It feels weird that Robert Zemeckis‘s return to live action filmmaking isn’t a little more buzzed about. The man directed Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump and Cast Away. But spending nearly a decade chasing motion capture technology (only to be trumped by James Cameron) may have made his upcoming film Flight more of a question mark than home run.

The film stars Denzel Washington and a ton of great character actors (John Goodman, Don Cheadle, James Badge Dale, Melissa Leo and Bruce Greenwood) in a story of a pilot who miraculously saves a a crashing plane, but once it’s revealed that he wasn’t entirely sober while doing so complicates things, even though he seems to have been the only one to be able to pull off such a landing. The miracle aspect of the film may be why it’s not getting the greatest push as the film could have much to do with faith. Here’s the trailer:

Ten years ago this would have been the Oscar front runner with the exact same cast and story. Even twenty years ago. But it appears that Oscar prognosticators aren’t taking the film seriously, and Paramount isn’t exactly selling it as an Oscar picture. Which is strange. In fact, Paramount’s campaign on this so far is curiously muted for one of the biggest directors and stars in the business. Perhaps we’ll know more when the film hits theaters November 2.

Are you going to check out Flight?