Denzel Washington’s best acting so far in a stellar career is now showing at a theater near you. See Flight and watch Denzel persuade you that Whip Whitaker is real.
Whip Whitaker, an airline captain, has a problem and it ain’t only the stuck elevator high on the tail assembly of his ailing airliner carrying 104 souls. Though alcoholic and drug addicted Whip is higher, using experience, skills, and instinct, he successfully crash lands the plane, saving many lives. Thus, in the first thirty minutes of the movie, Whip becomes a hero.
Hero Whip’s problem comes to be the central focus when NTSB crash investigators discover high levels of alcohol and cocaine in his blood.
Denzel’s superb acting nails the flawed Whip as an addict struggling and in denial about his substance abuse. Denzel and director Robert Zemekis achieve the unusual feat of gaining both audience sympathy and loathing for Whip Whitaker. Denzel’s outstanding performance gets strong support from Don Cheadle, Tamara Tunie, and John Goodman.
Fight is a great movie. See it. Five stars (out of five).
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