|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, James Badge Dale, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, John Goodman|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Dramas, June - Drama|
|Run time:||2 hours 18 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Jun 2013|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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Denzel a high flyerBy blackpolekev (247 reviews) from blackpole , 04 Feb 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]The film's early flight scene is excellent, first with the bad weather & turbulence, then later the panic as the plane suddenly and rapidly loses height, and finally the crash itself. It drags a little after that for a while but picks up as we witness Denzel Washington's battle with alcoholism, his denial that he has a problem, a court case, his eventual acceptance of his addiction, and his redemption into a sober, better man. DW gives another fine performance as the plane captain; there is also a cameo from Britain's own Piers Morgan as himself. This is probably not the film to watch if you're shortly about to go flying - but otherwise it's well worth a look.
Format: Cinema - Odeon Digital 8000 HD
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thought provokingBy cpc (32 reviews) , 31 Jul 2013makes you wonder a drunk pilot pulls off an incredible stunt to save the day good story line well worth the watch
Denzel at his brilliant best!By lizcam (15 reviews) , 31 Jul 2013Loved this from start to finish. The flight scenes were amazing and Denzel's portrayal of the alcoholic pilot was absolutely brilliant. Good supporting cast and the entire movie portrayed the unfolding story perfectly - would watch again. I actually had this on my rental list but cancelled it as I got the DVD as a gift, but thought I'd review it anyway.
Almost, but not quiteBy a customer , 31 Jul 2013In spite of really looking forward to this, I left feeling a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the acting is very good, and the idea of it is brilliant, but I think some poor direction let the whole thing down a little. At it's heart, it's a film about delusion, not redemption, and this it does really well. Denzel Washington is a very unlikeable person and his portrayal of somebody who really does use drugs and alcohol as a crutch, no matter the consequences to everybody else, is great. He can't help himself and he knows it. But the relationships in this film are poorly developed, so the consequences of his actions are never really brought to life. The opening plane crash is very compelling though. If only the rest of the film had grabbed the attention.
Flying high as a kiteBy a customer , 31 Jul 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI really enjoyed this film. The performances were great and the subject was very interesting to me. A skilful mix of action, tension and drama. But it was the concepts and questions that it posed that I found most interesting.
DW plays an airline pilot who's incredible piloting skills save most, but importantly not quite all lives on board a doomed aircraft. After this heroic deed his personal issues are called into question and 'someone must pay' for the lives that were lost, despite the fact that we discover no other pilot could possibly have saved so many people in the same situation.
I really became interested when some of the characters started to discretely offer the suggestion that this pilot's amazing skills under such intense pressure should allow him some forgiveness for his lack of being in a 'tip-top state' before the flight.
We all know that driving under the influence is potentially murderous. It kills people. It's completely unacceptable. But when a pilot saves so many lives despite, and perhaps even because of this influence, can we even begin to consider the possibility that just maybe in these cases, our heroes should be allowed some slack?
Personally, I would've liked the ending to be more controversial but I know society's 'rules' just as the pilot knew the law.
I know I'm not really allowed to, but nevertheless I just wonder if a pilot in this hypothetical situation would perform worse or maybe actually better after a drink and a snort. Who remained calm when everyone else was panicking? Who saved all those lives? Could any human do that without a little enhancement?
I see a forthcoming modification to all planes: an emergency line of coke being automatically presented to the pilot in the event of almost certain doom? Now I'm just being ridiculous. I think?
Thanks to all involved for a film that's different from the usual snore inducing action films, and something to prompt us to think.
Bit of a time wasterBy Mutter (162 reviews) , 30 Jul 2013Difficult to empathise with an alcoholic druggie piloting aeroplanes full of passengers. Where's his sense of responsibility towards himself and other people? If you can overcome Denzil Washington's annoying chin rolling going into overtime in the latter scenes and the round it all up with a cringing 'feel good' element, you might enjoy it.