Sully – Movie Review
Sully is based on the real life events of a fateful day, Jan. 15, 2009 and US Airways Flight 1549. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (portrayed by Tom Hanks) takes off from LaGuardia and within moments his Airbus has a multiple bird strike. Both engines are disabled as a result of the birdstrike and speed and altitude are dropping. The Captain assesses the options and attempts an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River. As we all know, miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive. Overnight, Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. However as the NTSB step in, Captain Sullenberger faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
Ever since January 14th 2009, I have been following the story of US Airways Flight 1549. I remember seeing the security camera feeds of the airbus landing on the Hudson. This movie is the story of that flight which only lasted 208 seconds.
The start of movie is spectacular. I am not going to ruin it but do not be late for this movie.
There are a lot of Flashbacks and dream sequences used. They work very well and show how harrowing this was for the flight crew. The successful forced water landing and saving of all 155 on board soon turns to doubt. The NTSB investigate the incident, questioning the flight crew over and over. At one point you are not sure if they made the right choices.
The investigation includes some technical references, for example QRH is mentioned but not explained. (Quick Reference Handbook which is a step by step guide to solving aircraft issues). There are a few other references, but overall there is not too much technical information so don’t be put off.
Other reviews of this movie say the movie drags. I did not find this at all. I was thoroughly entertained throughout. Clint Eastwood directs this movie and his style of direction is obvious. Not one scene is wasted nor are any present just to pad the movie. I think Clint could have even played Sully if this was shot 30 years ago.
Tom Hanks playing this role is spot on. He is so like the real life captain in manner and looks. Apparently the real captain chose Tom Hanks for the part.
Overall this is a wonderful film, really enjoyable, tense, dramatic and certainly worth seeing on the big screen. I think it could also be an Oscar Contender.
- Overall Score 94%