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 script was first optioned by Denzel Washington's then agent Ed Limato who'd been kicking it around Hollywood for several months until Denzel showed interest. However, in order to get the film made with the studio's modest take-it-or-leave-it $28m budget, Washington and director Robert Zemeckis accepted a reported tenth of their usual salaries. See more »
When Whip wakes in the hospital, he is told that he is in a hospital in south Atlanta. Later, he looks out the window at the Concourse Buildings (The "King" and "Queen"), which are north of Atlanta. See more »
[to a nurse]
Honey, could you hustle us up a couple of daiquiris and a cocktail weenie? On second thought, just bring the booze, I brought my own weenie. Oh, she's offended. And she should be. I'm a pig. And I hate me. That's what we have in common, nurse Rached. We both hate me.
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Flight is one of the best films of 2012. Simple as that.
Telling the story of a commerical airline pilot who lands a crashing plane and saving over 90 lives, the film is always in control of our attention. Director Robert Zemeckis shows us what we've been missing while he's been directing nothing but animated films for 12 years. He has this great vibe in the film that is hard to explain, but it's great to look at. The writing is spot on, with some great moments that are only helped by the amazing acting from the cast. Washington gives one of the best performances of 2012, the century and from himself. His portrayal of this drug addicted pilot is nothing short of legendary and it really gets under your skin. Incredible.
Also, John Goodman is always fantastic and here is no different. He really adds that touch of quirkiness to the film that is more than welcome. He's also incredible (as always). Geraghty proves to be a great talent that shows us how a 'normal' person would react if they were co- piloting a plane that's plummeting towards the ground. Kelly Reilly is a big surprise here. I wasn't expecting her role to be that important but she makes it imperitve to the story moving forward. Greenwood is excellent and definitely overlooked in this film (and he's such an underrated actor in general). Finally, Cheadle gives a performance that is definitely pitch perfect (like the rest of the cast).
I think without this acting, the film would definitely fail as a lot of the time, the film does become a character study and thank goodness the actors really make their characters come alive.
So to conclude, Flight has a compelling story that should stay with you for quite a while. The acting is nothing short of exemplary, especially Washington who should hit home with many viewers. The direction and cinematography is excellent and will always give you the best angles. And the soundtrack is very, very good. Giving the film that ominous feeling, loss and just downright sadness that the film portrays. If you enjoy a great story that gets into your head, I recommend this film as strongly as I can.
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