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I ramble about a number of things - but travel experiences, movies and music feature prominently. See my label cloud for a better idea. All comnments and opinions on this blog are my own, and do not in any way reflect the opinions/position of my employer (past/current/future).

11 February 2013

Movie: Flight

Within the first minute of the movie, Denzel Washington's character of Captain Whip Whitaker, drinks some beer, smokes a cigarette and snorts a line of cocaine - and he hasn't even got out of bed yet. 

In one sense, this is a movie about addiction, the lies addicts tell themselves, and the very hard and difficult road to beating addiction. But it is also a movie that asks a fundamentally difficult question - if an addict is fully functional in being able to deliver what they need to deliver (and in the case of the movie, actually do something that almost everybody else cannot do) - should they be stigmatised as addicts? 

Denzel Washington delivers a brilliant performance; and well supported by a wide range of great performances. Although the pace is a bit slow in the middle, it is a great story, and very worthwhile watching.