Sully (2016) Review

Verdict: Slightly Suspenseful 

Well directed, acted, and edited.


This film is based on the true story of how Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) successfully landed a passenger plane on the Hudson river with no fatalities. Along with First Officer, Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), they are under much scrutiny about their decision to land on the Hudson. Although hailed a hero for successfully making the landing, the National Transportation Safety Board represented by Porter (Mike O’Malley), Davis (Anna Gunn), and Edwards (Kamey Sheridan) question his decision. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

The trailer does a good job at adding suspense to the film, and while it is exciting at times, the film overall has a feel of an educational video. Because it centers around a specific event, the film concentrates on showing us the before, during, and after scenes of that pivotal decision. Sully is a good watch, however, you might come out not thinking you watched a movie.

Hanks and Eckhart do great together. Both totally embody their characters, so much so, that I did not even recognize them. More specifically Eckhart, because Hanks is recognizable anywhere. The emotions, especially that of intense thought from Hanks, is well done. Not only does Hanks portray his character’s emotions well, but the film-making overall, does an incredible job at magnifying those emotions.

Eastwood has done well in directing this film. In most cases, frequently jumping between the past, the event, and the present, can be confusing. However, it worked well for this movie. By not giving us all the details of one timeline at once, it adds more suspense to the movie. Also, the crafting of certain words and scenes makes the audience think in different directions. So, while the story is based on a true story, and seems to be quite accurate, it is rather thrilling the way in which it insinuates different outcomes.

Overall, a well made film that was educational as well as a little thrilling. On the down side, I watched this in AVX (my first time), and was quite disappointed. It was not worth the extra money.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, editing, directing
CONS: Doesn’t feel like a movie

I give this an 8/10.

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