We fasten our seat belts for a flyover of Hollywood's ill-fated airplane
By Mary Pols
Special to MSN Movies
Director Robert Zemeckis swears it is just coincidence. Two out of the five
films he's released in the last 12 years feature flights that go terrible wrong.
First there was "Cast Away" and now "Flight," which stars Denzel Washington as a
pilot so talented and cool under pressure that he can handle a nose-diving
airliner while drunk and high on cocaine (the investigation after the crash is
harder on him). Zemeckis doesn't have a fear of flying. In fact, he's a
certified instrument pilot himself and has flown himself across the country a
few times. "It's quite safe," he says. During a stop on his national publicity
tour in Boston, he readily admitted that some of his advisers thought it wasn't
wise to make another plane crash movie. But he was already smitten with John
Gatins' ("Real Steel") script: "I said, 'Yeah, but there's nothing I can do
about it. It is not like can make him a Greyhound bus driver.'" And as he
pointed out, there's nothing like a vicarious thrill. "That is what movies do,"
he said. "You get to feel the terror of it without it being real." Here's MSN's
list of great movies about flights gone awry. And sorry, Samuel L. Jackson:
"Snakes on a Plane" is not on it.
"Flight" is out in theaters Nov. 2.
Bing: 'Flight' | Watch the trailer
For more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.