Flight | Movie Review
Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump), Flight begins with an amazingly dramatic first quarter that will most definitely scare you senseless: a realistic plane crash complete with tilting camera movements that could induce nausea.
In Flight, Oscar-nominated actor, Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker who is a troubled commercial air pilot. Addicted to booze and cocaine, Whip refuses to acknowledge that he has a serious problem and instead, drinks more Vodka with orange juice during the flight to help him cope. As the plane experiences some problems and is headed for a plane crash, Whip miraculously manages to steer the plane and saves everyone.
Overall, the story has great potential but for some reason, the film comes across as illogical and quickly descends into a story of a drunken man who has to confront his evil demons or pay the price for his mistakes. And that’s it.
As much as I love Washington, I find that his character boring. As stated above, the movie just revolves around Whip’s addiction to alcohol. My most favourite scenes are the ones where the plane crashed and towards the end, when Whip was being questioned at the trial’s hearing. Those scenes were probably the most compelling ones in the film. In all honesty, I found Kelly Reilly’s character to have more depth. Kelly plays Nicole, a recovering heroin addict who helps Whip and even manages to sign him up for Alcoholics Anonymous. Despite how the film doesn’t give her much to play with, Nicole becomes the most memorable character in the film.
This is terribly disappointing considering that Zemeckis has directed some of the most classic and timely movies of all time such as Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and of course, Forrest Gump. Somehow, Flight just fails to pull through.
Text by: Atika Lim
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