Flight (2012): Denzel Washington; Don Cheadle; John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly
Flight is an action packed thriller focusing on a frightening airline crash and its aftermath. The film opens with Denzel Washington, Whip Whittaker, an alcohol and cocaine abuser, arriving to pilot the plane on just an "ordinary day". 102 passengers are safely buckled in as the plane soars into a violent storm while traveling from Florida to Georgia. The turbulence scenes sends chills down the spine as the plane maneuvers through the benevolent lightening, rain and ominous clouds.
Whip, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously lands the plane after a flight malfunction and is declared a hero, saving almost all aboard. However, questions arise, which leads to the confrontation of a personal battle as well as solving the mystery of landing. Bruce Greenwood, Charlie Anderson, is Whip's friend and the represents the airline union. Don Cheadle, Hugh Lang, is brilliant as the tough and gifted lawyer representing Whip. Kelly Reilly, Nicole, is Whip's love interest with a common bond. Of course, John Goodman, is downright hilarious as Harling Mays, a drug dripping supplier, creating comic relief to this messy tale.
Flight is a well told story with believable actors, Washington at his best, that grips the audience from start to finish. Of course, afterwards the thought of flying will be questioned and of course, the self destructive behavior in the flick definitely leaves one squeamish. All and all a thought-provoking, fast action and memorable film. Not for the "fear of flying" crowd! Nor, will the film EVER be seen on an in-flight airplane!