Flight – **1/2

Posted: February 27, 2013 in 2012, Drama, USA, XX1/2

It’s a bit fate/death-defying to watch a movie about a plane crash while in the air yourself, but it kind of gives an extra thrill. Those first 15 minutes are quite a riot to watch while you’re experiencing turbulence yourself!

However, this isn’t really a movie about a plane crash, but about alcoholism and how it can cause you to lie about almost everything.

Denzel Washington is great as an alcoholic pilot who manages to avoid a major airplane crash, by inverting the plane and diverting it to an open space. Six people do die however, amongst which two members of the crew. Heralded as a hero by the media, they soon turn against him when he mysteriously flees away and refuses to give an interview. Plus: a toxic report not only shows him to have been drunk while flying, he was also high on cocaine. If one of the victims’ families learns about this, he risks jail. This and many other stuff cause him to drink even more.

The many other stuff keep the movie entertaining even though it’s quite a simple story. This really is not about the plane crash at all. But I guess Flight was a more financially interesting movie title. My English isn’t good enough to know if it had a double meaning…

The directing is very good! A bit of a surprise to see it come from the guy behind Back To The Future and Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. And the acting is great in every single supporting role. There’s an excess of alcohol and drug abuse, but since it’s the movie’s main theme it’s functional and hence justified. Not sure if John Goodman’s Coensy character was all that necessary, but it adds a bit of humour.



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