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Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Melissa Leo.
A seasoned airline pilot miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on the plane.
DVD, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation, described video; Dolby Digital 5.1.
My final thought on this movie was that it’s really too bad Denzel Washington has to go up against Daniel Day-Lewis this year at the Oscars. They should really give out more than one Oscar under special circumstances. Of course this was a fantastic performance. It was hard to watch in its realism of someone dealing with addiction. The flight sequences were really interesting to me on top of the suspense. I saw a report on the news just after seeing this movie about a pilot who landed a huge plane in Poland with no landing gear. I am in awe of people who can do things like this. The bureaucracy of the airline industry and their inquiries and regulations was also sort of fascinating to me. I had a hard time with the female character since all I could see was her from her role as the snooty Miss Bingley in ”Pride & Prejudice,” but Denzel Washington is a god of acting, so I didn't focus on that much.
This is more a movie about substance abuse/alcoholism than flying. You might construe "flight" as one man's flight to escape the reality of his problems. There is one scene near the end with John Goodman that doesn't seem to fit. Having said that I did enjoy this motion picture and Denzel once again earns his standing as one of the premier actors of this century. Grade A-.