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Captain Whip Whitaker

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daviddhovey.com, 11 Jan 2014 [cached]
Denzel Washington plays a seasoned airline pilot (Captain Whip Whitaker) flying for a low budget southeast regional carrier named SouthJet (think ValuJet).
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The movie begins with Captain Whitaker piloting a routine flight between Orlando and Atlanta.
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With the co-pilot now completely freaked out, Whitaker calmly assumes control of the situation by executing a series of instinctual and unconventional maneuvers including applying additional thrust, increasing drag and rolling the aircraft completely upside down to correct the dive and achieve level flight. During this time, both engines blow out and cannot be extinguished or re-started. The scene in the cabin is horrifying with people falling out of their seats, vomiting and rolling around uncontrollably.
Without power and unable to locate an alternative airport, Whitaker indentifies an open field to crash land the jet. He rolls the aircraft right-side up and begins an aggressive accent towards the field. Seconds before impact, Whitaker realizes they are approaching the property of a Baptist church and severs the church steeple with the right wing before slamming into the ground.
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As the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) investigation gets underway, Whip Whitaker is declared a hero for a masterful crash landing and is praised by the media, friends and colleagues. Additionally, he discovers that other veteran pilots attempted to duplicate his maneuvers in a flight simulator. All failed to arrest the dive and ended up crashing nose first.
Seems like a heroic Captain Sully Sullenberger landing on the Hudson River story, right? There’s just one complication; Whip Whitaker is an alcoholic and drug addict.
Before flights, Whitaker consumes a variety of alcoholic beverages then snorts lines of cocaine to restore his senses and concentration prior to entering the cockpit. He summons the “services†of his buddy Harling Mays (brilliantly played by John Goodman) to dispense and administer his drugs. During the NTSB investigation, this addiction has now caught up with Whitaker with his drug test after the crash confirming he was indeed intoxicated prior to the Orlando to Atlanta journey.
Towards the end of the movie, Whitaker is called to testify before a formal NTSB investigation board in Atlanta. During the hearing, Whitaker’s heroic aircraft maneuvers are acknowledged by the lead NTSB investigator. The NTSB board concludes by rolling the MD-80 upside down and maintaing an inverted flight attitude, Whitaker arrested the dive and prevented the aircraft from slamming into the ground nose first.  The NTSB also uncovered the cause of the mechanical failure.
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Whitaker evades the question and instead stares at the enlarged photo of Marquez before him.
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In this moment of personal reflection, Whitaker decides he must finally become accountable for his reckless addictions. Whitaker then admits to the NTSB lead that he had also been drinking before the flight and is in fact an alcoholic. This shocking confession strips Whitaker of his wings, his career and sends him to federal prison.
The movie concludes with Whitaker lecturing his fellow inmates on the lessons he’s learned and admitting that the consequences suffered from his irresponsible actions were fair and liberating. In short, Whitaker’s fateful 52 minute flight turns out to be a flight to personal redemption.
The last scene of the move shows Whitaker visiting his estranged son. The son explains that he is now applying for colleges and needs Whitaker’s help in writing a letter addressing the topic: “A fascinating person you have never metâ€. His son then asks him “So, who are you?â€
The film opens with Captain Whip ...
www.cyprus-mail.com, 15 Feb 2013 [cached]
The film opens with Captain Whip Whitaker (Washington) in a hotel room, hungover after a night with Katerina Marquez (played by Nadine Velazquez - naked naturally).
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On the one hand we are supposed to believe that despite being off his head on alcohol and coke, Whip Whitaker did what no other pilot could do in a simulation of the same experience. So Whitaker is a perfectly functioning alcoholic and super pilot, then. But if the alcohol and drugs didn't cause the crash, it was a fault with the plane (which by the way nobody seems to be the slightest bit interested in), then the illegal substances presumably helped him save lives. Maybe it was the boost he needed to do the unthinkable? They certainly didn't hinder him in his efforts. So why does he have to spend the next two hours beating himself up about it and trying to atone for his sins?
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I won't spoil it by telling you what happens but suffice to say Whitaker's lawyer and best friend think it is a good idea to put Whip up in a hotel room, with access to an excessively packed mini bar, the night before the hearing.
Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel ...
www.lights-camera-jackson.com, 31 May 2013 [cached]
Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars in "Flight" as Captain Whip Whitaker - a performance that has earned him Best Actor nominations from the BFCA, the Hollywood Foreign Press, SAG-AFTRA and the Academy. Whip is a veteran pilot who, on the day the story begins, is in charge of flying a plane from Florida to Georgia. It's a stormy morning. The co-pilot on this flight is young and he and Whitaker have never worked together. The flight starts-out a little bumpy and then conditions get much worse. Soon the pilots have no control of the aircraft.
Whitaker makes some very critical decisions, including flying the plane inverted - completely upside down - in order to prevent it from nose-diving straight into the ground, killing everyone on board. He is able to pull-off an emergency landing, and for a while he's considered a hero. But events in his life before, during and after the crash-landing will determine the direction that Whip's life will go from that day forward.
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But once on the ground, "Flight" becomes a study of Whitaker, not as a pilot, but a person and this is where the film becomes a showcase for the talented Mr. Washington, who portrays Whitaker as both a good guy who's not really good and a bad guy who's not really bad.
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But once on the ground, "Flight" becomes a study of Whitaker, not as a pilot, but a person and this is where the film becomes a showcase for the talented Mr. Washington, who portrays Whitaker as both a good guy who's not really good and a bad guy who's not really bad.
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Bruce Greenwood plays a former flying partner and longtime friend of Whitaker's, Don Cheadle perfectly cast as the lawyer for the pilot's union and John Goodman continues on his roll of great supporting roles, playing Whitaker's friend/drug dealer.
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Bruce Greenwood plays a former flying partner and longtime friend of Whitaker's, Don Cheadle perfectly cast as the lawyer for the pilot's union and John Goodman continues on his roll of great supporting roles, playing Whitaker's friend/drug dealer.
Whip Whitaker, a seasoned ...
www.onvideo.org, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every person on board. After the crash, Whitaker is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane.
"Flight" follows the emergency crash landing ...
www.rudieobias.com, 14 Oct 2012 [cached]
"Flight" follows the emergency crash landing of a commercial airliner, where Captain Whip Whitaker's (Denzel Washington) daring maneuvering lands the airplane as safely as possible.
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The pilot Whitaker is woken up by a phone call from his ex-wife about his estranged son.
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Once the airplane crashes, the story kicks in with a character examination of Washington's Whip Whitaker.
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Whitaker is an alcoholic in denial. It's clear from the start of the film when Whitaker wakes up and swigs a beer that this man is in no condition to operate an airplane full of passengers. Then this idea is confirmed when Whitaker snorts a line of Cocaine to "perk up. There is a lot of drug use and irresponsible behavior in "Flight. The film is very subversive. We're rooting for Whip Whitaker to clean himself up but why. It seems only because he is the main character. He does horrible things to the people around him but still has enough charm and natural talent to keep us invested in him and his story. But while an investigation is underway on how this flight crashed, Whitaker meets a Heroin drug addict named Nicole (Kelly Reilly) while in the hospital.
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Nicole becomes sober, while Whip is a mess but there's still that initial attraction she had for him. Unfortunately, this is the weakest part of "Flight. The couple feels mismatched, and rightfully so, they're supposed to be, but the lack of charm and chemistry between the two is hard to watch on the screening. This is the intent of the pairing, but it's still not a very pleasant way to watch this character's downfall.
Whitaker has more falling to do.
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