Sully is the true story of Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger who was a commercial airline Captain for US Airways and successfully landed a plane on the Hudon River on January 15, 2009. Directed by Clint Eastwood (American Sniper, Grand Turino, Million Dollar Baby), Sully couldn’t have been in better hands than with him as director and Tom Hanks in the driver seat. In fact, this movie is all about Tom Hank’s performance and Aaron Eckhart’s support.
After watching Sully, I could tell that this movie probably should have been an hour documentary, but was stretched by 30 minutes to make a motion picture. Now, many directors in Hollywood would have packed it with boring fluff and made it obvious that it should be much shorter, but Clint Eastwood’s story telling and style allowed Sully to stay fresh, especially for the people who don’t know the full story and are learning the details for the first time.
As I stated before, this movie is all about the story and how Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart bring it to life. They take a simple story of a “forced water landing” and allow us to see how impactful the human element can be. For those of you that don’t know, the insurance companies tried to say that Sully didn’t need to land the plane in the water and could have gotten back to the airport, and through plenty of computer simulations, tried to prove these men wrong for their decision. It is here where the conflict makes the audience pay more attention to the film and root for Sully to come out on top, and it is the performance of these fine actors that not only make the journey special, but also the resolution.
At the end of the day, if it weren’t for Eastwood, Hanks and Eckhart, Sully could have been left to the depths of documentary boredom, but these men take a simple yet inspirational story and make it wonderful. I strongly recommend Sully. Co-starring Laura Linney, Jamey Sheridan, Mike O’Malley, Michael Rapaport, Jefery Nordling, Sam Huntington, Chris Bauer, Molly Hagan, Jerry Ferrara, Valerie Mahaffey, Anna Gunn, Purva Bedi, and Katie Couric.
8/10 Stars – With what could have been a boring film, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart take a simple story and elevate it with solid acting and inspirational storytelling.