|Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly, Melissa Leo, Tamara Tunie, Brian Geraghty, Nadine Velazquez|
Director(s): Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Social Drama
Another powerhouse performance from Denzel, playing a pilot who miraclulously lands a nosediving airliner jet BUT
he's an alcoholic!
This isn't really a secret - we see him have a few drinks and do a few lines of cocaine before the near-disastrous flight - but the crash itself is caused from faulty plane mechanics, not from Washington's inability to fly. His piloting heroics, in fact, are heralded by the entire flying community for the difficulty level in safely landing the plane, and the fact that 102 of 108 passengers aboard survived the crash.
However, as protocol dictates, an investigation ensues and lawyers are brought in to deal with the inevitable lawsuits against the airline, and of course, his alcoholism is slowly brought to light. The supporting cast is excellent, particularly Greenwood and Cheadle, but I found the roles by Goodman and Reilly to be unnecessary filler (though they were both good). Of course this is Washington's show, and we see him start to alienate all those who wish to help him sober up for his court date and get his life back on track, even through his relapses.
The trailers for this film highlight the plane malfunctions and the crash, and the crash IS spectacularly filmed and quite intense, but the meat of the film lies in the aftermath.
I am curious for Jeffy to see this film and hear his take on the logistics of the plane crash. I don't know anything about flying these things, but it DID seem well-researched and filmed very plausibly.
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