Today's Hot Trailer: Denzel Washington Saves Lives After a Few Drinks in Flight
10.16.12 by Ryan
Washington saves lives after a bender, lines up for an Oscar.
When flying, one hopes the airplane will hold up and that the pilot of said plane is sober enough to handle any problems. That's more or less the crux of the plot to the upcoming drama Flight, which sees Denzel Washington play commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker, who saves almost an entire flight of passengers despite having to perform an emergency crash landing, but does so with a high level of alcohol in his system.
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The first trailer for Flight appeared in June and looked like it contained a tour-de-force performance from Washington, something the latest trailer only seems to confirm. Reviews agree as well, with Variety calling Flight a "one-man showcase" for Washington that can be compared to Tom Hanks' performance in Cast Away — an appropriate comparison considering Robert Zemeckis directed both movies. HitFix called Washington's performance "emotionally raw" while THR said that the role of Whip is "one of the best parts of [Washington's] career." With a new trailer online, audiences can see for themselves.
Flight recently premiered at the New York Film Festival, where Zemeckis, who hadn't directed a live-action movie in 12 years, praised Washington's portrayal, describing it to THR as "a great performance" and "devoid of any vanity." Zemeckis also revealed that, although the movie is indeed about the pitfalls of addiction, Flight is actually "hopeful."
It talks about [addiction] like it is — a real problem — and a problem that touches a lot of our lives, but it's also, as harrowing as it is, it's a very hopeful film. I think you understand when you see the movie that [Washington's character] is not awful — he's awful because he's a broken human being and I think, at some levels, we can all sort of identity with that.
For another look at Flight, here's a recent TV spot for the movie.
Flight was written by John Gatins (Real Steel) and co-stars John Goodman (Red State), Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), and Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes).