Movie Comp: Flight of terror against addiction

Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker in FLIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.F-FF-001 Flight Flight

NEW movie Flight features a solid performance by Denzel Washington as airline captain William “Whip” Whitaker who must face his addictions in the wake of a near disaster.

Whip awakens after a wild night of drinking and drug taking in an Orlando hotel room with flight attendant Katerina Marquez (Nadine Velazquez).

He greets the day with a hit of cocaine before manning the controls of a flight to Atlanta, taking off in the middle of a storm.

Copilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) takes control while Whip discreetly mixes vodka in his orange juice and takes a nap.

He is jolted awake by turbulence as the plane starts to lose control.

With no other choice, Whip rolls the plane upside down to bring it out of the dive and manoeuvres it right-side up before crash-landing in a field.

He loses consciousness upon impact and awakens in an Atlanta hospital with minor injuries. He’s a hero with 96 people having survived and only five dead in the crash.

His blood test shows substance abuse, however, and he faces manslaughter charges.

Whip tries to break his habits and get his life back on the track.