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Flight (2012) Movie Review

November 4, 2012

What makes a powerful drama is the weight that it gives to the events of the film such that the audience is as stressed out about the outcome of things as the characters. “Flight” is about a seemingly miraculous landing of a commercial airplane and the fallout that the pilot faces in the investigation that follows. The film manages to maintain a feel of realism from beginning to end, keeping the people in the audience on the edge of their seats.

The film has a fantastic cast including Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle. Denzel Washington’s performance is the highlight of the film. He portrays the main character perfectly with all his flaws and humanity. The lesser known supporting cast is all fantastic as well, making their characters completely believable. Alan Silvestri wrote a minimalist score for the film that manages to hit all the right emotions, often presenting a somber feel. The score is supported well with many well-known songs, including two by The Rolling Stones.

What makes “Flight” so powerful is how the characters’ struggles are presented with so much realism that you can’t help but empathize with them. Though some of the choices the characters make aren’t the most commendable, they manage to show a bravery and strength of character that is at times inspiring. “Flight” is an emotionally engaging drama that harnesses the draw of watching humans deal with tragedy in a way that everyone can relate to. It leaves you feeling ready to confront any difficulties you have with your own life knowing that they aren’t so bad compared to what the characters went through. “Flight” is one of the most powerful films of the year, and should not be missed.

5/5

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One Comment
  1. Melissa permalink

    Excellent review / excellent movie.

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