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Bettie's Box Office: FLIGHT Movie Review

Updated: Friday, November 2 2012, 03:32 PM CDT

What happens when bad people do good things? That's the question at the center of FLIGHT. Airline captain Whip Whittaker (Denzel Washington) is a functioning alcoholic who finds himself juggling the lives of 102 people when his plane starts to fall apart mid-flight. His heroics save almost everyone aboard, but the crash puts him under the microscope.

FLIGHT is really a movie about addictions. Many of the main characters can't stop their self-destructive behavior, even though they sense impending doom in their own lives. And ironically, those who need saving are often called upon to save others (that is, if they can pull out of their own personal nose dives in time).

If you're a white-knuckle flyer, the plane's plunge at the beginning of the film will have you squirming in your seat. FLIGHT feels a little long at two hours and 18 minutes, the ending is the weakest part of the film, but there are great performances from Washington as well as John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood as his friends and legal team - or are they really just enablers with their own motives driving them?

FLIGHT is rated R for pervasive drug and alcohol abuse, language, nudity and an intense action sequence. It opens Friday, November 2.

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