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Family Movie Review: Flight (R)

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MPAA Rating: R          Length: 138 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 17+. Denzel Washington has done some teen-friendly action films lately, like “Safe House” and “Unstoppable,” but “Flight,” not so much. Lots of cursing, drug use, drinking, and an incredibly violent, tense plane crash, as well as implied sexual situations, an entirely nude woman, and Washington’s butt.

Denzel Washington is an actor whose intensity can save pretty much any project. But even Washington can’t save the aimless, unsurprising ‘Flight.’

By Roxana Hadadi

What performance do you think of when you hear the name Denzel Washington? His late ’80s and early ’90s work, like “Glory,” “Malcolm X,” or “Philadelphia”? His Oscar-winning turn in “Training Day”? Or his variety of action flicks, like “Man on Fire,” “Unstoppable,” or “Safe House”? Washington is a man you remember, the kind of actor who often elevates any kind of dreck around him (ahem, “The Book of Eli”). But his latest Oscar bait, “Flight,” is so uninspired, so frustrating, and so stagnant, that not even Washington can escape unscathed. It’s hard to watch this film and think of any reason Washington decided to do it other than the Oscar nomination. There can’t be any other explanation.

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