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
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 »
Gaunt Young Man:
As soon as you realize that the random events in your life are God... you will live a much better life. You spend your life believing that you have all the control over what happens. Bullshit. The plane you're flying goes down? Out of your control. God gives you cancer. I have no control over that. Did God give me cancer? You bet your ass God gave me cancer. You think if I begged for cancer God would have given it to me? No... because I assure you I have begged for God to take it away - and ...
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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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