It has its share of problems (contrary to what the ads are showing you, it spends most of its running time being yet another addiction melodrama), but Robert Zemeckis’ Flight does have one major draw: its opening in-flight sequences are among the most gripping, terrifying flying scenes ever put to film. And that’s not an easy boast to make — over the past several years, many filmmakers have brought the air traveler’s biggest fear to harrowing life on screen. After the jump, we’ve put together a dozen of the most harrowing flying sequences into this exclusive supercut.
CREDITS Edited by Jason Bailey Music Performed by Michelle Featherstone Composed by John Denver
FILMS: Alive (Frank Marshall, 1993) Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000) Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis, 2000) Die Hard 2 (Renny Harlin, 1990) The Edge (Lee Tamahori, 1997) Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993) Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999) Final Destination (James Wong, 2000) Flight of the Phoenix (John Moore, 2004) The Grey (Joe Carnahan, 2012) Knowing (Alex Proyas, 2009) Passengers (Rodrigo Garcia, 2008)
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