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Flight – 2012


The trailers were intense, the cast was fantastic but the brilliant story was selling point.

An experienced pilot saves most of his passengers in a disastrous crash landing and is labeled a hero after his impossible and heroic achievement; the only problem is that following his medical examination, captain Whip Whitaker is found to have alcohol and illicit substances in his system.

With Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) at the helm and Denzel Washington giving the performance of his career as Whitacker, what could possibly be wrong with this? It simply sounds perfect!

The answer unfortunately is quite a lot.

“Flight” was surprisingly intense overall. The most disappointing thing about the film was it’s unnecessarily dark subplot involving Whittaker’s association with heroin addict Nicole.

After the synopsis stated that “alcohol was found in Whitaker’s” system, the foundations were laid for a solid and gripping drama. Yet the route it chose, to have Whittaker being an extreme alcoholic as well as a serial cocaine enthusiast was bad choice.

The supporting cast, including Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle and John Goodman are mixed in contribution and influence to the story.

Goodman; who’s character Harling Mays; a drug dealer and overall substance connoisseur seems lost in the screenplay and doesn’t seem necessary at all, but falls right into place with the film’s poor plot direction.

Cheadle’s lawyer Hugh Lang on the other hand is both crucial to the plot and is a standout performance. He provides the “straight guy” persona whilst adding humour and maturity to the seriousness of the plot.

The film works ultimately displaying the story of a fall from grace, but doesn’t fulfil it’s potential.

A major positive is soundtrack however. Tracks like Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” (a song about heroin abuse) The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” (a song sung from the point of view of Lucifer) and  Joe Cocker’s “Feeling Alright” (which bookends the film) are all highly relevant and symbolic of the themes explored in “Flight”.

Overall “Flight” is a turbulent thrill ride that had everything going for it. Ultimately it lost control, made a wrong move and crash landed in a messy, upsetting and disappointing way.



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This entry was posted on March 4, 2014 by in Disappointments.
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