- Title Flight
- Director Robert Zemeckis
- Year 2012
- Run time 2hrs 18m
- Genre Drama
- Tagline The most provocative film of the year
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars in this riveting and powerful nail-biting thriller from Robert Zemeckis, the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Washington) miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. But even as he's being hailed for his heroic efforts, questions arise as to who or what was really at fault.
Title: Flight Director: Robert Zemeckis Year: 2012 Run time: 2hrs 18m
Despite my ever-present fear of planes falling out of the sky, I desperately wanted to see this film, amid a growing respect for the work of one D. Washington. It looked interesting, the trailer sold it well, so we rented it as soon as it was available on iTunes.
2:40 - Two minutes in, heaps of nudity and swearing already. This may not be the film I thought! 5:57 - Oxygen hit! 9:41 - Those windscreen wipers are going massively fast. I’m not sure I knew planes had wipers. 13:18 - I don’t trust that to be the end of the flight story, else that’s a really short film. 17:59 - Curious how these two stories are interconnected. 19:27 - Does that fuel fall down to the ground? People below thinking there’s an odd kind of rain? 22:58 - “We’re alright, we’re flying.” In a manner of speaking. 25:22 - And they’re down. 28:24 - Bureaucracy stops him telling him crew member names. He’s the pilot! 34:04 - The plane was dope? Dope as in bad, presumably, not dope in Will.i.am’s vocabulary. 38:35 - The last thing you need when recovering from a weather-related plane crash is a thunderstorm! 39:54 - Ahh, there the stories collide. 45:45 - You meet a stranger in a hospital stairwell, do you give him your address? 47:59 - 127 voicemails!! 50:31 - My god, all those hiding places for alcohol. 55:04 - Toxicology tests not good for a drinker. 57:16 - That didn’t last long. 57:41 - It’s all the bartenders fault for saying “Just an orange juice?” in such an incredulous way. 1:03:19 - That’s an awful tattoo of a spider on her arm. What if she liked someone who was scared of them? 1:07:11 - Everybody likes baseball. 1:12:59 - He came out of the house and knocked on the door to the outside. Weird. 1:22:21 - No sad realisation just yet then. 1:29:25 - A farm in the middle of nowhere is a great place for an argument, no one can hear the shouting and it echoes around. 1:40:12 - Those paparazzi will find you wherever you go. 1:44:42 - Spongebob! 1:50:22 - Forty-five minutes to sober him up. 1:54:26 - John Goodman not really in this one enough to steal it. Fun though. 1:55:11 - ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ - lift music is always so pertinent, it’s incredible. 2:03:46 - If these questions are admissible in court, they are pretty poorly-worded.
It really wasn’t the film I thought it would be, far more “gritty” for want of a better word. Yes there was the nudity and the swearing, but for a change it didn’t feel gratuitous. It was a bit depressing in places, but laid open the hideous Catch 22 of being the only pilot who can save lives, despite being open to criminal action for doing so.
Overall a good film, but more about a battle with addiction than anything to do with the flight itself, I thought perhaps the trailer was a bit misleading, but I still enjoyed it regardless.
Rating: 4 / 5