From the rocky departure to the turbulent craft in the sky, the captain with co-pilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) perform dare-devil maneuvers soaring through stormy weather as the flight departures before rapidly descending as they attempt to land the plane.
Director Robert Zemeckis takes the viewers in the terrifying sequence of seeing passengers put through the terror in the sky. Terror and panic fills the passengers as they quietly say their prayers of their survival and safe landing as the lights and sounds of the aircraft are on high alert. But once it’s all over, Captain Whitaker is a hero as the media and the public want more of him.
The film from hereon becomes a legal drama battle as Whit’s life is under examination from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Helping Whit get through the investigation is airline union representative Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood) a former pilot and colleagues of Whitaker. Handling the legality is outside lawyer Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle) who anticipates the N.T.S.B's review of not only the event but what they might uncover leading to the events of the flight.
Before the film goes to the flight, the film also focuses on another character, Nicole (Kelly Reilly), and how she ends up in the same hospital as the captain.
From their introduction, Whitaker tries to establish a life of normalcy with her but succumbs to his notorious lifestyle in the form of John Goodman as Harling Mays, his go to person and emergency contact.
Denzel's characters is the anti-hero in that he should be acknowledge for saving more lives than expected if he had not made the decisions and carried out the actions onboard the flight. Viewers want to see him rid his prior lifestyle but at times it can be frustrating to see him only to succumb to weakness after all that has happened to a man that just wants to move on with his life.
The film dives into the theme of religion as Whit gets to re-examine his life, change his ways and settles down with Nicole. Also the film takes a look at why the plane went down the way it did: was it an act of God, mechanical failures or the failings of an overworked pilot?
All will be revealed before his hearings with the N.T.S.B. that the media, the public and the viewer has been awaiting from him.
Classification: Blu-Ray Release
Movie Grade: 4 stars out of 5 stars.
From early on in the film, the viewers are in for a bumpy ride on a runaway airplane that has lost control before settling onto land in this legal battle to see whether or not the incident is pertaining to mechanical failure, act of the preordained or pilot based.
Blu-Ray Grade: 0 stars out of 5 stars
Redbox version only features the movie.
Rating: R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence
Timing: 2 Hours,18 Minutes