Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2561 posts, RR: 19 Posted (7 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
Has anyone heard any of the "buzz" over the upcoming film "Flight." From the trailer, it appears to be about a functioning alcholoic pilot who miraculously lands a jetliner headded for a horrifc crash.
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KAUST From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1644 times:
Quoting Mir (Reply 3): Part of me is interested in seeing this, but another part of me is cringing at the thought of all the stuff they'll be getting wrong.
My sentiments, exactly. And strangely enough: the film is only 139minutes long. This leads me to thoughts: it is VERY short for Zemeckis standards, and precisely how dramatic is it? 139 is typically the length reserved for comedies.
Guess we shall soon find out!
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CaptainKramer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1442 times:
If you want a sneak preview of how Robert Zemeckis handles flying sequences and plane crashes in movies, look no further than Cast Away which featured a Fed Ex A300 crashing at sea at night, very dramatic as a movie crash should be.
I only had one major issue when I saw it and that was that after the plane crashed in the sea during a storm the engine continued to run, almost sucking in Tom Hanks while he was in the water. I though it was a bit far fetched, but having seen a youtube of a bizjet I think it was a Learjet, having overshot the runway and landed in a creek, both engines continued to run, although grant you it never submerged underwater like the Fed Ex A300 would have in Cast Away.
I can appreciate directors taking creative license when featuring aircraft in movies, but being an aviation buff I do find it distracting while watching a movie and I am taken out of the film because a film maker has taken a liberty that beggars belief to say the least, try and keep it real, is all I am saying.
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6298 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (7 months 2 hours ago) and read 1365 times:
Looking forward to seeing it. I am sure we will all find plenty of mistakes but at least it looks like they got the cockpit right for an MD-80 that is impressive honestly. I am thinking the winglets needed to be put on so MD-80 operators don't get upset? Or Boeing itself? Or maybe just put them on to make it look like a newer plane. Who knows. It will be fun to watch. And Denzel is good.
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JAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1196 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 787 times:
Quoting kann123air (Reply 11): Just saw it. Didn't like it at all. Not enough about aviation and more about the stuff you usually find it R rated movies.....
I loved the movie! It's not a movie about flying, however, it's a movie about an irresponsible guy who, following a heroic act, realizes he must come to terms with a lifetime of misconduct. Having represented many people over the years with substance abuse issues, I found the movie pretty powerful. The plane segment at the beginning - believable or not - managed to hook me in!
KC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 165 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 784 times:
Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 5): I only had one major issue when I saw it and that was that after the plane crashed in the sea during a storm the engine continued to run, almost sucking in Tom Hanks while he was in the water. I though it was a bit far fetched, but having seen a youtube of a bizjet I think it was a Learjet, having overshot the runway and landed in a creek, both engines continued to run, although grant you it never submerged underwater like the Fed Ex A300 would have in Cast Away.
I'm pretty sure they were trying to imply that the aircraft was an MD-11... the cockpit was a hybrid of one anyway. They would not be using A300s on Pacific flights to Tahiti or wherever they were going.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4682 posts, RR: 23 Reply 16, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 783 times:
I saw it last week.
Denzel gave a great performance (Oscar nom most likely) and John Goodman was terrific as Denzel's dope man (Oscar nom highly possible).
That said, the movie is certainly a character study vs. an aviation nut's wet dream. I'm quite sure some of the techies on here will find some flaws but no glaring flubs that I could see, wingletted MD-80 aside.
The flight sequence portion of the film was the catalyst for the character developments that follow but certainly not the star of the film.
Worth a view for those who enjoy some good acting.
par13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 5902 posts, RR: 8 Reply 21, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 785 times:
Quoting kl911 (Reply 17): Why would film makers care about that? There are plenty of movies where complete US cities are destroyed, nobody asked the citizens if they liked that ides..
A single movie by the major studios is a huge production with hundreds of persons involved, the director and producers do not oversee every single detail, I'm sure you have seen a number of movies where PC gets into the movie somehow.
Its the reason why there is a Directors Cut, which is now also a product to be sold and gain revenues.
It's remarkable that Delta allowed filming to take place in their MD88 simulator. Airlines are usually so squeamish about allowing anything negative to reflect upon them. Although I understand the airline in this movie was a mythical regional airline based in the southeast U.S., Denzel Washington as a drug and alcoholic abuser is hardly the heroic image the industry wants.
When the movie trailers of Flight first came out, I immediately thought of an old 1970s book called "The Pilot". In that fictional work the captain hides booze in the lavatory and flies his routes loaded with what the book calls spookers.
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 854 posts, RR: 5 Reply 23, posted (6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 776 times:
Quoting Highflier92660 (Reply 22): When the movie trailers of Flight first came out, I immediately thought of an old 1970s book called "The Pilot". In that fictional work the captain hides booze in the lavatory and flies his routes loaded with what the book calls spookers.
The movie version of "The Pilot" came out in 1979, produced, directed and starring the late Cliff Robertson. A decent enough movie if you can find it. Lots of DC-8 action!