Sweet, sweet relief from some crazy Telugu biddas was what I craved for Friday and what I got in ample measure with the new Denzel Washington film Flight.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forrest Gump fame, Flight features vintage, ‘unstoppable’ Denzel Washington with a strong supporting cast and a rocking script (John Gatins).
Troubled Hero or Heroic Villain
In Flight, Denzel is airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker.
But Whip ain’t no hero nor is our pilot a dark villain.
Denzel’s character Captain Whip Whitaker inhabits a semi-dark territory.
A competent pilot whose moral compass is creaky but not completely broken.
Divorced, Whitaker is a cocaine-snorting pilot with an alcohol problem in a relationship with a beautiful, equally addicted air-hostess, Katerina Marquez (Nadine Velazquez).
Whitaker’s life runs into severe stormy weather after the plane he’s piloting with 102-people on board a routine Orlando-Atlanta flight encounters serious turbulence first and then basically shuts down and crashes into a field killing six-people.
Initially hailed as a hero and savior for saving most of the lives in the crash, the damning toxicology report is the first step on the rutted road to ruin.
The turbulence in the air is matched by turbulence on the ground, in the life of the red-haired drug addict Nicole (Kelly Reilly), who we see attached to Whitaker after the crash.
The picturization of the turbulence in the air and the seven minutes leading to the crash was good but not spectacular.
From Zemeckis, one always expects the moon.
Brian Geraghty (Ken Evans) in a brief role as co-pilot shines in the moments leading to the crash.
The movie has lots of energy, features all-round fine performances and is gripping in its entirety.
Denzel – Top Form
Hollywood A-lister Denzel Washington is in remarkable form throughout the film.
His plane may have lost hydraulics, lost vertical control and even be flying upside down for a few brief moments but the two-time Oscar winner is in excellent control of his character throughout.
For a man routinely given to lying, Whitaker’s abrupt change of heart at the end, during the government investigation into the crash, seemed more than a trifle unconvincing.
But that was a minor blip in an otherwise highly enjoyable film.
Going by the audience response in a hall that was 90% full, I’d say they were loving the movie.
John Goodman as Whitaker’s dope and porn supplier is a work of art.
The cocaine snorting session of the duo in the hotel room at a critical moment for Whitaker is both a visual and comical feast.
To sum up, I’d say Flight is a movie that will deservedly fly high with tons of moviegoers this weekend.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Flight. Hey, the movie is playing across Amreeka.
What you waiting for?