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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
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 »
Mobile phone footage of the plane crash is shown on news programmes throughout the film, but during the actual events of the plane crash there is nobody on the ground (as seen from the cockpit of the plane) in the correct position to have taken it. See more »
What the hell kind of meds they giving you? Alprazolam: that's generic xanax. Hydrocodone: that's generic Vicodin. Probably Canadian. Where's the dihydromorphinone? Is this amateur hour? Get that doctor in here; you just saved a hundred people!
Harling! Did you bring my smokes?
Yes I did. I got your medicines, and yes I got your smokes right here. Here's a fresh carton. Hell, if I was you, I'd fire up right here in the damn room.
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In his first live action film in 12 years, director Robert Zemeckis brings the story of an impaired pilot flying a stricken airliner to the big screen. As most reviews state, Flight is an excellent examination of character development. And, while the characters are indeed compelling, the overall story goes undeveloped.
Captain William "Whip" Whitaker is an ace pilot who struggles with various substance addictions. After a sleepless night partying with a flight attendant, Whitaker is forced to save his doomed jet as it plummets to the ground. However, the hero is quickly forced to go on the defensive once it becomes known he was intoxicated during the flight.
It is at this point in the movie, approximately 25 minutes in that Flight begins to stall. It quickly transforms from a riveting movie to one of unrealized potential. As the film progresses, it becomes clear that the two lead characters face internal demons that prevent them from leading normal lives. Yet what the movie's writers fail to do is fully develop its characters; never answering these questions
o Why was Whip the one pilot who could land that aircraft? o Is the relationship between Whip and his father the reason he is an alcoholic? o What internal demons is Nicole constantly battling? o Other than a drug dealer, who is Harling Mays?
Despite these character issues the movie could have been a success if it had only taken advantage by comparing and contrasting the lead character that of an ace pilot and his internal demons.
Unfortunately, Flight succumbs to a predictable ending. And, I was left to exclaim to the remainder of the theatre, "what was the point?"
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