Flight (2012)

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A pilot whose skill saved the lives of most of his passengers when his airliner is forced into a crash landing finds himself facing prison if his alcoholism is discovered by a board of inquiry.

Another strong performance by Denzel Washington bolsters a character driven drama about a decent man coping with the self destruction and self deceit of addiction. Some admirably unsentimental direction by Robert Zemeckis and a restrained performance from its star prevents the story from descending into domestic soap opera and the crash sequence is absolutely gripping; in fact this compromises the film somewhat as everything that follows seems like a comparative anticlimax.

Although perhaps a little too long and a little too predictable, Flight is still a well acted, solid and worthy story with enough character and style to engage throughout without the preachiness or schmaltz common to Hollywood’s usual treatment of this kind of subject matter.

6/10

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