I actually cried at the end of this but I'm a sucker for that sort of emotional epiphany. On the whole is a pretty weak film with odd and often unsuccessful choices. I think this would have played better if the event were out of sequence and we gradually came to understand the truth. Who knows. Outstanding performance from Washington but hardly unexpected. Still glad to see Zemeckis returning from the dark side.
It's hands down my all-time favourite Zemeckis and that's saying a lot, since I don't really dig the man. That alone is mentionable. Denzel is seriously amazing. Haven't seen him this good in a long time. The plane crashing sequence is one for the ages, really amazing. I loved the way he cut that last shot. Very dry. Spielberg would have milked it, but the second i felt tears forming he cut to ending credits.great!
The first 30 minutes was AMAZING. The crash sequence had me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately the next fucking 2 hours could barely hold my attention. What should have been a moral reflection on Denzel's drunken state vs. the fact that he performed an amazing landing and what we should think of him become just your standard alcoholism movie. I honestly wasn't even that impressed with his performance. Lame.
A character study in the highest tier. Perfect it is not, but it rejects so many traps and takes much rougher, upsetting routes. Not a courtroom thriller, but one man's depressing battle with himself. Deeply affecting. One of my favorite movies of the year, and possibly my favorite performance by the great Denzel Washington.
Robert Zemeckis returns to live action filmmaking after more than a decade with this surprisingly sensitive portrayal of alcoholism about an airline pilot whose heroic landing of a damaged plane comes under scrutiny when it was revealed that he was drunk at the time of the incident. Some tonally odd moments, but Denzel Washington is fantastic, and the film is a strong, maturely directed triumph for Zemeckis.