Flight: On a Wing and a Prayer

by Ethan Alter November 2, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Flight:</i> On a Wing and a Prayer

According to the trailers, Robert Zemeckis's latest film (and his first live-action effort since Cast Away over a decade ago) Flight is about a daring pilot (Denzel Washington) who manages to land a free-falling plane with a minimal loss of life. Once he's on the ground, though, reports emerge that he may have been drunk as a skunk while flying, which means he might have caused the crash. So what's the truth? Is he a hero or a villain? The ads pose this question in the context of a thriller, playing up the notion that Washington is struggling to clear his name. The actual film, however, is something quite different and discussing it any substantial detail is going to involve discussing some key story points that aren't part of the trailers. So for those who prefer to remain at the boarding gate while I go on a ride with Flight, here's your Spoiler Warning.

Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis Are High on Flight

by Ethan Alter October 29, 2012 6:00 am
Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis Are High on <I>Flight</i>

With its potent combination of an award-winning director and star (Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington), a celebrated supporting cast (among them, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood and Melissa Leo), dark, emotional subject matter (alcoholism) and expertly executed spectacle (most notably a terrifying plane crash), the new drama Flight is sure to be one of the fall's leading Oscar contenders. The film, which was penned by actor/screenwriter John Gatins, casts Washington as commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker, who manages to land his free-falling plane with a minimal loss of life. He's celebrated as a hero for his actions... until it emerges that he's got serious personal problems that may or may not have contributed to the crash. Following the film's premiere at the recently concluded New York Film Festival, the cast and crew of Flight answered questions from the press, including how the project first began and whether it cured (or contributed to) their fear of flying.

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