A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he is intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... Written by
The flight number, 227, used in the movie is a common superstition to those flights that have crashed where the flight number digits add up to 11. A number of spectacular airline crashes also had this feature such as AA 191, the DC-10 that lost an engine in Chicago and crashed in 1979 as well as PSA 182 that nosed dived into San Diego in 1978 (where the pilots and flight attendants had been drinking and frolicking the night before as overheard by passengers who got off the same plane in Los Angeles). See more »
While Whip is in his hospital bed, the NTSB agent sets down a recorder. The light on the recorder is "blinking" red, which means it is paused in recording mode. If it were recording, the red light would be "solid". It does turn solid at the end when the agent motions to turn the recorder off -- which is really "record". See more »
Paramount picture, so we see that lovely mountain.
Lead male is played by Denzel Washington. As film opens we see him waking for an early morning flight. The opening scene sets the scene for what is about to unfold, and so is not to be missed. Film moves quickly on to the flight, which encounters difficulties, to be blunt the plane nose-dives. The plane is going down (even while some stragglers are still coming into the cinema!).
Plane crash is done well by film and pilot. This is no rugby team crashing into the Andes Mountains. It is as dramatic, though the forced landing is not as destructive. Main theme of the film is how the crash effects Denzel Washington. In an interview, Washington says the film had nothing to do with the story of the plane that landed in the Hudson River, rather the story is about ten years old, and is based on a real-life event, thus the engineering and flying aspects are technically correct and actors used a simulator in preparation for the role.
Washington is a man with a good heart, but not a stout one, instead he is rather weak-hearted. After the crash, he meets others who have some effect on him. Washington is very believable as he deals with the emotions and situations that beset him. Nothing else however is to be expected from this great actor. Those who have seen him as the senior policeman in 'Training Day' or playing the gangster Frank Lucas, know he gives great performances of real depth, showing real human emotion, showing the bad in the good, and the good in the bad.
Some humour is injected with the appearance of John Goodman. Goodman who showed much pathos as Babe Ruth, who graced TV screens as the stage husband of 'Rosanne', is now gracing the screen with lovely cameo roles. However those who loved him in 'Argo' may have difficulty in spotting him. Not since Sean Penn was lawyer Dave, to his client Al Pacino, in 'Carlito's Way', have we seen such a transformation. It is as if that Argo film producer had been doing his own make-up for this film. Goodman is in only briefly but plays to the hilt his larger-than-life character. Supporting cast give good performances, but a special mention should go to a stalwart from the 'Law & Order SVU' TV series, who gives a very strong performance. There again, you don't spend years on a TV series without learning how to act.
In the main thread of the story, and the other threads, this film deals with adult themes. In the UK, it is rated 15. These adult themes are not hidden, and are central to the plot.
This film surpassed my expectations, and finding no fault with it, I must give it a 10/10.
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