In Robert Zemeckis' drama Flight, alcoholic pilot Whip Whittaker (Denzel Washington) does a miraculous job crash-landing a plane that has suffered a severe mechanical breakdown in midair, however the mandated investigation into the incident will inevitably lead to the discovery that he was flying the plane while drunk and on cocaine. As he attempts to sober up, Whip befriends a fellow addict he meets during his post-accident stay in the hospital. Soon he fails in his attempts to white-knuckle himself to sobriety, and with the help of his favorite drug-dealer (John Goodman) and his lawyer (Don Cheadle), Whip must prepare to testify about what happened on that fateful flight. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
The high point of the movie is the beautiful woman he's sleeping with at the start of the movie walking around nude. It is plausible that an attendant would fall for a drug supplying richer pilot. I've seen stranger in real life.
Disgusting, but plausible.
From there, it's down hill.
.24 BA and he rolls a plane? THAT is absurd. Most people are passed out at that level. Gitters, etc. also from the coke, though he really didn't do much.
The portrayal of a drug addict/drunk wanting to give everything up, dumping it out, and then pressure from his prior bad actions, done will UTInfluence was well done.
One thing that wasn't done well enough was the incredible financial draw that most cocaine addicts have, and how it drains their bank accounts, destroys any other form of happiness, and makes cocaine the only thing they want in their lives, to the point it kills them. Getting off heroin or cocaine is a rare accomplishment, and it was far to easy for the folks in this film.
As a former pilot I have to say what he did to save the plane was almost beyond comprehension, but doable...and he did it while being a functional alcoholic. However, overall I though the movie was a bit too pro-cocaine and a bit depressing...even with the feel-good ending.
Denzel does an excellent job as an alcoholic/drug addict pilot, who pulls an amazing maneuver to save the passengers of his crashing airplane. The story's about what happens after the crash, where his heroics and fast-thinking responses in "saving" his plane are overshadowed by his vices. Excellent movie.
A very good movie which held my interest all the way through. Denzel did his usual great job, and was surrounded by an excellent cast. I went into the movie and was not sure where the movie was going to head. It was a powerful addition story which did have some redeeming value, which is not present often in todays movies...Good one.