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.
Excerpt: Action and thrills, jokes and funny stuff, or a little bit of romance. That’s what Hollywood serves us most of the time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good movie with a subject that’s a bit more loaded. And see!
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.
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.
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.
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,...
Excerpt: Robert Zemeckis can certainly handle air disaster, as demonstrated by the authentically scary plane crash near the beginning of Cast Away , which ranks with Raiders of the Lost Ark in having one of the best ever explosive-action movie first acts.
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...
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.