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!
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.
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.
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.
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...