Sully (2016)(Movie Review)

Genre: Biography, Drama

Director: Clint Eastwood

Lead cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

My Rating: 7/10

(if you want to watch something which will make you feel that your time is well spent watch Sully)

Watch Trailer Here

Ever imagined what it is like to fly an airplane. High above the ground among the clouds, just like birds!. When you think about it, it seems beautiful, isn’t it? Well there are people whose job is to fly an airplane and they think the same. Some might even say that it is the best job in the world. Sully as a movie shows us the other side of the spectrum where the greatest horror of a pilot is shown i.e. an emergency landing. Though every one of these professionals are trained for such a situation but none would want to face it.

Sully is based on the crash of US airways flight 1549 “on” the Hudson river of New York(it is made clear in the movie that the plane didn’t crash but it safely landed). Though the movie focuses more on the investigation of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and Captain Jeff Skiles after the incredible landing we do get to see the landing about three times. It shows that though the media had already declared Sully as the ‘hero’ but NTBS hadn’t finished their investigation on the crash. Though we know what happened to the flight in real life (and there by knowing the end of the movie) it still is able to hold our attention throughout. It has a certain tension in it showing us not the heroic but the human side of the incident.

The movie Starts off with a scene where the flight crashes into a skyscraper in the city, this is later revealed to be a dream of Captain Sully. This is one of the most important scene as it gets the audience’s attention as to what’s happening the movie. I had a WTF moment as I thought that it’s not possible for the flight to crash. This set’s up the mood of the movie and also tell us what Sully has been thinking ever since he landed his flight on the river, it’s ” Had I made the right decision?” This is quite a concern for sully as the NTBS is quite certain that the plane could have returned the airports safely and that Sully didn’t need to take such a risk. Also it is later revealed that he did not follow the standard procedure for such kinds of situations but went on with his decades of experience and says, “I eyeballed it” which goes on to worsen his case. According to the reports of NTBS simulations, which were run multiple times, showed that the flight had enough altitude to return to the airport. Sully was in jeopardy as he would lose his job just at the end of his career which would result in him losing his pension too. At some places I get some vibes that he is having some problems in his family but that area remains unexplored in the movie.(Which is the only disappointing thing about it)

The movie ends with a beautiful monologue by our captain. Sully is a movie about being human. At the time of crash the captain does not lose his humanity in panic but remained calm and saved 155 lives(a feat never been achieved before) and even after becoming an overnight sensation he remains human ,does not act like a God  but is concerned about his family’s future.


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