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Flight [DVD] [2012]

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  • Release Date: 01/24/2017
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (362 out of 383)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Flight
    In Robert Zemeckis' drama Flight, alcoholic pilot Whip Whittaker (Denzel Washington) does a miraculous job crash-landing a plane that has suffered a severe mechanical breakdown in midair, however the mandated investigation into the incident will inevitably lead to the discovery that he was flying the plane while drunk and on cocaine. As he attempts to sober up, Whip befriends a fellow addict he meets during his post-accident stay in the hospital. Soon he fails in his attempts to white-knuckle himself to sobriety, and with the help of his favorite drug-dealer (John Goodman) and his lawyer (Don Cheadle), Whip must prepare to testify about what happened on that fateful flight. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Denzel Washington
      Denzel Washington - Whip Whitaker
    • Don Cheadle
      Don Cheadle - Hugh Lang
    • Kelly Reilly
      Kelly Reilly - Nicole
    • John Goodman
      John Goodman - Harling Mays
    • Bruce Greenwood
      Bruce Greenwood - Charlie Anderson



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 383 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Denzel Washington shines

      Posted
      Treydle
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      After an amazing display, the world hails you as a hero. But, even with that, you still might spend the rest of your life in prison. What do you do? Obscure the truth and save yourself or admit the truth and face the music? Captain William “Whip” Whitaker (played by Denzel Washington) is an airline pilot with impeccable skills and a personal life in shambles. After a night of intimacy and intoxicants, Whitaker and flight attendant Katerina Marquez wake up and prepare themselves for a scheduled flight to Atlanta. Whitaker greets his co-pilot, the naïve and devoutly religious Ken Evans (played by Brian Geraghty), and flight attendant Margaret Thomason (played by Tamara Tunie) and then prepares for take-off. After deftly piloting the plane through turbulence, Whitaker mixes himself a drink, turns on the auto-pilot, and goes to sleep. The plane goes into a steep dive as it approaches Atlanta which rouses Whitaker from his slumber. Both Whitaker and Evans attempt to halt or at least slow the plane’s descent, unsuccessfully. Whitaker then decides to roll the plane so that they might glide in at a safer angle. During the maneuver, Katerina (Whitaker’s companion from the previous evening played by Nadine Velazquez) unbuckles her seatbelt to help a child who’s been unseated thanks to the maneuver. In the interim, the engines flame out and the plane is now gliding to earth. Whitaker turns the plane right side-up, the plane crashes, and Whitaker loses consciousness. Now injured, Whitaker wakes up in an Atlanta hospital and is met by a friend and representative of the pilots’ union named Charlie Anderson. Anderson (played by Bruce Greenwood) tells Whitaker that of the 102 people on board, 96 survived the crash. Katerina, with whom Whitaker had spent the night preceding the crash, was among the six fatalities. Whitaker’s injured but will leave the hospital in a matter of days. While in the hospital, he meets another patient named Nicole Maggen while smoking in the stairwell. Maggen (played by Kelly Reilly) is in the hospital as a result of an overdose that occurred as the plane was crashing. After the hospital releases him and he is picked up by friend, neighbor and dealer Harling Mays (played by John Goodman), Whitaker elects to avoid the press by staying at a farm owned by his deceased father that he has been trying to sell. He drives to a meeting with an airline where a lawyer named Hugh Lang (played by Don Cheadle) tells Whitaker that a blood test performed after the crash showed Whitaker was under the influence and that he could face prison time, no matter what the ultimate cause of the crash. Whitaker is the very definition of an anti-hero. While he succeeds in saving the majority of the crew and the passengers, he struggles with a myriad of personal issues including alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Goodman’s character, while he is a supplier, is hardly a salesman. He simply serves the needs of a demanding customer. The character of Nicole Maggen offers little more than perspective as we watch her turn her life around while Whitaker continues down a dark road and attempts to take her with him. Cheadle and Greenwood play morally ambiguous characters who know Whitaker broke the law but hope to keep that a secret. While this may not be as triumphant as director Robert Zemeckis’s last live-action film, Cast Away, it’s a well-made, well-written, well-acted film and I’m glad I saw it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The [Fasten Seatbelt] sign is lit

      Posted
      lllllll0olllllll
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      ***SpoilerAlert*** or Public Service Announcement Beware surgeons and airline pilots have access to O2 Oxygen. So? If you've ever had a screaming hangover and the knowledge that those are brain cells suffocating and crying out with there last breath for air, better yet oxygen: So? If your surgeon or pilot over indulged prior to the time it to providing the service you're paying for they might huff some O2 and carry on unsmartly. Thus said, cockpit cocktails at 30,000ft, tested by an uncontrolled dive (plummet), leveling out inverted and follow with a steeple crushing glide into terra firma. That's the fun part of the film. Then an endless stream of diverse labels of beer and liquors maybe to avoid suit or endorsement of any one particular beverage company. It's about redeemption maybe or it parallels the state of the nation or the screenwriters were simply projecting something of their own lives. If you like Denzel, air travel, connecting flight with air medi-evac, every special price beer, NTSB, Dr. Feel good, mini-bars better stocked than actual bars, unions willing to go to Faustian heights to exonerate a Member you might be a frequent flyer.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of Denzel's best performances

      Posted
      ARCO
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is more than just a movie about a pilot who saves a plane from crashing. This is about a man who tries to save his own life from crashing despite every bone in his body telling him it's impossible. For people dealing with substance abuse (and those around them), this is a deeply relatable story about people trying to find their way through the darkest times in their lives despite the great things they may be capable of. Flight is also a return to form for Robert Zemeckis after years of putting out animated features. His first live action film since 2000's Cast Away (also based on a spectacular plane crash), Flight marks the return of one of the most imaginative and technically proficient filmmakers alive. This Blu-ray release is one of the best I've seen this year, with absolute top quality video and audio presentations. It may be a little short on special features, but at the current price ($16.99) it's a great purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great drama!

      Posted
      mchrist

      Warning - This movie contains a ton of alcohol abuse and hard drug usage. I've read review where people were disturbed by the drug and alcohol abuse, but for this story it is definitely in context and not overdone. It paints the awful picture that alcoholism and addiction can be, unlike when media leads you to believe otherwise (especially with alcohol advertisements). Denzel Washington makes you believe him, feel bad for him, and for many out there you may be able to relate with the problems he faces with addiction. If you'd like a good drama that will tug at your emotions and if you can tolerate drug and alcohol abuse, this is an amazing movie. If drug and alcohol abuse is too disturbing for you to watch, avoid this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Great Thought, but too much of the unexpected

      Posted
      iNexxFear
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      There was way too much inclusions of drugs (heroin, cocaine) and drinking (hard alcohol) to overcome the basic plot of the story. While it plays into the factor of what happens there are ways that this could have been changed in my opinion. After watching the movie I sold it as its nothing I would ever want to watch again.... Its definately not for kids to watch because of things that they say or do or items that you may want them to learn.... In reality I can't believe TIME gave the movie they did on the front, I'm beginning not to believe critics anymore!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good movie, not kid friendly.

      Posted
      5395
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      I purchased this movie as a Christmas present for my grandmother because she loves realistic movies, and this seemed to be pretty much based on real things, if not a specific event. We were surprised by the graphicness of this movie, as there was a sticker over the rating box, and the description on the back says nothing about that. Overall it was a good movie once you get past the drugs. inappropriateness and cursing. (I have nothing against these things, but they were very unexpected.)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Denzel's Best

      Posted
      mustacho
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      Any movie with Denzel gets seven thumbs up, and yes, I have 7 thumbs. It's a birth defect. Anyways, the plot and direction of the movie was not what I expected when I sat down to watch it. I thoughts it would be more of an action flick than a drama, which turned out not to be a bad thing at all. Denzel, of course, steals the show with his amazing acting super powers. John Goodman, despite his limited role, was hysterical. Anyone who gave this 3 stars clearly was not watching the same movie, fact.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie

      Posted
      Debsbbr17
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      Denzel gave a stellar performance as an "in denial" alcoholic pilot. The film had a slight religious flair as he realized there was a power greater than himself guiding his actions during the mechanical failure that caused the plane he was flying to crash. He realized he could no longer control his alcoholism and admitted he had been drinking the night before and during the flight. The movie contains some nudity and foul language.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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