There are two reasons to watch Flight: the terrifying plane crash in the first half-hour, and the amazing performance by Denzel Washington throughout. Washington plays an alcoholic, the kind who deals with a hangover by having cocaine for breakfast. He’s managed to lie and charm his way through life, and it looks as if he’s going to do it again. On the day of the crash, he flies the plan while drunk and stoned. That’s not why the plane crashes; in fact his being drunk and stoned may have given him the derring-do to perform the stunt that saves nearly everyone on board. But his substance abuse turns up on the routine toxicology report, and the man is finally called to account for his life. Washington is infuriating and brilliant.
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