[Trailer] – Flight

7 Jun

Watch the first trailer for Flight, the new film starring Denzel Washington, after the cut.

Robert Zemeckis burst into the film scene by directing films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future trilogy, he then went on to the Best Director Oscar for Forrest Gump, and reunited with Tom Hanks six years after that, in 2000, to do Cast Away, which features by far the best direction the man has given in his career.

After Cast Away, however, he became kind of obsessed with performance capture technology, and spent the next decade only delving in films that used that technique, giving us The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. He was, certainly, a pioneer in the artform, attempting to use special effects to enhance the narrative and not just for show. Now, as admirable as those efforts were, the results were a mixed bag, and not really justifying the huge budgets they needed.

Now, even though he wasn’t the director of last year’s Mars Needs Moms, he was in fact the producer and a champion of the project. That film, while not bad (I gave it a B-) was an absolute commercial flop, not even making $40 million on a $150 million budget. Maybe that convinced him to do a live-action film again, his first since the aforementioned Cast Away.

That film is Flight, and even though he couldn’t get Tom Hanks back with him, he got a star that’s just as charismatic: Denzel Washington. He stars as an airline pilot who miraculously lands a plane that’s about to crash after a mid-air accident. After the crash he’s seen as a hero, but as an investigation to find out what really happened goes on, some personal demons may start to haunt him.

Look, the premise is definitely very thin, but there’s something that tells me they might be able to pull it off. They’re obviously making this a very human story, and if someone can pull this off is Denzel Washington, and the rest of the cast is also rock solid. So yeah, this could be rather decent.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis; written by John Gatins; starring Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Melissa Leo and James Badge Dale. Flight opens November 2.

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