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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

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Camelia Satou
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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 was 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 Immanuel Ambhara

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Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence | See all certifications »

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2 November 2012 (USA)  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,900,566 (USA) (2 November 2012)

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$93,749,203 (USA) (8 February 2013)
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According to Denzel Washington, American company Delta Airlines granted the production team access to their official flight simulator, in order to learn some of the most common maneuvers pilots have to master in order to fly a commercial plane. See more »

Goofs

When the plane is out of control and flying upside down, the view from the house on the ground shows that the plane is only about 100ft above the ground, however the view from the cockpit window suggests the plane is flying about 2000ft above the ground. See more »

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Whip: This is going to sound real stupid coming from a man in prison. But for the first time in my life, I'm free.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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With a Little Help From My Friends
Written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
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Chix Chat on Film Review: Prepare for take off!
3 November 2012 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

Flight is the story of a commercial pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) who is able to land a defective plane with extraordinary skill, maneuvering it into an inverted position in order to slow the decent. We see this inverted flight captured in the trailer, but believe it or not this is not the most provocative element of this film. The story is so thought provoking that it will have you walking out of the theater questioning whether or not you could or would choose nobility over self-preservation. Most of what takes place behind the scenes looming like a predator waiting to strike is the blame game, with Whip continuously asserting that no one could have landed that plane except him. That point is supported but it's the collateral damage of his arrogance that is at the forefront of determining liability. The trailer also lets the audience in on the fact that Whip is found to have alcohol in his system as is discussed with Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle) who is the attorney brought in to defend Whip on behalf of the Pilot's association. Hugh was very straight and very narrow, which was the case with most of the characters aside from Whip. It was the dichotomy of Whip's persona so brilliantly conveyed in his mannerisms, responses, and facial expressions that makes the performance Oscar, Golden Globe, BET, Trumpet, Image, MTV and any other awards worthy. If Mr. Washington had uttered eight bars I would say he deserves a Hip Hop award or a Grammy, he was that convincing. I recognized this person that Mr. Washington portrayed so true to life, which is not just a testament to good writing, but mostly to the phenomenal acting talent that is Denzel. All the characteristics that made this individual a hero were the same characteristics that could potentially make him infamous. I will say that I as well as many fans am always open to greater insight into who Denzel is, however the rear view was totally unnecessary. The film does a great job of telling a story about the human condition, nobody is one dimensional and sometimes extreme circumstances make you write yourself a reality check. The question is when you cash that check will you be happy with the results. If you have any fear of flying this is not the movie for you. It will reinforce that fear and possibly cause you to swear off flying altogether. I give this film a green light.


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seriously? they sent him to jail for saving people's lives? otakutommychan
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