The first hour of the movie was filled with action and mystery while the other hour and 15 minutes went crashing down like the flight 225 (referring to the plane crash in 1987 in Detroit). Although other critics say that “Flight soars” (Richard Corliss – TIME), I have to say even if the plane soars, it doesn’t mean it didn’t have “severe turbulence as well.
The movie focuses on Whitaker’s substance abuse along with Nicole Maggen’s (played by Kelly Reilly) addiction to heroine. TO say the least, this movie left me yawning and I dreaded those 138 minutes. As a fan of Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis, who directed Academy Award winning movies like “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away,” I expected more action, more mystery, and more romance.
“Flight” started off with action then suddenly switched to mystery and then to romance in a very predictable way.
Parts of the movie were decent, but unless you watch the first hour then stop and come back for 15 minutes then leave again and watch the last 10 minutes the movie is not worth it.
The biggest let down of this film was the predictable aspects. Of course an alcoholic is going to give in when confronted with a mini fridge filled with booze. Of course the guy is going to get the girl. The most predictable of all is that Whitaker, who was high on narcotics when the plane he was flying went down, is going to jail.
Despite what has been said, the only thing based on a true story in “Flight” is the flight number and the relevance to the recent plane crash of flight number 1549 in the Hudson River in New York City on Jan. 15, 2009. Do not buy into the stories this film is very loosely based on those events.
“We lost all power! Brace for impact!”
This quote was said by Whitaker during the devastating yet somewhat thrilling dive. Unfortunately this was the only part of the film that kept me at the edge of my seat while other scenes left my head on the seat with absolute boredom.
“Flight” has a great concept and some thrilling moments but when it comes down to keeping the audience’s attention I give it a two out of five stars. What a letdown. Save yourself some money and see something else.