With Denzel Washington's gritty performance -- the most harrowing, perhaps, since Michael Keaton's in Clean and Sober -- and such a strong supporting cast, don't be surprised if Flight's final touchdown is somewhere in Oscar-Land.
That Flight is not the movie I was expecting to see, or that I wanted to see, is not grounds for criticism. But the fact that Flight simply isn't a very compelling version of what it is demands acknowledgement.
Flight is the story of a flawed man enabled by the fact that he rarely loses control. That a hotel mini-bar can be scarier than a plane flailing in midair is a measure of this classic cautionary tale, one of the best pictures as award season approaches.