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When I Said I Wanted Robert Zemeckis to Make Movies Again…

…this was not what I had in mind.

Okay maybe it’s not that surprising from Zemeckis whose live action career wrapped up with treacle like Cast Away, Contact and What Lies Beneath.

Flight looks good, visually, terrible in every other way.

Let’s begin with the obvious. This movie is an expensive good-looking Law and Order episode. This is Denzel Washington playing a drunken version of Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger. It takes a plane crash and focuses on the least interesting part of it the aftermath. This is something that movies have tried to do before. Badly.

Denzel Washington can act better than Ben Affleck but that doesn’t make this a good idea. It’s Cast Away, except mostly off the island or retold in flashbacks, which sounds even worse. The plane scenes look incredible, but it’s 15 minutes of incredible to an hour of Denzel Washington drinking and yelling at people, and Don Cheadle and John Goodman yelling at people. No thanks.

Still think you want to see Flight? The writer for this wrote another movie, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring that guy from Wolverine? Sounds good. It was Real Steel. And he’s also doing the sequel, Real Steel 2. Before that, two “inspirational” movies about inner city sports. (You can never have enough of those.) A movie about a little girl working with a wounded horse. Oh and Summer Catch.

Yeah this is going to be bad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to make money. Denzel Washington + Sully + Soap opera + Great Real Looking Crash Effects = Box Office. But it’ll be a while until anyone wishes Robert Zemeckis would go back to making live action movies again.

 

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