Theatrical Release: November 2, 2012


Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip 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?

Dove Review

This movie has a tight and interesting storyline along with a strong performance by leading-man Denzel Washington. But like the story about the plane in this film, this movie goes out of control in the content department and is too turbulent in the sex, drugs and nudity as well as language categories for us to recommend it for family viewing. In fact it rates a four in sex, a five in language, a four in nudity and a five in the drug category and anything that rates above a two doesn’t receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Washington plays Captain William “Whip” Whitaker, a seasoned pilot who is given a disastrous situation when major problems with the plane develop during flight. The plane, Southwest flight 227, dives and is headed for a crash and his experience shows as he has his co-pilot invert the plane and he somehow manages to crash land in a field. Out of 102 souls on board the plane six die, four passengers and two crew members. When a flight simulation takes place later with ten other pilots, each of them crashes the plane with no lives saved. But despite his heroics Whitaker had been drinking and up all night before taking control of the cockpit in addition to using cocaine and now he must appear before an inquiry and either lie or come clean. There are plenty of dramatics in the movie and it does show that people who have battled alcohol addiction can change if they first realize there is a problem.

However, with the strong content mentioned above and listed in our content descriptions, we are unable to even come close to recommending this movie for family viewing.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Strong sex scene in the beginning including full frontal and rear female nudity and rear male nudity; sex outside of marriage and several sexual references including masturbation comments and innuendos including slang about oral sex; kissing in a few scenes; man brings a man pornographic magazines.
Language: I lost count of the vast number of profanities and cursing but it is non-stop and includes several utterances of "GD" and a "For C*rist Sake", "J" and many uses of the F word in addition to slang for male genitalia.
Violence: A realistic plane crash with fire as it crashes and a few people are seen with blood on their bodies and a few people die; a man threatens a woman with a baseball bat; a father and son wrestle in anger when the father comes to his ex-wife's home.
Drugs: Constant drinking scenes as a main character is an alcoholic and this includes vodka and beer; cigarette smoking in many scenes; cocaine use and a few characters are seen on screen snorting cocaine; woman puffs on a marijuana cigarette; woman uses drugs with a needle and she passes out.
Nudity: Full frontal and rear female nudity; rear male nudity; shirtless men; cleavage.
Other: An AA meeting in which a man confesses he is an alcoholic; tension between a man and his son and his ex-wife.


Company: Paramount
Writer: John Gatins
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 93 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter