From the opening scenes it was apparent that Flight was not going to be like other Robert Zemeckis films. It is his way of coming back into live action cinema. Full frontal nudity, drugs and alcohol are always the right ingredients for a some kind of character crash (no pun intended) and what I like about the first few scenes is that we didn’t have to wait long for our anti hero to show us his demons. The story follows an arrogant, confident, drug using alcoholic veteran pilot William “Whip” Whittaker who doesn’t seem to think he has anything to lose with his reckless behaviour. His life seem to be one big groundhog day of alcohol, sex, drugs, airport hotel rooms and with the company  of a similarly addicted stewardess, he just doesn’t give a damn. He uses alcohol to get him down and when he is ready to fly or look the part, he uses cocaine to make him high. Whip is a man with a serious problem. His ex-wife, cabin crew and friends all know it but the only person that needs convincing is Whip. When he gets into the cockpit on that fateful day, his co pilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) is instantly on edge as he can see that Whip is clearly not someone who should be trusted with the lives of “102 souls”. Even when tired and falling asleep next to an already nervous co-pilot he manages to control the situation but it goes downhill when he starts pouring vodka into his orange juice while addressing the very people are entrusting him with their lives.  The plane begins to have problems and Whip, drunk but mentally sharp, lands his bird as it literally falls apart. He shows himself to be a quick thinking genius for calculating ways to slow the plane’s plunge and recover control, even turning the plane 180 degrees to level before guiding it to a crash landing saving all but 6 lives. The intensity of the visuals, the screams of the passengers/crew and the screeching of the plane alike balanced with the final impact, creates one of the most impressively scary crash scenes ever created on film. Zemeckis’s use of slow motion and stedicam shots throughout the crash and its immediate aftermath captures every moment of horror. The rest of the film deals with the aftermath of the crash and the remarkable way Whip took on the crash landing that did not resolve in the deaths of the entire 102… View Post