Denzel Washington stars and Robert Zemeckis directs this uneven film about an airline pilot with mad flying skills—and a mad problem with alcohol and drugs. Washington is Whip, a man who ties one on the night before a flight that first requires him to pilot through a horrible storm, and then results in a spectacular crash. Whip performs miraculous feats—despite an alcohol level off the charts. Washington is typically great in the role, keeping the movie worth watching even when it gets a bit trite. The first half hour of this movie is a powerhouse. The remaining time is OK, but there’s nothing like the punch of that flight sequence. Nonetheless, this performance is sure to score Washington an Oscar nomination. This marks a decent return to live action for Zemeckis, who had gotten all caught up in those creepy motion-capture animation films like The Polar Express.



  • Robert Zemeckis


  • Denzel Washington
  • Don Cheadle
  • Kelly Reilly
  • John Goodman
  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Brian Geraghty
  • Tamara Tunie
  • Melissa Leo
  • Nadine Velazquez
  • Peter Gerety
  • Garcelle Beauvais
  • Conor O'Neill
  • Will Sherrod
  • Boni Yanagisawa
  • Adam Tomei
  • Dane Davenport
  • E. Roger Mitchell
  • Ravi Kapoor
  • Tommy Kane
  • Tom Nowicki


  • Walter F. Parkes
  • Laurie MacDonald
  • Steve Starkey
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • Jack Rapke
  • Cherylanne Martin

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