(Robert Zemeckis, 2012)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: Robert Zemeckis' return to live action filmmaking is a masterclass with standout action and drama headlined by an Oscar worthy Denzel Washington.
Oscar winning filmmaker spent the last decade solely in CGI and motion capture, directing the likes of 'The Polar Express', 'Beowulf' and 'A Christmas Carol' - three films that had the drive of his earlier works 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and 'Back to the Future' but lacked the dramatic resonance of his Tom Hanks classics 'Castaway' and 'Forrest Gump'. With 'Flight', we are reminded just why he's such a talent.
Denzel Washington is on Oscar nominated form as Whip Whitaker, a functioning alcholic and coke addict who just about holds it together enough to pilot passenger jets. As he boards the plane he's still drunk, but Zemeckis makes that fact the least of the pilot and the audience's worries as he builds layer upon layer of suspense to finally create one of film's most terrifying air crashes (even better than his own one in 'Castaway').
It's no secret that Whitaker's actions save the flight from certain catastophy. The real juice of the story comes after this initial half an hour. While some viewers may see the the resulting drama as lesser fare compared to the nailbiting opening, this is where John Gatins' Oscar nominated script really takes off.
'Flight' makes an interesting case that Whitaker saved the passengers because he was drunk and numbed away from panic. He's a mess when he's sober, but razor sharp when he's wired. The film also examines what makes a hero as well the public's addiction for clinging on to one to a point whereby they have to know everything about him.
Then the film adds another layer whereby the airline is investigated, prompting Whitaker to try and cover his tracks to save his career, reputation and deeper secrets. It's this segment that gives Washington a real chance to shine ala Ray Milland in 'The Lost Weekend', putting in one of cinema's greatest drunk acts.
As the narrative progresses, the line between hero and villain blurs. But this isn't just an aviation thriller or an addiction drama. Really, it's a film about identity. A pilot is a label, a job title, not a man of character traits. At what point should his wings be clipped? When should he take his head out of the clouds? 'Flight' is a film that examines mechanics of emotions. When it hits, it really soars.
Check out the trailer for 'Flight' HERE at Cinemas Online
Other film news
'Avengers Assemble' star and Oscar nominated 'The Kids Are Alright' actor Mark Ruffalo has revealed that he has actively campaigned for a role in the new 'Star Wars' film - regardless of how minor the part may be.
Oscar nominated director David Fincher is teaming up with one of crime fiction's most renowned writers - David Fincher - for a new HBO series.
Oscar winning actor and producer George Clooney will direct 'Hack Attack' - a film drama about the British phone hacking scandal that targeted celebrities, politicians and royalty.
Carried to her grave in a mahogany casket by six pallbearers, Rivers was laid to rest in New York city - the place where he storied career took off.
Following a reported massive Apple iCloud attack, hackers have leaked numerous images of celebrities including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Television's biggest night, the Emmy Awards, was dominated by the swansong of 'Breaking Bad'. Stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn took home awards while the show itself won the big one for Best Drama Series. On the comedy side of things, 'Modern Family' won yet again.
Richard Attenborough, the multi-Oscar winning filmmaker and character actor, has died aged 90.
Veteran 'Harry Potter' franchise director David Yates ('Order of the Phoenix', 'Half-Blood Prince' and both parts of the 'Deathly Hallows' finale) will return for the forthcoming spin-off trilogy.
Lawrence Tureaud, or as the world knows him: Mr T, recently reported for jury duty in Chicago.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is now reportedly in a relationship with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, according to E! Online.
In the wake of the devastating shock suicide of Robin Williams' suicide, the comic and Oscar winning dramatic actor's wife has released a statement.
If any of you have seen the 2002 documentary 'Lost in La Mancha', you'll know just how much director Terry Gilliam has struggled to bring his film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' to the big screen. Ill cast members and set destruction led to his Johnny Depp-led nearest attempt being scrapped before shooting could be completed, but now it looks like the 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' filmmaker will get another shot.
'Terminator: Genisys' is coming. And that's not a typo.
Oscar winner Jon Voight isn't happy. In fact he's 'more than angry'. The 'Mission Impossible' and 'Coming Home' star has given fellow Oscar winning actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem a dressing down in an opinion piece he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.
Film studio Lionsgate has launched legal action against the online pirates who shared a high-quality copy of 'The Expendables 3' weeks before its official release.
The forthcoming live-action film version of 'The Jungle Book' has added another big name to its cast - 'Ghostbusters' star Bill Murray has just signed on to play Baloo.
'Scream' and 'E.T.' star Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica has been found dead.
The producers of 'King Kong' prequel 'Skull Island' are reportedly keen to get Joe Cornish to direct the big budget spectacular.
After 'True Detective' racked up Emmy nominations in the double figures, it's been full steam ahead on the second season.
Dave Legeno, the 50-year-old actor best known for playing werewolf Fenir Greyback in the later 'Harry Potter' films, died while hiking in California. It has now been revealed that he died while in Death Valley.