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A tense drama that tells a true heroic tale in a suitably humanistic way. If you are a fan of Clint Eastwood's directing skills and Tom Hanks then Sully is just the film for you.

Sully tells the spectacular story of US Airways flight 1549, piloted by Captain Chesley Sullenberger. The plane took off from New York La Guardia airport but lost both of its engines from a direct impact with a flock of birds shortly after take off. Without the option to get the aircraft safely to another airport, Sullenberger heroically put the plane down in the Hudson River saving all lives onboard.

The movie is based on the autobiography, Highest Duty by Chelsey Sullenberger. It's a film that is surprisingly grounded with a deeply real view of the events. Todd Komarnicki provides an inspired screenplay, providing the full story of the events. Great detail is given in the run-up to the spectacular emergency landing and the tough investigation that followed.

Clint Eastwood once again gives a directing masterclass. He gets everything he can out of this story without crossing any lines along the way. The whole film is brilliantly shot with some very inventive scenes, especially the emergency landing. Probably best to avoid if you're actually on a plane! Tom Hanks plays Sully and gives another exceptional performance. And it is this which elevates the film up a level or two. Aaron Eckhart is brilliant playing First Officer Jeffrey Skiles. Both actors seem to gel perfectly into their roles. But with the slick direction provided by Eastwood we finish up with an engaging but believable performance.

True tales of heroic acts can sometimes be overly dramatised when transferred to the big screen. However, this film does a great job of its portrayal of two good men who did the right thing and saved lives along the way. It's possible that the investigation made by the National Transportation Safety Board was overly biased. But if you can see the reasoning behind their thorough investigation and the need to check every outcome, this only adds to the tension.

All in all, if you are a fan of Tom Hanks and admire Clint Eastwood's directorial skills then Sully is definitely a film to watch. Personally, I am a fan of both and really enjoyed the experience from start to finish so would wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  • Tom Hanks
  • Directed by Clint Eastwood
  • Respectful Portrayal of True Events
  • Great Screenplay


  • Gets a little bogged down in the Investigation scenes


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