• Flight (2012)


Release Date: November 2nd, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 5th, 2013

R |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Tamara Tunie, Melissa Leo

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Genres: Drama

Production Co: ImageMovers, Parkes/MacDonald

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Bar, Rescue, 2010s, Transformation, Dark, Investigation, Office, Emotional, Gripping

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    This absorbing drama provides Denzel Washington with one of his meatiest, most complex roles, and he flies with it. show more

  • 65

    Turns out to be a disappointingly standard addiction story in its second half also serves as a reminder that Hollywood tends to be more invested in these types of self-serious movies than most actual audiences. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    One unwelcome surprise is how shopworn the story's components prove to be. Still, they're enhanced if not redeemed by Mr. Washington's stirring portrait of a skillful, prideful pilot hitting bottom. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role