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Never Let Zemeckis Motion Capture Again: Flight Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 7, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 7, 2012 |

Plot summaries are not the most reliable judge of the quality of a movie because so much of a story’s success or failure lies between the lines of those little paragraphs. Nearly identical plot summaries can produce films monumentally different in quality. But never have I seen a disparity as wide as the one that exists between the two for the film Flight.

Read this plot summary:

In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who 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?

Decidedly meh, not anything more than a run of the mill “Dateline” episode. Now watch this trailer:

Robert Zemeckis finally pulled out of the motion capture movie game and this is the trailer he produces? If the film is half as good as the trailer is, then we need to take away all of Zemeckis’ motion capture technology, burn it on his front lawn, and follow him around twenty four hours a day to prevent him from ever disappearing down that hole again.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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