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Flight

Flight (2013)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly and Nadine Velazquez

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After an Airplane suffers a mechanical failure, Captain William ‘Whip’ Whitaker successfully lands the plane with only a few casualties and is suddenly at the centre of hero/villain story where he has to live up to the serious fact that he has problems in his life that need to be dealt with.

 

This is a serious film with some very strong issues that need to be worked out by Washington while he tries to understand how his life has taken such a fall. Drink and Drugs play a major role in the film and go to show the effects they can have on someone’s life, even if you did just become a hero. His relationships with women, his son and work colleagues differ throughout the film showing his downfall as they try to either help or disown him.

John Goodman adds the comedy to the film playing Washington’s brother and drug dealer and helps him out/makes it worse when he needs it although he isn’t seen much in the film. The actually plane crash is amazing and filmed excellently. It is not a quick flash in the pan crash; it takes you through the whole scenario.

A note that the film does start with full nudity from My Name is Earl Actress Nadine Velazquez who looks stunning.

 

Recommend

I enjoyed the film even though it was a lot more serious than I thought it was going to be. Denzel was brilliant and thoroughly deserves his Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role and the crash scene was dealt with brilliantly. The film does clock in at a long 2 hours and 18 mins and tackles some serious issues however I do think people should see this film.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – Denzel reaches for the sky

 

Film Fact

Denzel Washington’s first Oscar-nominated role in over 10 years. His last Oscar-nominated role was for Training Day.   

Safe House (2012)

Safe House (2012)

Directed by Daniel Espinosa

Starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds plays a young CIA agent who sits day after day guarding a safe house waiting for a guest or prisoner to turn up. That day finally comes when an ex CIA fugitive played by Denzel Washington, hands himself in and is taken to the safe house. The Safe house is then attacked and it is Reynolds duty to look after his house guest. 

The film is one long cat and mouse chase taking place through South Africa. Washington is constantly trying to escape being looked after by Reynolds while at the same time they are both trying to avoid being killed by a group of people chasing them. How was the Safe House hit so easily and quickly? Is it possible someone is working from the inside trying to stop them?

Denzel, being his usual cool yet arrogant character, plays the bad guy being a good guy being a bad guy whereas Ryan is the good guy trying not to be a bad guy and wanting to be the best. There is a story here which is relatively easy to follow all while watching the gun battles that take place adding to the multiple action scenes. The film has a grainy urban feel to it but seemed to lack that final push to make it great. I would recommend this film to fans of Denzel but perhaps not at the cinema.

Film Fact

Denzel Washington actually was water-boarded during the filming of some of the torture scene, though only for a few seconds per take