Director: Robert Zemeckis
Run time: 2hrs 18m
Despite my ever-present fear of planes falling out of the sky, I desperately wanted to see this film, amid a growing respect for the work of one D. Washington. It looked interesting, the trailer sold it well, so we rented it as soon as it was available on iTunes.
2:40 – Two minutes in, heaps of nudity and swearing already. This may not be the film I thought!
5:57 – Oxygen hit!
9:41 – Those windscreen wipers are going massively fast. I’m not sure I knew planes had wipers.
13:18 – I don’t trust that to be the end of the flight story, else that’s a really short film.
17:59 – Curious how these two stories are interconnected.
19:27 – Does that fuel fall down to the ground? People below thinking there’s an odd kind of rain?
22:58 – “We’re alright, we’re flying.” In a manner of speaking.
25:22 – And they’re down.
28:24 – Bureaucracy stops him telling him crew member names. He’s the pilot!
34:04 – The plane was dope? Dope as in bad, presumably, not dope in Will.i.am’s vocabulary.
38:35 – The last thing you need when recovering from a weather-related plane crash is a thunderstorm!
39:54 – Ahh, there the stories collide.
45:45 – You meet a stranger in a hospital stairwell, do you give him your address?
47:59 – 127 voicemails!!
50:31 – My god, all those hiding places for alcohol.
55:04 – Toxicology tests not good for a drinker.
57:16 – That didn’t last long.
57:41 – It’s all the bartenders fault for saying “Just an orange juice?” in such an incredulous way.
1:03:19 – That’s an awful tattoo of a spider on her arm. What if she liked someone who was scared of them?
1:07:11 – Everybody likes baseball.
1:12:59 – He came out of the house and knocked on the door to the outside. Weird.
1:22:21 – No sad realisation just yet then.
1:29:25 – A farm in the middle of nowhere is a great place for an argument, no one can hear the shouting and it echoes around.
1:40:12 – Those paparazzi will find you wherever you go.
1:44:42 – Spongebob!
1:50:22 – Forty-five minutes to sober him up.
1:54:26 – John Goodman not really in this one enough to steal it. Fun though.
1:55:11 – ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ – lift music is always so pertinent, it’s incredible.
2:03:46 – If these questions are admissible in court, they are pretty poorly-worded.
It really wasn’t the film I thought it would be, far more “gritty” for want of a better word. Yes there was the nudity and the swearing, but for a change it didn’t feel gratuitous. It was a bit depressing in places, but laid open the hideous Catch 22 of being the only pilot who can save lives, despite being open to criminal action for doing so.
Overall a good film, but more about a battle with addiction than anything to do with the flight itself, I thought perhaps the trailer was a bit misleading, but I still enjoyed it regardless.