Peter Travers takes to the sky this week with the Robert Zemeckis-directed Flight, which stars Denzel Washington as a drunk, drug-using airplane pilot who’s vices help him land a crashing plane – and that’s just the first third of the flick. The rest of the film finds Washington’s character, Whip Whitaker, dealing with the consequences of his heroics – going to rehab and dealing with a justice system that must decide how to punish him.
No spoilers here, of course, but Travers does have plenty of high praise for Washington’s Oscar-caliber performance: “This is the peak of Denzel Washington. This is him acting not just up a storm, but finding something that goes on inside a character . . . You look at Denzel Washington’s face in Flight, and you’re gonna see something a special effect could never do.”