Flight Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, drug use and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    An out-of-control pilot crashes and burns his reputation.

  • Starring:

    Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Nadine Velazquez, Tamara Tunie, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Don Cheadle

  • Directed by:

    Robert Zemeckis

  • Running time:

    138 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People scream in terror and a woman is knocked unconscious during an aircraft's uncontrolled descent. A pilot is knocked unconscious when his head hits the flight controls. A fireball explodes from a plane upon impact with terrain. Dangerous driving/drink-driving. A hunting rifle is seen. A man intimidates a woman with a baseball bat. A bottle is thrown and smashed. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Blood is seen on faces, clothing, bandages, splattered and smeared on objects. A corpse is seen in a pool of blood. Plane-crash survivors are seen looking disoriented, bloody and injured. Scratches, scars, bandages, injuries are seen. A man has his leg in traction. Nosebleed.


    A woman massages a man's thigh to begin foreplay. Passionate kissing. Prostitution (discussed). Nudity: A nude woman walks around a hotel bedroom and begins to dress (front and back nudity is fully seen). A man's naked bottom is seen. A woman visits the set of a pornographic film; men and women are seen in revealing clothing. A stack of pornographic magazines is seen.


    Drugs are injected, snorted. Needles are prepped and seen entering skin. Drug paraphernalia is seen. Marijuana is seen. Prescription drugs are mentioned (Xanax, Apresoline, hydrocodone, Vicodin, dihydromorphinone, Panadol, aspirin) and seen. Tracks on an arm are seen. A woman overdoses. Alcohol (beer, spirits); excessive drinking, drunken behaviour.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, crap, d*ck, name-calling and derogatory insults, religious exclamations.


    Addiction, denial, alcoholism, responsibility, lying, breaking from protocol, skill, miracles, abstinence, recklessness, sobriety, faith. Frequent references to God, Jesus Christ and God's will.


    Hospital, trial, prison settings. Vomiting is seen. A heavy drug is called 'the Taliban'. Photos of a deceased mother (breast cancer) are seen. Deceased parents are discussed. An estranged father is mentioned. A man seems to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Medical procedures: IV drip (seen). Concussion, lacerations, MRI, strained tendons, deep bruising, torn ligaments, coma, brain-swelling, crushed legs, snapped pelvis, breast cancer and soft-tissue carcinoma are mentioned. Heavy rain, thunder and lightning. A man eats a bloody steak. THE CRASH (realistic):  A strong sense of terror and association is felt. Point-of-view cinematography from inside the cabin and the cockpit. External (cell-phone) footage is later replayed.


    Harrowing in-flight sequences. Excellent performances, screenplay. Interesting character study. Engrossing.


    Excessive preaching. Parts of the plane crash are technically inaccurate and improbable. Over-characterisation. Story and sub-plots feel stretched, deliberate and overly melodramatic.

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