Flight soars high in its first act as Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) manages to land the crashing plane (as pictured above) only losing a few souls. An near impossible feat for any pilot let alone one who was drunk with cocaine and pot still in his system. Is Captain Whitaker a hero for saving almost everyone? Or did his inebriated condition cause the accident? This forms the main narrative thrust of the film although Flight sends some incongruous messages. The movie’s very liberal and matter-of-fact presentation of drug use was interesting yet one couldn’t help think this is why conservative, religious-types get their panties in a bunch of Hollywood corrupting America in the culture wars. That is for another discussion.
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