Flight opens with Whip Whitaker waking with what seems to be one of many women in his life. He starts his day by finishing his beer from the night before and snorting a line of coke to erase the effects of the beer.
He then heads off to his “day job” of being an airline pilot.
Flight is a movie about an airline pilot who pulls off a miracle of a crash landing after a disastrous mechanical failure. The skill of the pilot saves most of the lives on board the craft. He used incredible and daring decisions to save the doomed airplane.
But post-accident investigations reveal a very questionable toxicology report about the pilot.
Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker, the pilot of that airplane and he delivers one heck of a role. A role where you are amazed at the talent of the pilot. Yet throughout the film, he also demonstrates a career drunk who has every single symptom you can imagine that range through excuses, anger, blame (on others), well, you name it, Washington demonstrates it all.
In the beginning, you only think he’s tided one on but as the film progresses, you realize he’s knee deep in a very real drinking problem. He’s so deep in this disease that it’s frustrating and angering to watch.
And that’s all I’m going to say. I feel like I might have delivered a bit of a spoiler about the movie, but I could not say anything about the movie without addressing the elephant in the room, so to speak.
Through it all, Washington makes the movie-goer truly dislike him and his need to drink. And you also end up truly disliking what the airline company has to do to get out from under the situation he created.
And despite hating him, you’re riveted to Washington’s character.
Robert Zemeckis (Real Steel, Cast Away) directed this story by John Gatins (Real Steel, Coach Carter).
Flight can be frustrating and yet pretty engaging. If I were to rate this movie, I could not disagree with the IMDb user rating of 7/10.
I’d recommend catching it in whatever format you can.