Review: Flight [movie]

Last evening Kirsten and I watched “Flight.” I had heard about it from a friend who had seen the trailer and thought it would interest me. He was correct.

The opening scene is one of the best I’ve ever seen, mostly because it features the smoking hot, and totally nude, Nadine Velazquez. It is followed by a rather dramatic sequence in which Denzel Washington’s character, Whip, pilot’s a commercial airliner beyond it’s published limits, after which a serious mechanical failure forces him to heroically invert the doomed aircraft, then right it and glide to a crash landing after lopping off a church’s steeple.

As a pilot and former aircraft avionics technician, the intense flying and systems discussions were particularly interesting. And I loved the Cessna 172 in Whip’s garage. It is the model in which I have the most flying time.

Of particular interest was the NSTB investigation, including the legal and political wrangling. I occasionally enjoy reading NTSB accident reports, as I’m sure you do as well.

After the first thirty minutes or so, the film turned into a Public Service Announcement about alcohol and drug abuse and dependency, which I could have done without. While Whip’s use of alcohol was integral to the story, it became too predictable and preachy.

John Goodman is hilarious. His character is not unlike Walter in The Big Lebowski.

What made me smile during this movie, besides Nadine, is their appropriate treatment of religionists as lunatics. How can a plane crash be a miracle? How is it possible that Whip has free will, yet god guided the plane? What kind of fucked up deity includes death and suffering in its plan? Why do people cling to religion and prayer, when so much of life is obviously random and tragic?

3.5 out of 5. I’d watch it again for Nadine and the airplanes.

Is Denzel’s Upside-Down Flying Trick Plausible?
Steve Satre, Smithsonian: Air & Space, November 14, 2012

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