Denzel Washington is a powerhouse of cinema. With explosive diverse roles in titles including Training Day, The Bone Collector and American Gangster, to name but a few.
His latest role, in ‘Flight’ sees him take on the challenging character of alcoholic airline pilot Whip Whitfield.
The film begins with Whip and an airline hostess in a hotel room, the morning after a booze and drug fuelled binge. He attempts to fly a packed jumbo jet whilst continuing to drink and
falls asleep – plunging the plane into peril. Once Awoken, Whitfield manages to dramatically land the plane, saving many lives but 6 people are killed.
Whitfield is a hero to the press and public, but soon things take a devastating turn. It becomes clear that he is being investigated regarding his drinking before and during the
Don Cheadle puts in a powerful performance as a top notch lawyer sent to defend the castigated pilot. But as is often the case, Washington steals the show with his portrayal of a
deeply flawed character.
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