Flight (2012) | Movie review

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Classication: 18
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 140 minutes
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, and Melissa Leo

Synopsis: “In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?” (UIP Malaysia).

Verdict: With films like Back to the Future and Forest Gump on his directing portfolio, this has gotta be one of Robert Zemeckis’ worst movies. Nobody can be sure if Flight was supposed to promote anti-alcoholism, or to promote the combination of alcohol and cocaine (not to mention about the nice and friendly portrayal of the drug dealer). Although it may not be morally clear or convincing, the plot’s an interesting one and it’s a well constructed platform to showcase one of Denzel Washington’s greatest performance to date. Many people I know criticised the film’s pacing and its redundant drinking scenes, but I’ve no idea the heck they’re talking about. Would I watch it again though? Nope.

Favourite line from another review: “At a certain point, great actors want to show us the truth of something that may be far from their lives but that somehow they understand, intimately, all too well” (David Denby, New Yorker).

Malaysian censorship: It released months ago so I didn’t bother watching it at the cinemas since it’s just a drama and it’s already available online in HD. But we can all roughly guess which scenes that our local film editors would chop off completely – the nudity at the very first scene, that’s like 2 to 3 minutes, and the multiple scenes with the characters sniffing cocaine.

Rating: 3 / 5


Summary of the ending:

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Isn’t Whip better off with alcohol? When he’s drunk, he saved lives, got free sex, admitted that he’s an alcoholic and
confessed everything, resulting to the reconciliation with his son. These are the
things that he may not have achieved if he wasn’t high so is it right for this hero to live without his power source?

What if Whip wasn’t drunk when the plane malfunctioned? All right, jokes aside. He probably
couldn’t have landed the plane the way he did, or he probably could’ve
done better and saved even more lives. Either way, he shouldn’t be drunk flying and he definitely deserved
his punishment because “he betrayed the public trust”. Like what he says at the end, it’s fair.


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