Flying is truly a spectacular experience for both the crew and passengers but in this movie they all got a little more than they bargained for. Flight, a Drama directed by Robert Zemekis, is absolutely a flying nightmare for everyone. Particularly in this case it would be veteran flight captain Whit Whitaker’s, played by Denzel Washington, worst flight.
After opening with a scene of a drugs, alcohol, and flight attendant Katerina Marquez, played by Nadine Valazquez, who’s more than revealing, we find Captain Whitaker quite hung over and clearly unable to fly but, have no fear! Cocaine is here! After snorting a few lines he’s back to normal state and ready to go. He arrives at the airport and gets all settled into the cockpit, prepares for takeoff, and they then depart once the crew has gotten everyone seated. After a clean takeoff Captain Whitaker has a couple of personal booze shots and nods off while Co-pilot Ken Evans, Brian Geraghty, watches the plane on autopilot. They fly lose control of the plane, including the copilots manual control. Whitaker wakes up and even in his inebriated state he manages to pilot the plane in a series of controls and fighting his flight control to land it somewhat safely after the scariest barrel roll, and emergency landing you’ve ever seen. This is when the battle begins against Whitaker as the causes of plane malfunctions lead to serious instigations for Whitaker.
Cinematography and Directing go hand in hand for this feature. It was filmed intricately to show key things that would often go unaddressed if not for Zemekis’ attention to detail. You’ll see important parts the over the course of the movie tie-in together to give the full picture of what happened between the very start and the very end. The picture itself is beautiful and so real you’ll feel like you yourself need to be checked into your seat and buckled up.
Once again I am astounded by Denzel Washington’s acting and the role he’s given. I would almost believe he was a pilot myself if I didn’t know. Washington really brings out the grittiness and realism of his drunk and addicted character. He also gives Whitaker real emotion when he talks to his son. Not only was this a very serious role but it was complemented very nicely with a laughable role to that one guy, (to some people a friend), that everyone knows and that’s Whitakers best friend Harling Mays, John Goodman. Though his role doesn’t take much screen time he’s very important and key to the storyline.
Flight also takes a bold stand in posing the question – Is it possible for there to be functioning alcoholics and addicts or does it not pay off? Definitely a no on the job but can they? Watch Flight and determine that for yourself. As an overall, Flight is a movie well worth watching more than once and definitely one to buy. It won seven of twenty-three nominations as well as two Oscar nominations. My rating 8/10.