Sully tells the incredible true story about Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), who became a hero after gliding his plane to land on the water of the Hudson River, saving the lives of the crew and passengers; there were a total of 155 people on the flight that day.
Directed by Clint Eastwood (Best known for his recent films Jersey Boys, American Sniper) returns to the big screen with the dramatic true story of the investigation that occurred after Sully made the big call that impacted the lives of many. I also live reminding you all that Clint Eastwood is still directing incredible films (and acting) at 86!
The film generally focuses on Sully dealing with the aftermath and trials of landing on the Hudson River. The film also goes back and forth, seeing Sully’s past, training, and the main event itself. This film is not an ordinary story that goes from start to finish, something some viewers may find slightly annoying. Despite this, I felt the pacing was perfect and built up correctly till the end credits rolled.
Actor Tom Hanks as Sully was a fantastic choice for this role. To have director Clint Eastwood and actor Tom Hanks working together alone is exciting to see. I was also surprised by actor Aaron Eckhart who plays 1st officer Jeff Skiles, Sully’s co-pilot, during the main event. Aaron Eckhart has always been talented but hasn’t had the best of luck with some of his recent films since Batman: The Dark Knight as Two-Face (I Frankenstein, Love Happens are films that are nothing to brag about). Actress Laura Linney who plays Sully’s wife “Lorraine”, is the only actor that disappointed me. To me, she was providing the same type of acting we’ve seen in some of her previous roles.
A major positive note for “Sully” is the film’s Dolby Atmos track. You will hear the sound of a plane like never before. From the film’s opening sequence, I was wide awake because of the fantastic audio. The film doesn’t have an epic score or soundtrack attached, but the film relies heavily on the actor’s emotions and sound effects. There are a couple of scenes where I felt an impacting soundtrack could have been used; otherwise, the film’s audio track alone makes it worth seeing on the big screen.
Sully is a film that I suggest everyone see. It’s a true story of courage, wisdom and the story of a man who made the biggest choice of his life within a matter of seconds. Please don’t let the fact that this film is based on a true story keep you from seeing this excellent film.