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An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.
Robert Zemeckis
Denzel WashingtonDon CheadleJohn Goodman
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Kelly ReillyBruce GreenwoodMelissa Leo
Robert ZemeckisWalter F. ParkesLaurie MacDonaldSteve StarkeyJack RapkeCherylanne Martin
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MSReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
graphic nudity
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This video had sustained, graphic nudity in the opening scene. This was totally unexpected, I am not sure how it did not have an X rating. We chose not to watch it any further. Definitely not something I expected from Denzel Washington, and not something I would ever choose to watch, especially with my children.
57 people found this helpful
CariReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A story within a story
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First of all, for the people who reviewed this movie as one star because of nudity and language, you should probably stick to G rated movies. This movie is rated R and it is was not made for children.

With that out of the way, Denzel Washington is terrific in this film as he usually is. While the movie does start out with a plane crash, it dives into something much deeper. The movie tackles not only substance abuse but the state of denial that is packaged with it. One of the most frustrating situations one can ever experience is watching someone destroy their life while all the while denying the problem exists. This is a tough subject, and it was handled quite well. This is a very good movie all around.
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ProfessorReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling morality tale, and a probable tear jerker
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Several critics, both professionals and Amazon reviewers, have complained that this film starts out as an airplane disaster but then becomes a morality tale about addiction and alcoholism.

I say so what, if it's done well--and it surely is. Denzel Washington has never been better. He's played a good guy / hero type in so many movies, it's rather shocking to see his dark side. We saw that in the 2001 film _Training Day_, in which he played a really crooked cop, and he pulled it off splendidly. _Flight_ was 11 years later, and he still has the juice. Except this time, his problem is alcoholism. And unfortunately, he's a commercial airline pilot.

After waking up with a nude flight attendant in an Orlando hotel room, Whip Whitaker (Washington) takes a hit from a joint, swigs the dregs of last night's beer, and snorts a line of cocaine. In the next scene, he's walking down the hall to his next flight, looking like a million bucks in his uniform.

The plane crash, which happens in the first 20 minutes, is hair-raising. Director Robert Zemeckis is no stranger to disaster scenes, having filmed a really scary one in the 2000 film _Cast Away_. But he's also no stranger to emotional morality tales. This is the man who directed _Forrest Gump_.

Once in the air, Washington miraculously lands a mechanically failing airliner with 102 passengers in a Georgia field (right next to a Baptist church, whose members assist in helping the survivors (Symbolism, anyone? And it will recur a few more times). He is still messed up from the night before, and he surreptitiously drinks three mini bottles of vodka during the flight.

All but six passengers survive. Whip is hailed as a Sully Sullenberger type hero. But questions remain about his sobriety, since the NTSB routinely draws blood from the flight crew. He was over the limit, which could make him criminally negligent.

Since Whip is being investigated, you would think he would stop drinking. But no....He keeps on keeping on, swilling liquor and beer every night until he passes out. In spite of a female friend who is recovering from her own addiction and tries to get him into AA, he can't stop himself. He's in the classic state of denial: "I drink because I choose to." We're appalled by him when he's drunk, but we also have hope for him because he's a great guy. The film puts us into the the classic dilemma of anyone who has ever loved an alcoholic.

There are a couple of minor issues: The film is a bit too long, and the John Goodman character, Whip's drug dealer, is hilarious but rather incongruous in a serious story. Nevertheless the finale at the NTSB hearing is unforgettable. No spoilers here, but the truth prevails.

You could watch this film multiple times, just to appreciate the nuances of Washington's acting. This is, without doubt, one of his top two or three performances.
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Sharon LangeReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Complete and total trash!!!
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Watched 10 minutes and quit. Heard the f word over and over at least 30 times..saw a naked broad full on over and over..then they started showing the men naked. What a waste of our money. This is the biggest piece of trash I’ve ever seen. We missed the first hour on tv so rented it ...what a mistake. If there was a minus 10 star rating that would be too good for this.
25 people found this helpful
Poet And PriestReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adventures in Getting the Point
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Awesome film.

The one-star reviews are what's known as 'adventures in missing the point' — his drunken debauchery IS the point — at least of the first 90% of the film ... or rather, of a descending percentage from beginning to end.

Geez. You can't complain about Denzel's character being a drunk when the whole point is that he's a drunk, and will he find a way out. AA and other progs of its kind speak of hitting rock bottom, 'the last house on the block,' and 'no matter what' precisely BECAUSE you have to do the first, find the second, and proceed on the basis of the third. That's what the movie is ABOUT.

From Dante to Willy Wonka the truth of all great human stories is 'You have to go down before you can go up.'

FLIGHT. Get it?

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fenx1200Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Powerful Movie About Addiction
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A powerful movie with excellent acting and direction. This movie is really about addiction, stuffed into the story of an airline accident, blended together with another person's life of addiction. If anyone who has experienced someone with an addiction problem, this movie hits the nail on the head. The main theme seems to be the public trust that an airline pilot has in his or her profession, and you certainly don't show up drunk to fly a plane. People with addiction problems will probably feel that they can fly a plane drunk, and drive drunk, and ruin other people's lives because they have that monkey on their back, and the only thing that makes that monkey feel good, is another drink, hit, or toke. John Goodman's character is there to show/reveal that the only thing that can make Denzel's character function after a night of intoxication, is a cocktail of drugs that will even out the alcohol, and allow him to function at a nominal level. All of the lies, denying, and violence is part of the addition process. Only when someone gets help and admits that they are an alcoholic, will the process of healing begin, but it is a lifelong process that very few people can recover from, and that monkey is always there resting on the back side, waiting to be fed.
A very good movie, that was done with great taste, and sends a powerful message about addiction. It makes one wonder just how many people are flying, driving, and traveling while intoxicated.
55 people found this helpful
BeenThereReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Where babies come from....
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1. First, this is a grim but very watchable film about a skilled pilot (Denzel Washington) who is a high functioning alcoholic. In fact, he is able to land a disabled plane by himself while hungover. But his world comes undone as his skill and high functioning are contrasted with his alcoholism and the public's reaction to it.

2. There are scenes with limited nudity, the so-called F-word being used, and drinking alcoholic beverages along with some drug use. Many of today's prudes feign being offended by those things even though most of them did watch the entire movie. It's like these folks don't know where babies come from, along with the fact that profanity is widely used whether they like it or not. This paragraph covers all the one star reviews so you don't need to read them any longer. The remaining one star reviews related to receiving a non-playing DVD are far more enjoyable.

3. This film is also a well-done tale of morality contrasted with our need to constantly label somebody a "hero" only to later tear them down.

Overall, it is a fine, well-acted film and Nadine Velazquez (who plays Trina) is very pretty.
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VibrationalWorldReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
What Corners Need To Be Cut. Good Movie 94% Rating
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I really like Kelly Reilly, been following her career for several years and am impressed with her beauty and her talents. 

Denzel Washington is a very talented actor too, I remember him the first time I saw him in the late 1980, he has just gotten better and better over the years, he deserves all the awards he has received.

Before I give my review, I have to say that I am an airplane buff, I know a few things about planes; so, naturally I am going to be drawn towards watching a movie about planes.

This movie is actually not just about a plane, it is about humans, relationships, addictions, and healing. This movie depicts the best and worst in the human characteristics associated with addiction.

"Flight" is a movie that is based on a true story of Alaskan Airline's McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 crashed off the coast of Los Angeles in January 2000, 88 people were killed with no survivors. The mechanical problem on this plane was identical to what was depicted in this movie.

This movie doesn't just reveal the truth about alcoholic pilots but also poor maintenance of airlines because it cost so much money to run an airline that corners have to be cut and most often that happens to the jobs that really matter.

Did I like this movie? Yes. On a percentage scale, I would rate this movie 94% good quality in acting, screen play, and special effects.

Did I have any issues with it? Yes. First, I thought the plane crashing and then suddenly stopping was too quick, a plane that size has to be flying over 100 mph that is around 48 yards per second, I would think the plane would have traveled much further after hitting the ground. I imagine this is artistic license taken by the director as a way of justifying the survival of so many passengers and the loss of so few. Second, the scene with Capt. Whitaker at the hotel, the unlocked hotel room door, and the fully stocked alcohol in the refrigerator was far too convenient, along with how quickly the drug dealer, John Goodman, arrived at the hotel to save the day; and again, I think this is taking some artistic license to help bring things to a climax, it adds tension and excitement to the plot. In reality, that's not what would have happened. But, I can forgive that only because I understand what "corners need to be cut"
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