I watched Flight before going on a plane trip, a plane trip that was riddled with extreme turbulence and technical problems. Thankfully Flight was a walk in the park compared to that and any crash that you can walk away from is a good one.
After a daring maneuver saves most of the passengers and crew aboard a doomed airliner, the pilot comes under investigation for substance use that may have prevented him from avoiding all fatalities entirely.
Flight is equally compelling as it is gripping – that should be enough to get any drama fan into the cinema. If drama isn’t your thing, the performances are more than worthy of your cash.
The Bottom Line
Now that Robert Zemeckis has ended his tenure in the animation industry (I think most will agree that those motion-capture movies where awful), the creator of Back to the Future and Forrest Gump has finally returned to live action cinema. Zemeckis hasn’t lost his touch for drama and Flight is a thoughtful and at times terrifying look into to the idea of the tragic hero and the idea of heroism in light of responsibility. Is man judged by his actions or his choices? Flight addresses this issue and I was very divided by the outcome of the film, as will most viewers I believe. There’s a reason why Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s leading men, and Flight proves that his form is as good as it ever was; his performance is poignant and convincing, once again proving that Zemeckis knows how to cast his characters.
Flight will not pray on your fears as the film is not about a plane crash, it is about ethics and moral obligations regardless of the outcome, and this is where the film ultimately succeeds.