All rights reserved. The story's central love-interest strand is a bit superfluous (and the movie frankly sags in this area) but its star, Denzel Washington, tackles the juiciest of lead roles with gusto, and the finale is entertaining, when it looks as if our hero's life has once again gone into a screaming nosedive and is about to make what the airline industry euphemistically calls "uncontrolled contact with the ground". In October 2011, airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker uses cocaine to wake up after a sleepless night in his Orlando hotel room, which he shares with Katerina, a flight attendant on his next flight, SouthJet Flight 227 to Atlanta. Flight earned $93,772,375 domestically and $68,000,000 internationally for a total of $161,772,375, well above its $31 million production budget. Use the HTML below. Check out our picks for movies that (hopefully) won't keep you up at night. Escape slides appeared at the front and mid emergency doors, yet nobody appeared to exit from the front, even though the drop was much less. Robert Zemeckis entered negotiations to direct in April 2011,[4] and by early June had accepted, with Denzel Washington about to finalize his own deal. He stays with Charlie until the NTSB hearing, vowing not to drink. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Flight looks very much like a fictionalised true story, based on some New York Times bestseller. [16], Denzel Washington's performance received praise from various critics. True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight … Immediately following the crash, he is hailed a hero but an investigation soon leads to questions that put the captain in a different light. We know the emergency landing was due to being out of fuel, but even so there must have been some fuel sloshing around at the bottom of the tanks, and the risk of explosion must have been a very real danger, yet the evacuation seemed almost leisurely, and everyone stands around at the foot of the escape slides instead of getting as far away as possible, as I am sure I would have done. There is some terrific white-knuckle tension: but where the genre traditionally puts the high aeronautical drama at the very end, Zemeckis wrongfoots the audience as to where in his film the oxygen-mask-dropping crisis is going to come, and what kind of film it is therefore going to be. [11] The film's relatively small budget of $31 million, which Zemeckis later calculated was his smallest budget in inflation-adjusted dollars since 1980, was due to tax rebates from Georgia and from Zemeckis and Washington having waived their customary fees.[11]. During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. Maybe the zing of coke and booze even gave him inspiration at the controls on that terrible flight, but of course Whip knows that whatever the truth, his whole life is crashing. Evans has likely lost much of his ability to walk and may never pilot an airplane again. An NTSB investigator (Jaclyn Smith) and her boyfriend (Bruce Boxleitner), who works for the FAA, investigate a series of similar and suspicious plane crashes that seem to be affecting only one airline. Although upset, Evans has no intention of telling the NTSB that Whip was drinking. Having retired to his late father's farm, Whip meets Charlie and attorney Hugh Lang, who explain that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) performed a drug test while he was unconscious. Principal photography began in October 2011 near Atlanta, Georgia and lasted over 45 days. In its first week, the film ranked second in the domestic box office, grossing $24,900,566 with an average of $13,217 per theater. The next morning, his friend and drug dealer Harling Mays picks him up from the hospital. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. Washington is Captain Whip Whitaker, a highly experienced airline pilot who is also a functioning alcoholic. ) - "Flight" is a movie about an alcoholic commercial airline pilot, which is a fallacy. "[21] Airline pilot Patrick Smith also commented that "a real-life Whitaker wouldn't survive two minutes at an airline, and all commercial pilots—including, if not especially, those who've dealt with drug or alcohol addiction—should feel slandered by his ugly caricature. Whip pays a visit to his copilot Ken Evans after he awakens from his coma. But who can forget this true American hero. He is jolted awake as the plane goes into a steep dive. It is not a question of if, but when London floods. Poor Whip feels guilty, yet knows that he technically isn't. This is what the made-for-TV movie Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on a true story, is all about. I was amazed in the event of an unfolding mid-air crisis how calm everyone seemed, surely someone would have panicked, and what a smooth flight, no passenger discomfort apparent - come on! Looking for some great streaming picks? [18] Although the film was not nominated for Best Picture, he later noted that he felt it deserved to be. The film has an approval rating of 78% based on a sample of 236 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a weighted average of 6.90/10. He tells Whip that he managed to save 96 out of 102, losing two crew members and four passengers, but mentions his copilot is in a coma. "[19], The film received some criticism from airline pilots who questioned the film's realism, particularly the premise of a pilot being able to continue flying with a significant substance-abuse problem. - the reality of course being somewhat different! [17] Ebert went on to name the film the sixth best of 2012. As a plane flies overhead, Whip replies, "That's a good question". "[22] The pilot also criticised the portrayal of the relationship between copilot and captain, the decision of Whitaker to increase speed dangerously in a storm, and the ultimate dive and crash landing of Whitaker's aircraft. Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal face a potentially deadly disaster in this true story, as the 767, with about 60 souls on board, slowly falls from the sky. Zemeckis added that the crash in "Flight" was based on an actual Alaska Airlines accident in 2000 that killed all 88 people on board. The site's consensus states "Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington. "[15] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 based on reviews from 40 critics. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Although his minibar is empty, he finds the door to an adjacent room unlocked and raids the minibar there. We first see him in a hotel room on a stopover, and here I thought John Gatins was obeying a law of "sexposition", using sex to spice up exposition scenes. Add the first question. Whip is discovered by Charlie the next morning, passed out and still drunk. this was never explained. 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