Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez
Should an airline captain, who has landed a dysfunctional jetliner & saved the lives of 96 out of 104 passengers, be criminally charged & depersonalized for being under the influence of drugs & alcohol while performing this heroic task? Initially declared a hero for doing the miraculous, Captain Whittaker is stripped of his honour & dignity when the truth eventuates. His personal life is also in tatters where this addiction has previously driven his family away.
Denzel Washington gives a wonderful portrayal as the brilliant airline captain who, idolised by many, has a dark secret. Supported by a fine cast of actors, Denzel has been justifiably nominated for an academy award for his performance as the airline captain who thinks he has done no wrong. An interesting insight into the air crash investigation & legality processes associated with the aftermath are smartly interwoven in the screenplay, & scenes involving the lawyers trying to cover up the truth are intriguing & thought provoking.
This is a very absorbing movie with realistic ”jet-in-trouble” action sequences not seen on the big screen since the popular Airport series of movies back in the 70’s (who could forget the big eyed actress Karen Black piloting a grief stricken airliner in Airport 75?).A movie not to be missed which emphasises that regardless of how irresponsible and unethical humans can be there is always room for redemption. JAKE