#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there’s a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems…
Plot: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he’s managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober — but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.
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Powerful, well-acted drama watered down by a Zemeckisy ending
All the way until the ending I was eating this up. “Flight” is a tense, character-driven drama about a heroic pilot who averts an epic disaster only to be caught in the crosshairs of a long, ugly investigation of his life. It presents a highly complex story, weaving themes of heroism vs. arrogance, good intentions vs. bad results, and bad intentions vs. good results. For 80% of the film, “Flight” is on par with the greatest character studies since “12 Angry Men”. However, be prepared for a less than fitting ending, or at best an ending that was rushed so quickly that it leaves you wondering “did we miss an entire scene where the ghosts of Christmas past, present & future showed up?”
That’s the only negative I have, although it’s a big one. For the rest of my review I’ll focus on the positives. The biggest positive is, of course, Denzel Washington as pilot “Whip Whittaker”. He certainly doesn’t disappoint. The role is a challenging one: a man whose personal life is a disaster even though his professional life is spotless. His professional arrogance leads him to deny the failure of his personal life, and this is the conflict that makes the film riveting.
Although this film is squarely about him, there were some peripheral characters who really added to the pot. British actress Kelly Reilley pulls of a convincing southern accent (though southern sticklers may spot it as more “Alabama” than “Georgia” haha) and more importantly gives us insight into the mind of a damaged person who is genuinely trying to better herself, unlike our hero who denies his faults. Another great character, though minimal, is John Goodman who shows up as a bizarre, surrealistic “fixer” and adds tremendous color and humor to the show. The attorney for Whip Whittaker is excellently played by Don Cheadle who balances slick legal professionalism with utter frustration at his client’s self-sabotaging acts.
Even the action scenes were incredibly done, using a full sized commercial jet cut into sections and hoisted up on a weird contraption that made it flip around for the cameras. This is a first class production from start to finish.
It only falls shy of monumental because of its Zemeckisy ending, a trademark of many 80s directors like Spielberg and Ron Howard where everything has to be neatly tied up in a bundle with a moral ending, even if it seems out of left field considering the characters’ personality. But that’s just my opinion and the reason why I docked “Flight” a few points. You may find it perfect. Regardless I think everyone can agree that most of the film is phenomenal.
Flight brings Denzel back to greatness!
Robert Zemeckis’ latest film Flight starring Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington is not only thoroughly entertaining and terrifically structured, it encompasses a soul that Hollywood hasn’t really delivered in quite some time. The film, that closed the New York Film Festival, is simply one of the best films of the year.
Flight tells the story of Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot that saves a plane and nearly all its passengers from a certain death. When an investigation is carried out to look into the details of the crash, Whip’s troubling lifestyle begins to surface. Writer John Latins creates a dynamic and an internal narrative confrontation for viewers to become immersed in a story full of mental struggle. It’s a unique and very engaging story that stands as one of season’s best efforts.
Denzel Washington, and not to be taken lightly, is fully in the zone and portrays one of his finest screen moments in years. I haven’t been this impressed with his abilities as an actor since The Hurricane (1999). He lands solidly in Whip, giving us his natural aggression, charisma, and flaws. Allowing us to travel with Whip on this journey, Mr. Washington proves once and for all, he is one of the great treasures of American cinema. Denzel gives an access root into the character for all intended purposes, a clear understanding of the inner resistance that will not only plague Whip, but the movie audience as well.
The story doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for Robert Zemeckis, who has excelled in genres that have provided masterpieces like Forrest Gump (1994) and Cast Away (2000). As the film provides a more dark and jagged approach in his directorial style, Zemeckis executes with precision. It’s a satisfactory effort from the director who makes his return to live action after a long string of motion-capture efforts. Assisting Washington’s bravura performance is Oscar-nominee Don Cheadle, who teamed up with Denzel in the 90’s classic film, Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). As the wise-cracking lawyer, whose own moral values may be tested in exchange for corporate and criminal immunity, Cheadle is a relieved presence. In a comedic and near-brilliant performance, John Goodman steals Flight from every actor including Washington in his short, two-scene appearances. Goodman continues to show an effortless range, even in poor film choices, and a confidence that makes him one of the great character actors working today. It’s a performance that Oscar should consider on multiple levels. In a heartbreaking turn, Kelly Reilly as the drug-addicted Nicole, provides an emotional epicenter and boundary that stands as one of Latins’ great writing achievements. Reilly is simply marvelous.
Continuing to beef up their acting resume, the great Bruce Greenwood shines while Brian Geraghty continues to prove he is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.
Composer Alan Silvestri orchestrates an outstanding score that is both melodic and soothing. Cinematographer Don Burgess, once-nominated for Forrest Gump, gives clean, fresh camera lenses look into a shockingly dirty and gritty story. Zemeckis’ handle of the astounding opening scenes, especially the plane crash, is one of the best visual and nail- biting moments of the year. Its Zemeckis at his best!
Flight is not only one of the best cinematic efforts of the New York Film Festival; it stands as a great surprise and entry into the 2012 Oscar season. Denzel Washington is completely Oscar-bound but the buck shouldn’t stop there; a deserved consideration campaign should be given to John Goodman and Kelly Reilly along with screenwriter John Latins. Flight is a home-run!
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Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Robert Zemeckis
Writer John Gatins
Actors Nadine Velazquez, Denzel Washington, Carter Cabassa, Adam C. Edwards
Country USA, United Arab Emirates
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 43 nominations.
Production Company ImageMovers, Parkes/MacDonald
Sound Mix SDDS, Datasat, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Red Epic, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe (acknowledgement) (until 2012), Light Iron OUTPOST, USA (dailies) (as OUTPOST a Light Iron Service), LightIRON Digital, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate) (as Light Iron)
Film Length 3,797 m (7 reels)
Negative Format Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Redcode RAW (5K) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema