Friday, June 16, 2017

Movie review: Sully

 In 2009 people around the world were astonished when airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger successfully ditched a fully loaded Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after losing both engines in a bird strike.

Tom Hanks (Sully), Aaron Eckhart (Jeff), Valerie Mahaffey (Diane), Delphi Harrington (Lucille), Mike O'Malley (Porter), Jamey Sheridan (Edwards), Anna Gunn (Elizabeth), Holt McCallany (Mike), Laura Linney (Lorrie).

Upon departure from La Guardia Airport, Flight 1549 experienced a catastrophic bird strike that destroyed both engines. With no time, an increasingly unresponsive plane, and no way to make it to an airport, pilot Sully realizes ditching in the Hudson will result in the least loss of life on the ground.
Successfully landing the plane on the river, Sully and his crew saved the lives of all 155 passengers on board in an unprecedented and heroic act. The film takes a look at Sully's life and the actions of everyone involved in the incredible landing of the plan on the Hudson river.

Acting was well done with Hanks and Eckhart both delivering perfectly and apparently working well together. I do not know if the NTSB investigation portrayed is realistic or not, but O'Malley played and aggressive NTSB investigator very well. Cusak, Hagan, Gabbert, and the remainder of the cast did very well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were very realistic and nicely done. The film doesn't appear to use much real footage, instead relying on CGI which is quite well done. Action scenes are nicely done and seem to represent what really happened. Dialogue was solid and well contained to relevant information. Sound and soundtrack were decent.

The story of Flight 1549 is incredible and quite well known. Sully is a very good retelling of the story with good setup, follow-up, and apparent accuracy. Those who enjoy intense drama or who have interest in knowing more about the events of Flight 1549 will likely enjoy Sully.

With some foul language and potentially disturbing adult situations, like the crash of a loaded airplane, save this one for mature teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 6.2.17
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Biographies, Drama, True Stories

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