Flight experiences some turbulence

25 Nov

Flight is the story of airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) who miraculously crash lands a plane, saving the lives of ninety-six people. On the one hand, he is a hero to many, but on the other hand, Whitaker is an alcoholic that was using drugs the night before the crash that resulted in six deaths.

Director Robert Zemeckis creates a powerful film on the problems of addiction and how it affects more than just the user. Denzel Washington does an excellent job creating a character that is problematic, but someone an audience connects with and wants to root for in the end. The film is far from perfect and would have been much more timely if it was made a few years ago. The combination of a potential flight catastrophe and a self-destructive person sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster, but in reality it is an interesting peak at the cunning, baffling, and serious nature of addiction.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: B

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