: 138 minutes, List Price: $129.99, Extr...
Excerpt: Audiences love to root for Denzel Washington. Maybe he is taking a high school football team through their paces or trying to stop a hijacked subway train. Few actors are allowed to be this centralized as a heroic figure, and in Flight , he drops it all expectation to create his finest character to date. Flight is a film about a journey and a need, Washington’s “Whip” Whitaker forcibly dealing with the death of his parents, a broken marriage, and disinterested son.
Conclusion: I had my doubts that Robert Zemeckis could return to form so easily after a decade of dabbling in motion capture animation, but Flight proves the director hasn't missed a beat, easily ranking among his better films and one of 2012's best. With strong acting, riveting subject matter, and proficient execution, Flight is substantial must-see entertainment.