Paramount (Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jack Rapke,
Steve Starkey & Robert Zemeckis)
USA 🇺🇸 2012
W: John Gatins
DP: Don Burgess
Ed: Jeremiah O'Driscoll
Mus: Alan Silvestri
Denzel Washington (Whip Whitaker), Don
Cheadle (Hugh Lang), Kelly Reilly (Nicole Maggen), Bruce Greenwood (Charlie Anderson), John Goodman (Harling Mays), Melissa Leo (Ellen Block)
Disguised as a disaster/action movie by it's promotional
trailer, Flight is actually a sensitive drama about alcoholism & drug addiction.
Denzel Washington is brilliant as Captain Whip Whitaker, who
averts a plane crash using unconventional methods, but then finds his conduct investigated following the aftermath of the heroic landing, which lost 6 lives from it's passengers &
Denzel Washington rarely disappoints and thoroughly deserved
his Oscar nomination for best actor & all the supporting performances are excellent, especially Don Cheadle as Whitaker's lawyer, Kelly Reilly as a fellow drug addict & John Goodman, who
attempts to steal the show as a manic drug dealer.
Those expecting a plane crash adventure might be disappointed,
but I thought this was the best movie that tackled the subject of alcoholism since 1995's Leaving Las Vegas (qv).