Flight

Flight

DVD - 2013
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A seasoned airline pilot miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on the plane.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2013, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen (16:9) version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (138 mins.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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PHAERTE1
Sep 01, 2017

A+

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GinaFin
Jul 03, 2017

Oh my, WHY did I waste my time on this one?! I thought it might be worthy to spend 218 minutes on because of pilots and airline based film. I wanted to be a pilot growing up and love to fly so I rented this movie at the library. I'm SO glad I didn't spend a cent on it! This movie is a disgrace to the airline industry.
First of all, a co-pilot is going to report an intoxicated pilot! It was obvious that Denzel's character was intoxicated. The co-pilot even said later that he reeked of gin. Like I said, this movie made a complete farce of the airlines.
Pilots must be issued a medical certificate and must renew it regularly after an exam from an aviation medical examiner specifically licensed to give medical certificates. My dad was a road engineer (drove the trains) for Santa Fe RR for 30 years and had to pass a medical exam and alcohol/drug test each year by a physician who gave exams in accordance to Santa Fe guidelines. So Denzel Washington's character could not have been an alcoholic, druggie for years without the airline knowing it.
Well, Hollywood provides entertainment that is not always based in fact. It is not likely that a jet transport airplane would fly inverted for an extended period of time. Rolling a commercial airliner and flying for like that - very, very low chance. It was just not realistic.
The producers and directors couldn't even keep things consistent! Anyone who has any knowledge of airplanes would see that there is a MD-80 airplane in one scene and some kind of regional jet in another. They think we wouldn't notice?!
This movie had vulgar language, full nudity of one woman that added zero nothing to the movie. Other than the airplane scenes, it was very boring. Denzel Washington's character was an arrogant, rude jerk.
I do not recommend this movie whatsoever. If you want to see a good airline movie, watch "Sully". That movie was fact-based and realistic.

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texasbooks
Oct 16, 2016

Another plane crash movie. Densel Washington was a good actor. But I don't believe a pilot would ever fly a plane upside down!!! Good they saved most of the passengers but still not a great movie at all. The airport movies were a lot better for sure

If you're a Denzel Washington fan, you'll enjoy this film. He nailed the character's addict swagger. Denzel's walk is different for every character he plays. John Goodman an entertaining surprise. Okay, flying upside down probably not realistic, but thrilling nonetheless. Nudity necessary to plot and explanation of lifestyle and anti-hero's tribunal scene decision. Enjoyed the cast of characters and pleasantly surprised by the ending.

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swathi_gardas
Dec 15, 2015

This was way boring flick

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harry124
Nov 22, 2015

This movie is very upsetting to me as I hate plane crash flicks and this scares the living daylights out of me!
Michael

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DesLi
Nov 09, 2015

Typical Hollywood movie. Entertaining!

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Dino789
Aug 27, 2015

I don't know about drug dealers, but as far as aviation goes, this movie is totally ridiculous and unbelievable. No one could fly a commercial jet upside down; it would immediately plummet to earth and kill all on board. I was angry that the movie made it seem like, if the pilot is good enough, they could pull this off. The copilot was also unbelievable; if he thought the Captain had been drinking, or was high on drugs, he should've immediately picked up his bags and left the airplane. The weather on departure was so awful, no sane pilot would even depart under those conditions, and no one these days would stand at the front of the airplane in terrible weather making a PA announcement while opening liquor bottles in the galley. The movie is completely absurd and ridiculous. The only good part was at the end when the Captain ends up in jail where he belongs. No one who is such an addict would be able to fly adequately, much less exceptionally. Take heart, air travelers, pilots like this would never fly for long; they'd be caught and fired pretty quickly and deserve it.

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mythos2014
Aug 18, 2015

A heroic alcoholic pilot whose life spirals more out of control based upon lie upon lie and a life of denial while drowning himself in drugs/alcohol to deal with his personal guilt/loss.

M_ALCOTT Jul 11, 2015

After watching the movie, Flight, it got me thinking about some of the plane crashes that have happened(old and recent). The one that stuck out for me, that even comes close to what played out in the film, is Captain Sully's crash landing on the Hudson. And I know Captain Sully is NO Whip Whitaker. For one: Sully was sober. Two: He didn't have to fly the plane inverted(upside down). And, Three: He landed his plane on water, NOT in a field. But, it still got me thinking. What if, hypothetically, we found out after the Hudson plane crash that Capt. Sully was drunk and high at the time. Would that change our perception of the plane crash? Or, Capt. Sully himself? Flight brings up these questions and doubts about Capt. Whip Whitaker. I thought Denzel gave a great performance, as a troubled, alcoholic pilot. The supporting cast acted their butts off too. You know a movie is really good when you find yourself either yelling at the screen, or wanting to shake and/or smack sense into the lead character. And the scenes, in the plane, leading up to the crash landing, left me feeling like I was on a scary roller coaster ride with the passengers. I plan on rewatching this movie.

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GinaFin
Jul 04, 2017

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rem85
Apr 15, 2014

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Sep 29, 2013

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adrax
Aug 02, 2013

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

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ElspethG
Jul 15, 2013

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btmslt Jun 11, 2013

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Jun 06, 2013

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slarsen
Dec 13, 2014

Other: Does not play - must be damaged.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

Other: The protagonist is an alcoholic drug user, which is essential to the plot. He also smokes plenty of cigarettes. He is shown snorting cocaine, as well as other characters snorting cocaine and shooting up heroin.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: An accident is conveyed in a very vivid and realistic fashion. It may be intense and frightening for some audiences. There are also scenes of heavy drug use.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

Sexual Content: One woman is seen fully nude frontal and behind. No frontal male nudity is shown, other than a shirtless torso. Male backsides are shown, including that of protagonist Whip. Sex is implied a few times, but never explicitly seen.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

Coarse Language: The f-words and mf-words are used a number of times. Profanities, blasphemous phrases, and rough slang are used frequently, but the words tend to blend into the background and aren't used for shock; they flow with the story and their use makes sense.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

Violence: The violence is minimal in the conventional sense, but blood is spilled in an accident. Dead bodies and injured survivors are shown. People scream in pain. The protagonist's eye is damaged and bloody and shown in close-up. The violence is more of that nature.

btmslt Jun 11, 2013

Other: This film deals with mature topics such as alcoholism.

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mrsgail5756 Aug 01, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

mrsgail5756 Aug 01, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

"Honey, could you hustle us up a couple of daiquiris and a cocktail weenie? On second thought, just bring the booze, I brought my own weenie. Oh, she's offended. And she should be. I'm a pig. And I hate me. That's what we have in common, Nurse Ratchet. We both hate me."

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2013

"What the hell kind of meds they giving you? Alprazolam: that's generic xanax. Hydrocodone: that's generic Vicodin. Probably Canadian. Where's the dihydromorphine? Is this amateur hour?"

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btmslt Jun 11, 2013

An alcoholic and drug abuser air plane pilot manages to complete the miraculous landing after a mid-air mechanical problem on an airplane makes flying the craft difficult. However, the role his addiction plays in the landing is the question for the NTSB to answer. Also, how and weather the pilot can recognize his problem with drugs brings this film to a end.

cdsrus Mar 30, 2013

The Lost Weekend meets The High and the Mighty. Denzel is good, too bad the script wasn't.

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