Friday, April 25, 2014

Flight - DVD Review

        I think there was a time when you could say that you couldn’t go wrong when you saw a Tom Hanks movie.   I felt much differently after seeing Charlie Wilson’s War and have not seen a Tom Hanks movie since then. 

        If anything, I would say that today you can’t go wrong if you see a Denzel Washington movie.  Yes, I did not like Training Day but there have been so many movies since then.  Deja Vu, my all time favorite movie, then Unstoppable. 

        I would put Flight up there with those movies as well.  The special effects of seeing Denzel bringing the plane down safely when it was falling apart, even going upside down.  It was really incredible seeing it on the big screen like that.  

        Of course, the movie had a great plot.  Denzel Washington plays a pilot named Whip Whitaker who saves nearly a  hundered passengers but four did not survive so thee was a chance that he could spend the rest of his life in jail because he had been drinking and taking cocaine in the morning before he went on the plane.  

         From there, the tension built even more because Whip is an alcohic and he has to do everything he can not to bring attention to himself by getting drunk throughout the movie. Of course, I’m rooting for Whip but he seems to be his own worst enemy.  

         John Goodman played a great part as Whip’s friend and someone who would help him get drugs when he needed them, leading to a scene when he had to get high in order to get rid of a hangover so he can appear at the hearing.   As a result, the movie takes several twists and turns and you never know what will happen next along with a surprise ending. 

          Flight had a great supporting cast as well.   I would give this movie five stars and can’t wait to see Denzel Washington’ s next movie.  

Ron Hummer

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