An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.
A couple of days ago I made a blog post about which films are on my To-Watch list. Flight was one of the films that was on that list. I wanted to see this film because when I watched the trailer, it seemed like a great movie. I expected an exciting, action packed flight crash scene followed by an enraging case of placing the blame on the hero by accusing the pilot of wrongdoing during the flight. However, this was not the case.
The movie Flight starts of in a hotel room where you see Denzel Washinton in bed with a very bare chested girl, surrounded by alcohol bottles. After a not so pleasant telephone call with his ex-wife, he gets up to go to work. In order to wake himself up he does a line of cocaine and sets off for the airport. As soon as the flight takes off, Cpt. Whitaker knows that it’s going to be a bumpy ride with a lot of turbulence, but he is able to pull the plane through a rough patch into clear skies. That is until there is some sort of malfunction and the plane goes in a nose dive, straight to the ground. Cpt. Whitaker then pulls some daredevil move that a sober person never would have thought of, let alone tried. However, as it turns out, this daredevil move is the thing that saves almost everybody – except for 6 people, 4 passengers and 2 flight attendants.
Instead of being worshipped, Whitaker is being prosecuted for criminal negligence due to the drugs and alcohol in his blood. For the rest of the movie, the storyline is almost solely concerned with his struggle and failure to stay sober and how this is influencing his life.
Seeing as the crash part takes place in maybe the first 30 minutes, the biggest part of the movie is about his alcoholism and drug addiction. Now don’t get me wrong, I find this very interesting and I definitely enjoyed the movie. But, it was not what I had thought the movie was about.
Going into this movie thinking that it was an action movie, I thought that the movie was terribly long and that the storyline was very slowly developing. After the fourth relapse you get the sense of ‘yea yea.. we get it’. The plot seemed very interesting but in the end, it could have been more.
Had it been clear that it was a film about a man’s struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction and how it is affecting his family and his career, I would have probably enjoyed this movie a lot more. If I do look at this movie as just a movie about this subject, it is a really good. It’s realistic and fascinating.
In conclusion: It’s not a bad movie. Even more so; it’s a pretty good movie but it was not what I thought it would be. Therefore it felt long and in the end I was getting kind of bored. I don’t know if I would want to watch this movie again.