It's been more than a year since US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger made headlines when he safely landed a crashing 159-passenger plane into the Hudson River in New York. Even with all the hoopla surrounding his proclaimed heroism, he never did get a movie inspired by his efforts.
But he may be getting the next best thing--a movie about a pilot who saves an aircraft in peril with a secure landing. And guess what? He's going to be played by none other than Denzel Washington.
Okay not exactly, but, if I were Sullenberg, that would be the story I'd tell my grandkids.
In actuality, the Academy Award winner doesn't get to reap much benefits for his bravery in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film, Flight. His character, Whip, is later investigated after officials found that he was under the influence while flying. More in the official movie synopsis, taken from Movieline:
In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane?You'd think after landing an airplane that was practically in flames, the dude's past shortcomings would be miraculously erased. Oh well.
But, hey, check out the amazing cast of the movie. Washington reunites with his Devil in a Blue Dress costar, Don Cheadle (who plays Whip's attorney), and who wouldn't want to see the reunion of two of the best actors of our generation? I know I'm psyched.
Also, you'll notice in the trailer that the great John Goodman is also among the cast, along with Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Tamara Tunie. Sure, this looks a bit standard and not much unlike other films we've seen in the past, but you know what, sign me up.
Flight hits theaters November 2nd.