Broadly, this documentary explores the aftermath of the Boeing 737 Max crashes. What it presents is varied: the work of attorneys for families of the victims engaged in pre-trial iprep; families remembering their lost loved ones, especially one woman remembering her late father; a pilot association lamenting the failure of Boeing to provide information about a new 'safety' feature or provide sufficient training to pilots; the causes of the crashes; a reporter, who previously reported on the 737 Max's failures, recounting what he determined and talking to a confidential source within the FAA talking about general sentiment within the agency ; the history of Boeing; a whistleblower within Boeing who committed suicide decades ago; a current whistleblower as to "production" issues facing the public spotlight; and even how Covid 19 is effecting. Boeing's profits. What the film fails to do in its 98 minutes is look in-depth into any of these topics or connect these pieces into a comprehensive whole.
The time spent on whistleblowers is greatly wasted. We learned nothing as to the allegations made by the whistleblower who killed himself in the distant past and we are presented with nothing to believe that the allegations he made had any validity. The allegations made by the current whistleblower are referenced as issues related to "production' and something(s) that happened on the assembly floor. As the 737 Max's crashes were caused by compounded problems of faulty angle of attack sensors and a badly designed safety software program that forced planes to repeatedly dive towards the ground, it is questionable as to whether the complained of "production" issues have anything to do with the cause of the crashes. As the film keeps the whistleblower's specific allegations vague, I was left believing the filmmakers were unable to establish the validity of the allegations or connect them to the crashes. Thus, it raises the question as to why a good portion of the screen time was allotted to watching the whistleblower lament his situation and talk to his wife.
A good film could have been produced by limiting the focus and going more in depth, but this was not done. Instead the filmmakers were content with presenting a bunch of weakly connected scenes that fail to create a strong whole.
Flight / Risk follows everyday people who find themselves in the midst of a global tragedy when two Boeing 737 Max planes crashed only five months apart in 2018 and 2019. This powerful documentary is told through the perspective of affected family members, their legal teams, whistleblowers, and Pulitzer-winning Seattle Times journalist Dominic Gates.
September 10, 2022 at 09:54 PM