9-9-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: SULLY (2016)
Tom Hanks transforms from Cold War negotiator Jim Donovan in last years “Bridge of Spies” to sporting a grey beard and mustache as pilot Chesley Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully”-who, in 2009, captained US Airways Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte saving 155 passengers by landing a disabled twin-engine plane on New York’s Hudson River.
“Sully” takes place after the “Miracle on the Hudson” and follows the grueling investigation of Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles by the FAA and the impact it had on their personal lives. Eastwood employs flashbacks throughout the film to recreate the story and shed light on Sullenberger’s history in aviation starting when he was just a teenager.
As incredible as this story is, Sullenberger’s piloting efforts thankfully made this picture and real life ending far less dramatic than it would have been had the plane crashed and no one survived. I believe Eastwood, by focusing on the events that followed after the landing, filmed this picture in the only manner possible that would have spanned the full hour and a half feature runtime; even then the film, at times, becomes somewhat repetitive.
In a sea of familiar faces audiences will recognize, Hanks, who appears in nearly every minute of the film, shows us once again why he’s the most talented actor of his generation giving a performance which undoubtedly required heavy memorization and familiarity with piloting and aviation. Shot in its entirety using the latest of IMAX cameras and lenses, “Sully” is one film shown on the big screen you won’t want to miss.
I give “Sully” 3 out of 4 Stars.