Flight (2012)

2013 #83
Robert Zemeckis | 132 mins | streaming (HD) | 2.35:1 | USA / English | 15 / R

FlightAfter a decade locked away in motion-capture madness, Robert Zemeckis returned to the realms of the real with this Oscar-nominated drama. Its most high-profile nod was for Denzel Washington, starring as an airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane, but is revealed to have been high during the flight. Cue a film that attempts a grown-up account of addiction, but fumbles it, in the process missing the more interesting story of the crash investigation.

Supporting characters’ subplots stall and John Goodman’s comedic cameo is misjudged, leaving Denzel’s reliable performance and the incredible crash sequence the only reasons to watch.

3 out of 5

In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.

This review is part of the 100 Films Advent Calendar 2013. Read more here.

1 thought on “Flight (2012)

  1. Denzel Washington in an Oscar vehicle. Its exactly that premeditated, deliberate and soul-destroying. It was an okay movie but all the way through I felt like it was banging me on the head ‘Nominate! Nominate!’ it was really off-putting. Felt like a honed, deliberate Oscar-Winning Machine, and I hate self-important movies like that.


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