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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sully Review

         In 2009 a commercial airliner piloted by Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger hit a flock of birds that caused both engines to go down. The only thing Sully could do in this situation was to land the plane in the Hudson River. These 208-seconds will forever be known as "The Miracle on the Hudson."
          When I first heard about this movie I was wondering how they could turn 208-seconds into a full length-feature film. Then the trailers came out. I had no idea that there was controversy surrounding this event. After the landing, there were various investigations that said Sully could've flown the plane back to the airport rather than landing it in the river and causing danger to the 155 passengers on board. This movie is more about the investigations, rather than than the actual plane landing.
          That being said, the parts that do show the plane crash are really well done. Eastwood does a great job at directing these sequences to magnify your experience. The main issue with the sequences is, they are not shown in chronological order. The movie shows you parts of the plane crash, then goes to part of the investigation, then back to the plane crash. This movie would've benefited a lot more if it was done chronologically.
          Aaron Eckhart's performance as Harvey Dent/Two Face often gets overlooked in The Dark Knight. People always talk about Heath Ledger and seldom talk about Eckhart's wonderful performance. I was very happy to see another solid performance from Eckhart. He did a very good job at acting along with Hanks and holding his own ground. Not to mention that they had great chemistry.
          At this point it seems cliche to say "Hanks gave a fantastic performance." But the thing is, he always gives solid performances. He is constantly giving us Oscar worthy performances. I don't think he'll get nominated but, I wouldn't be mad if he does.
          These days it seems like the media tries to emphasize all the bad things that are going on in the world. So I got choked up when I was watching this movie because it was so nice to see something that emphasized the good that is in people. When disaster strikes, it brings out the best in people. Sully reminded me that within us, is the power and will to do something great. Sully is a movie about true, American heroes. We can rise up to the challenge. We can do extraordinary things.
          Sully is a movie you should rush out and see. You should see it because Hanks and Eckhart give great performances and for the overall message. I give Sully a 4/5.

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