Sully is the true story of Captain “Sully”Sullenberger who crashed his plane in the frigid waters of the Hudson River with 155 people on board on January 15,2009. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. ‘Sully’ also stars Aaron Eckhart (‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ ‘The Dark Knight’) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (‘The Savages,’ ‘Kinsey,’ Showtime’s ‘The Big C’) as Sully’s wife, Lorrie Sullenberger.
The film stars Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger and is directed by Clint Eastwood, two giants of today. Tom Hanks has to be the most versatile actor of our time. He is literally every man and here he looks exactly like the real Sully Sullenberger since they both have the same facial structure and Hanks with the white hair and small mustache.
This is not a film for everyone as it is more of a character study of Captain Sullenberger which is done very accurately. In fact the real Captain Sullenberger said viewing this film was like an out of body experience for him and I could see why.(see interview below).
The film starts out slow with Sully a pilot with 43 years flying experience being haunted by nightmares and memories of whether he did the right thing after landing his plane in the Hudson rather than going to LaGuardia when 20 computer simulations showed he could have landed in LaGuardia.
The film pics up with the actual event done very realistically and very accurate with not being exaggerated like movies have a tendency to do. When a flock of birds hit the plane’s engines and burn them out so there is no exhaust Sully and his co-pilot have only seconds to decide what to do, either try to make it to LaGuardia in New York or Teterboro in New Jersey. Sully decides to ditch in the Hudson River thinking they can’t make it to either airport. The crash scene is done very honestly with people scared and the stewardesses and Hanks and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles ushering people out onto the inflatable platforms where they are rescued by first responders on ferries and small response ships all within 24 minutes.
Sully and his co-pilot have to appear before an FAA hearing which shows two flight simulations that they could have made it to LaGuardia and one showing they could not have made it to Teterboro in New Jersey. Sully argues that flight simulations do not take into account the human aspect as they already know what happened and know there are birds. Sully is exonerated when an investigation shows that the engines were completely burned out and he had no choice. Like I mentioned, Sully is not for everyone if you like fast paced action films, but if you are a current events junkie like I am and want to know the real story when done accurately then Sully is a good film.
Check out the trailers below:
Sully – Official Trailer [HD] – YouTube (featurette with a few seconds with TomHanks commenting andClint Eastwood)
Chesley Sullenberger Calls ‘Sully’ an ‘Out-of-Body Experience‘(good interview with the real Captain Sullenberger)