Sunday, December 9, 2012
Flight is the story of an alcohol and drug-addicted pilot named William "Whip" Whitaker, who manages to land a crashing plane under the influence of numerous substances. He is hailed a hero, but once the word of his possible intoxication leaks out, his true nature and motives behind his life-choices becomes revealed in a surprisingly disturbing manner. Once out of the hospital from the crash, he meets a heroin addict named Nicole. They both sort of team up and tackle their addictions together. I was honestly expecting Flight to be more of an action-driven film as the trailer suggested. Instead, Flight turned into a character study, where we are forced to see Whip deteriorate both physically and mentally. It becomes a bit much too handle after a while, because nothing seems to happen but him destroy himself in front of the camera with booze and drugs. It would have been nice to see more of a double-plot with both Whip and Nicole, which was employed in the beginning of the film. That might have taken away the relationship between the two and show how one can recover and one can slip further into self-destruction, but it would have been more artsy and more entertaining. Nonetheless, this was a very harrowing film that definitely will make the awards season go crazy over it. It just wasn't what I was suspecting. My friend who I saw it with summed it up perfectly: "God that was depressing. Now I need a drink."