CINEMA REVIEW: Flight (15)

(Left to right)  Bruce Greenwood is Charlie Anderson, Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker and Don Cheadle is Hugh Lang in FLIGHT,  from Paramount Pictures.'F-FF-022
(Left to right) Bruce Greenwood is Charlie Anderson, Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker and Don Cheadle is Hugh Lang in FLIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.'F-FF-022

Boston Grammar School pupil Joe Baxter reviews the latest film starring Denzel Washington.

It is very rare that a film comes along and really makes you question your morals, a film that once you have walked out of the cinema you really have to think.

The latest example I can think of is Chronicle, but no film has hit me quite as hard as Flight did in a long time.

The film presents a stunning return to form by the Zemeckis, and concerns itself with the aftermath of a plane crash in which Captain ‘Whip’ Whittaker prevents his plane from crashing; saving almost every life on board.

Zemeckis could easily have concerned the entire film around the crash itself, making the entire film more action-based, but instead focuses on the effect the crash has on Whip, and how this affects everyone around him.

While films like this have been done, I can’t think of any that do it as good as Flight and this is primarily down to Denzel Washington’s Oscar-worthy performance.

He makes you strongly empathize with his character, presenting someone who is on the edge, and just can’t a handle it anymore.

Combining this with the strong theme of an act of god, which is played perfectly due to its subtlety.

A film which impresses on all grounds and I can firmly say, is at the same level of quality as Life of Pi (my favourite film of last year).

5/5