Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Mike O’Malley
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: Todd Komarnicki
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min
Phew! That’s a relief, Sully is bloody brilliant!
The trailer had me expecting some drawn out overly dramatic witch hunt. Pitting evil government bureaucrats and greedy insurance companies against the hero of the hour, Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Was he a drinker? Could he have made it to another airport? These questions were asked during the investigation following the event, but thankfully, they were not the main focus of this film.
I loved how Todd Komarnicki seemed to understand there was enough drama contained within the official recordings of the event. There was no need to fill this production with cheesy histrionics. Sully on down kept their cool and did their jobs. There was enough real life drama to explore here, and all involved did a masterful job bringing it to the silver screen.
Seriously folks, this is the kind of story that unabashedly honors its heroes, and gives credit where credit is due. As each fascinating step in this event is viewed from all angles, it’s the people involved at every stage that are honored. From Sully (Tom Hanks) and his copilot, Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), to the professional flight crew, ferry-boat captains, Coast Guard and even the passengers. This is the kind of film that will restore your faith in humanity.
If you’re a fan of Clint Eastwood (who isn’t?) and/or Tom Hanks (seriously, who isn’t?), then you are going to enjoy this. Expect a very efficient 96-minute ride that will restore your faith in humanity.
The moments in the film that explore the brief fight are fascinating to watch.