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Denzel Washington in 'Flight' trailer

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What if before “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully Sullenberger had pulled off his heroic splashdown, he’d knocked back a few at the airport bar? That’s the entry point for Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ first pure live-action film since 2000’s Cast Away. Denzel Washington plays a pilot whose cool under fire and wizardry in the cockpit saved at last 100 lives when their plane broke apart mid-flight. But did the booze in his system play any role in the plane’s mishap in the first place? Watch the trailer below.

Zemeckis sure knows how to dramatize mid-air horror. Remember the terrifying sea crash in Cast Away that doomed Tom Hanks to confiding in a volleyball? And Washington’s Capt. Whitaker reminds me on one of my favorite — and overlooked — of his performances: the haunted military investigator in Courage Under Fire. I’m on board.

Flight open Nov. 2

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