Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Flight

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Flight

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FLIGHT Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Paramount, 2012)

Ernest Hemingway wrote that courage was "grace under pressure," and in Flight director Robert Zemeckis has created a taut drama about an airline pilot who manages to keep his wits in the most horrific of situations, calmly and courageously pulling a plummeting airliner out of its downward spiral and saving hundreds of doomed souls with a move so daring it would have scared the wings off most other pilots.

But Flight is not a film about a courageous hero, or at least not at the start. Instead, as the title itself hints, it is the story of a man running away from himself and everyone who makes demands on him. As the tale unfolds, we discover that the herculean physical courage Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) exhibits in the plummeting airliner stands in sharp contrast to the cowardice with which he faces the normal challenges of adult life. …

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