Last Minute Redemption
Release Date: November 02, 2012
Starring: Denzel Washington, John
Goodman, Kelly Reilly, Don
Cheadler, Bruce Greenwood,
Melissa Leo, Brian Geraghty,
Tamara Tunie, Nadine Velazquez
Runtime: 139 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Executive Producer: Cherylanne Martin
Producer: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie
MacDonald, Robert Zemeckis,
Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke
Writer: John Gatins
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The movie stars Denzel Washington as airline pilot Whip Whitaker. It opens with Whip and his lover, a flight attendant named Trina, getting out of bed after a night of debauchery. Trina is totally naked as Whip drinks some more alcohol, then tries to regain his sobriety with a sniff or two of cocaine. Cut to Whip striding confidently down the hotel hallway as he heads for work.
Whip and Trina are scheduled to take a routine jaunt from Miami to Atlanta. Before taking off, Whip secretly sneaks a couple mini-shots of vodka into his orange juice. Then, while taking off, the plane encounters terrible turbulence from a rainstorm. Whip decides to fly the plane at a steep angle to take it above the storm. By doing this, he gets the plane out of trouble, much to the great relief of everyone on board.
The stress and night of debauchery finally gets to Whip, and he takes a little snooze while the plane is entering the Atlanta airspace. Suddenly, however, the copilot has trouble with the tail, and the plane takes a sudden steep dive. Everyone goes into panic mode, except for Whip. He decides the only way to stabilize the plane is to fly it upside down. After a harrowing ten minutes, Whip manages to crash land the plane in an open field after it tears the steeple off a country church.
The media hails Whip as a hero. However, the government’s investigation into the crash landing threatens to reveal Whip’s substance abuse problem. A lawyer thinks he can get Whip’s alcohol level pushed out of the investigation on a technicality, but what about the two tiny bottles of vodka that turned up empty on the plane?
As Whip fights for his career, he meets a kindred spirit, a recovering heroin addict named Nicole. Nicole may be just what Whip needs, but his continuing alcoholism threatens to derail everything.
FLIGHT is masterfully directed and acted. The story’s troubled protagonist is clearly skeptical when it comes to faith, but his character is often forced to confront the God question and similar faith issues. Despite this, it isn’t until the very end that he really begins to face such questions. Until he does, the movie presents viewers with many scenes of sinful excess, including strong foul language. The nudity and substance abuse in the first scene, and the substance abuse and foul language in the rest of the movie, are clearly excessive. They warrant extreme caution. FLIGHT is a rough movie to watch, despite the profound ending.
FLIGHT is masterfully directed and acted. The script is brilliantly written. Also, the skeptical, alcoholic protagonist is often confronted by issues of recovery and Christian faith. Despite this positive content, it isn’t until the very end that he actually begins to confront these issues. Until he does, the movie presents viewers with many scenes of sinful excess. Those scenes include radical substance abuse, lots of strong foul language and a scene with excessive, explicit nudity. FLIGHT is a rough movie to watch, despite the profound ending.