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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
|Studio :||Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros., Kennedy/Marshall Company, The,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Tom Hanks Laura Linney Jamey Sheridan Chris Bauer Michael Rapaport|
|Genre :||Adventure Drama History|
The greatest movie ever!
Just so...so bad
An unexpected masterpiece
Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.
I thought "Sully" got off to a bit of a slow start. I remember the incident well from news reports - Captain Sullenberger landing the massive Airbus A320 in the Hudson River just a few minutes after takeoff because of dual engine failures - and everyone surviving the incident. It sounds like an exciting story, but it's made pretty clear from the start that this is going to be far more about the investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board than about the incident itself. Which, I suppose, is understandable. As is pointed out several times in the movie, the entire incident lasted about 208 seconds. You can't really make a movie about a 208 second incident. And, indeed, for the first little while this movie had me a bit disoriented, wondering what really was going on. But the story picks up its pace well, and in the end director Clint Eastwood did a magnificent job of moving back and forth from the narrative about the investigation to what actually happened in the cockpit - and the cockpit scenes were dramatic and seemingly (to me, admittedly a non-pilot) meticulously recreated - as was the ultimate evacuation of the plane afterward. It really was a tribute not just to Sully, but to all of the flight crew, who acted professionally and calmly and ensured the survival of their passengers.The NTSB didn't come across quite as well. Sullenberger became (understandably) a hero almost from the moment this happened. After all, it happened in broad daylight in one of the world's largest cities - lots of people saw it. The depiction of the NTSB investigators was that they were antagonistic toward Sully, perhaps either disturbed or jealous that his media acclaim was getting way ahead of their work, and they came across as people looking to place blame for the incident rather than people who were looking for the truth. The actual investigators disputed how they were portrayed, and my understanding is that even Sullenberger disagreed with the liberties that the writers and Eastwood took with this part of the story. I suppose there was a feeling that a movie has to have a "bad guy" to create dramatic tension - and the NTSB filled that role perfectly, even if the portrayal was unfair.Tom Hanks is obviously the star of this movie. Aaron Eckhart is along for the ride as Scully's co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, but everything in this movie focuses on Hanks. His performance, I thought, was predictably excellent. It's an understated performance - not high on typical drama or excitement, but portraying Sully as a naturally humble man who finds himself thrust into the spotlight and tormented by the thought that he could have done something different - something safer - although it's made clear that for all his thoughts about alternatives in the end he's confident that he made the right decision - the evidence for that being that all 155 people on the plane survived.Ultimately, after that slow start that lasted for maybe 15 or 20 minutes when the movie seemed a bit off focus, this turned out to be an excellent story of a man who is, indeed, a real hero. (8/10)
Very well done! The film is just like the real Sully himself (who always says he was just doing his job) - no fuss, no melodrama, no glorification of the man but just plain story telling that is absolutely entertaining. The film covers the actual events of Hudson landing, and then the aftermath of it all for Sully's career as a pilot and his reputation. The visuals and sound effects that take you through the events in the plane culminating in a Hudson landing are extraordinary. You really feel like you need to brace for impact! And this is while watching on Netflix. Must have been an amazing experience in the theatre. Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart are perfect in their roles. Rest of the cast did a great job too. Wonder how this film wasn't popular in the awards circuit. I mean here is an amazingly well told story of a remarkable man who did not panic under tremendous pressure, calmly made an excellent split second decision and saved so many lives and the Academy found nothing good in it? Cannot understand how they overlooked Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks and the film itself.
So I saw Sully and found it very well done. It had really cool reenactments of the airplane crash both as sorrow for the passengers and as special effects recreating the crash. It also was very well paced. I would've liked to know Sully's family more and it didn't have an ending. It just stopped, but was mostly very entertaining.
There are many many inconsistencies all throughout the movie the most disturbing one is how the Airbus approaches the river on a level angle at 140mph. All you need is to have seen at least once in your life such a plane on a descent. The nose is pointed up specially during the stall that the pilot must have put the plane in to decrease its speed for touchdown. From the cockpit window no river would have been visible and that would have made it a much more poetic visual composition. It's just a deliberate mistake to increase the drama through "epicness" of landscape photography but since it's such a vital shot it ruined the whole movie for me. The things that were of interest all fell flat: Sully's background as a fighter pilot, his relationship to a guy who flew that particular Airbus for the very first time, the geese and how they were subsequently hunted and annihilated, the deep shock of the traffic control agent that thought he had lost a plane (rather than that goofy, spaced out mess), there is just so much material in real life for this movie and yet somehow Todd Komarnicki just managed to keep it as dull and formulaic as possible. The editing is well done except for a terrible bar scene that lasted way too long and had a barkeeper making a joke about a splash of water? To quote the movie: If not for Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood - take them away from the equation - this movie is really bad.