Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Under 250: Flight
As the investigation into the crash commences, Whip is caught in a cross-fire and forced to try and pull his messy life together. Flight isn't particularly pleasant, in part because Washington sells us Whip's struggles with frustrating conviction. This is a highly nuanced role that requires a significant amount of downplaying addiction and maintaining a gloss of composure forever cracking to reveal the pain and twisted hubris below. Washington sells it, but in spite of some impressive technical moments and a solid backbone, the film is fairly bland and frequently heavy handed with the story elements around Whip's character sketch. Blunt symbolism, cliche music cues, and an extra 30 minutes means Flight ultimately just glides past instead of making its mark.