February 22, 2013

Flight (2012)

Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Tamara Tunie


I often find myself watching movies starring actors I don't like. When you dislike as many people as I do, I suppose it's inevitable. But I don't often see movies in which I don't like the main character. Sure, everyone has their flaws and movies try hard to make complex characters that you can understand and sympathize with. But in this case, it didn't work.

The movie centers around a very simple premise - Denzel is an alcoholic who manages to save the plane during a crash, despite being drunk. An investigation into the crash is launched, and the audience gets to watch Denzel play an angry, unlikable man for the next two hours, whom we are supposed to feel sorry for and/or hope he doesn't get caught for flying a bunch of people in the air while completed loaded. 

I didn't find the story compelling at all and here's why - it's completely predictable. The entire story hinges on what's going to happen to Denzel's character in all of this, so once you've figured it out, it's just having to sit there and wait for the inevitable to happen. And I don't find his character all that complex. Yes, he's got an addiction problem, but he's also just kind of a dick. If you want to watch someone play a crazy alcoholic that you can both love and hate at the same time, do yourself a favor and go rent When a Man Loves a Woman

Denzel seems to play the same type of character over and over again - a guy who's morally compromised, but puts on a proud front that others admire him for. Don't believe me? Training Day. American Gangster. Safe House. Can I stop now? He already [inexplicably] won the Oscar for Best Actor for Training Day - do we really need to reward him for playing this part once again?

Final word: Lame.

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