First Trailer for Robert Zemeckis' Live-Action Film Return with 'Flight'

June 6, 2012
Source: Apple

Robert Zemeckis' Flight Trailer

"The way you landed that plane is nothing short of a miracle." It's been over a decade since we've seen a live-action film from Robert Zemeckis (after Beowulf, The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol became the director's focus), and ironically enough, that film was Cast Away, which followed Tom Hanks trying to survive on a desert island after a plane crash. Now the director is back to live-action filmmaking with a film that has a plane crash being prevented as the catalyst for a powerful drama starring Denzel Washington. The first trailer is here and it is quite something, quite a lot to take in, yet looks fascinating and quite good.

Here's the first trailer for Robert Zemeckis' Flight, originally in high def from Apple:

Flight marks the return of Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away) to live-action filmmaking after diving into motion-capture films like A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express and Beowulf. Written by John Gatins (Real Steel, Coach Carter), the film follows an airline pilot (Denzel Washington) who saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling about how the events unfolded. Don Cheadle, John Goodman, James Badge Dale, Melissa Leo and more star in the film which Paramount Pictures is sending to theaters on November 2nd this fall. Your thoughts?

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Looks Classic Zemeckis! Awesome!!

Buzzfunk on Jun 6, 2012


Fuck yeah, that was pretty damn awesome.

Xerxexx on Jun 6, 2012


God damnit i almost cried. Fuckin' lawyers

Lowrider83 on Jun 6, 2012



A. L. Awyer, Esq. on Jun 7, 2012


Looks pretty good--and the cast certainly grabs the attention. And besides, it's Denzel and Don together again--it's been years since DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS.....

Scopedog on Jun 7, 2012


 It looks great.

Xerxexx on Jun 7, 2012


You said "Fuck."

Quanah on Jun 7, 2012


 Now I'm gonna have to take you to the zoo.

Xerxexx on Jun 10, 2012


Thank God you got the reference.

Quanah on Jun 11, 2012


Watched it a couple of months ago.

Xerxexx on Jun 11, 2012


Looks amazing...

David Darida on Jun 6, 2012


This looks amazing!

Nasser AlMulaifi on Jun 6, 2012


Damn, looks great! Wonderful cast, I'm all in!!

grimjob on Jun 6, 2012


Zemeckis is back!

Nielsen700 on Jun 6, 2012


Wow. That's how you cut a trailer together. Yeah, it had a lot of information; but I still have unanswered questions. Well done, Mr. Zemeckis.

DaveLister_JMC on Jun 6, 2012


wow looks amazing.  Rolling Stones clinch it every time for me.  Well done Mr. Zemeckis.

Lincoln Smith on Jun 6, 2012


The movie looks great...but I still wonder...crash landing a plane upside down reduces casualties?  

DidHeDied? on Jun 6, 2012


Assuming something like the ailerons were stuck and pushing the plane down.  Only way to get enough lift to land safely was to flip the plane and have the down ailerons become up ailerons.  (I'm not pilot-- just guessing) s

superchopper on Jun 6, 2012


Superchopper:  "I'm not a pilot, but I did fly my Cessna into a Holiday Inn Express last night."

Smartass on Jun 7, 2012



superchopper on Jun 7, 2012


Washington is a national treasure. Throw in Cheadle, Goodman and an upside down jetliner? Wow.

97point6 on Jun 6, 2012


Don't forget Bruce Greenwood! ...But in all seriousness, yeah, this film has a great cast.  Hopefully a great cast=great film.

Scopedog on Jun 7, 2012


Bring back uncanny valley! Just kiddin. I reckon it was aliens from another time that landed that plane.

Crapola on Jun 6, 2012


It's about time Zemeckis returned to real filmmaking. This looks really good.

Last Son on Jun 6, 2012


FINALLY Robert's BACK!!! 

TumMM on Jun 6, 2012


Do you get it now, Zemeckis? You're really good at film making without all that motion capture rubbish. Welcome back old boy. 

Al on Jun 6, 2012


I love how all the comments are trashing what Zemeckis has been doing. Let an artist do whatever he wants. Who are you to say that it's rubbish or garbage or stupid when it's his passion?  I can't comprehend that.  Also film looks good.

DaftBot on Jun 6, 2012


Art criticism has been around as long as art.  We can say whatever we want, and of course, Zemeckis or any artist can do whatever they want, regardless of what's said...which is exactly what he did.  Heck, if he had listened to what people were saying he would have high tailed it out of there after polar express.

Lincoln Smith on Jun 7, 2012


His motion capture films are awful. Leave animation to those guys at Pixar. Bob's live action films are awesome and I am so glad that he is finally back making real motion pictures.

Last Son on Jun 8, 2012


 Yes! FINALLY a non CGI crapfest from Zemeckis for once. Now it looks like he's back to makin REAL movies again with real sets and actors. Thank you movie gods!

John on Jun 7, 2012


Yeah, but it's got CGI in it--I mean, de plane! De plane! It is good to see him back, though.  Will be interesting to see how this film turns out.

Scopedog on Jun 7, 2012


Shame those planes can't fly upside down like that. Never mind :0  

Qube on Jun 7, 2012


 ^ Actually, they can. Granted it's a 707 and some time ago. But ...

97point6 on Jun 7, 2012


Damn Zemeckis know's how to make movies. That gave me the chills on back of my neck. Me likey.

irish003 on Jun 7, 2012


Looks interesting, but the music they used completely ruined the mood.

Lagoya on Jun 7, 2012


This looks bloody brilliant!!! 

D6 on Jun 7, 2012


Looks intense, look froward to it.

tzarinna on Jun 7, 2012


I'd type more, but I'm weeping with joy seeing Zemeckis direct human beings. Looks good.

Quanah on Jun 7, 2012


Don Cheadle and Denzel Washington... A "Devil In a Blue Dress" reunion. Cheadle stole that film from Denzel. John Goodman and Denzel Washinton... A "Fallen" reunion. Goodman ALMOST stole that from Denzel. Bruce Greenwood and Denzel Washington.. A "Deja Vu"/''St. Elsewhere' reunion... Hell Zemeckis... did you cast everybody that acted with D in this?  Where's Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick and Russell Crowe?  Sheesh.... (Oh... the film looks keen...Im in there.)

Duane on Jun 7, 2012


Well, shit, where the hell is Sir Gene Hackman then?!

grimjob on Jun 7, 2012


Waaaay too heavy for me. Awesome trailer. I hate DW's smugness but it looks tamed down in this flick.

Ellsworthr on Jun 8, 2012



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