Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Sully *** (2016)
Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed up to make a fitting ode to Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 after a flock of birds took out both engines. The script tells a fractured narrative of what happened before, during, and after incident. Hanks plays the reluctant hero as only he can do, never hiting a false note. Aaron Eckhart co-stars as his co-pilot and Laura Linney as his who only appears during telephone conversations. A wintry New York City is another major character, I suspect Eastwood's tribute to the city with memories of 9/11 still fresh in its mind. The recreation of the actual landing and the frantic aftermath to get everyone off the plane are well filmed, never flashy or over the top, much like its hero. At 95 minutes, Sully is a hour and a half of escapism with gratifying moments of dignity and pride. An all around solid effort.