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The Untold Story Behind the Miracle on the Hudson.Sep. 07, 2016 USA96 Min.PG-13
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Tom Hanks isChesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart isJeff Skiles
Jeff Skiles
Laura Linney isLorraine Sullenberger
Lorraine Sullenberger
Anna Gunn isElizabeth Davis
Elizabeth Davis
Autumn Reeser isTess Soza
Tess Soza
Holt McCallany isMike Cleary
Mike Cleary
Mike O'Malley isCharles Porter
Charles Porter
Jamey Sheridan isBen Edwards
Ben Edwards
Jerry Ferrara isMichael Delaney
Michael Delaney
Molly Hagan isDoreen Welsh
Doreen Welsh


On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ when Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

Original titleSully
IMDb Rating7.5 138,177 votes
TMDb Rating6.9 1607 votes

(355) comments

  • Manton29September 4, 2016Reply

    Eastwood lands the plane

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • adityadagar97September 5, 2016Reply

    Good Performance and Directing, Story kinda falls short

    Clint Eastwood does a great job by depicting chains of events through
    his timeline. Tom Hanks was as usual great and portrayed Sully
    amazingly. Sully goes through a lot of emotional stress and starts to
    doubt his own decisions while standing confident with the government
    about his decisions. He is shown as a family man who keeps his wife
    updated on everything that goes around but nothing else was shown about
    his daughter or wife or how their life was impacted through this. They
    did show some glimpse of Sully as a young pilot as a soldier and as a
    kid when he use to fly with his dad. Though they could have added more
    to those context, the film only seemed to focus on the crash mainly.
    The crash into Hudson was showed nicely but rest of the story could
    have been better. It really didn’t have anything new to offer than just
    Sully’s emotional state of mind regarding the crash and some issues
    with his decision making. Decision making process also seemed to last
    really short, only like 2-3 scenes. This movie does a great job with
    sound editing and everything else , if you are hoping to see something
    new to the story then this might not be something you want to waste
    money on this, but if you just want to go enjoy yourself, then sure go
    ahead. I wish they would have made this movie a bit longer and add more
    views to it rather than just sully. His co-pilot didn’t have much to
    add to this story than just being a witnessing the crash, we don’t
    really get to know what he went through. but how much ever they showed
    of the story, was shown beautifully. So do go watch this if you don’t
    know the story.

  • Simon HomefinderSeptember 6, 2016Reply

    Reminds me of Denzel Washington’s FLIGHT…anyone else thinks so???

    Tom Hanks (SULLY) vs Denzel Washington (FLIGHT) One’s a sullen, the
    other’s a drunk…yeah right.

    Both are heroes, naturally, but only one prevails..

    A hero does not sulk, but Sully is but an exception? Cool guys are
    aplenty, but Tom Hanks is way cooler…

    Kick-ass awesome cool moves whenever Forrest Gump act$ Love ’em all
    those Tom Hank films y’all nope yours truly! Perhaps two heroes should
    work together (i.e. collaboration) It would be quite interesting to see
    them both together YEE-HA Or maybe there is just too much BIG male ego
    on such a small SET

  • Filler RuthSeptember 6, 2016Reply

    Not a very well made life time special but as a true story based movie you can take a chance……

    The movie tells the true story of what happened January 15, 2009. It is
    about when Captain ”Sully” Sullenberger landed U.S. Airways flight 1549
    onto the Hudson River. Many people called this ”Miracle on the Hudson”
    but the maximum of them do not know what actually happened. Mr. Sully,
    this national hero was also being investigated for his actions on that
    day which put his career in peril. this movie tells the whole story of
    this investigation and how Mr. Sully struggled and to deal with the new
    found honor and the stress of post-trauma and the crash had on him and
    his crew.

    This is a Clint Eastwood movie and Tom Hanks starring the central role
    Sully. He portrayed the role Captain ”Sully” Sullenberger very nicely
    and think he really deserves an Oscar nomination for his role. No doubt
    that Tom Hanks is a very talented actor and again he proves this. Aaron
    Eckhart as Jeff Skiles has also done a good job. But the main hero is
    Tom Hanks. He acted naturally when the plane landed and his bravery was
    very good at the screen. He made sure all the 155 passengers were good
    and this sequence of the movie was very good and really worth watching.
    Aaron Eckhart plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles who was in the cockpit on that
    day and he also has done a nice job and his comedic delivery was good.

    Clint Eastwood’s direction was OK but nothing to shout about. He has
    made a much better movie than this and this is not his best effort. I
    think the script is a little bit choppy and slow and the character
    development not so imposing for a true story.

    I am not telling this is a bad movie but if you want to spend time or
    money on it, you please think before investing. This is a very very
    good choice for DVD but in theatres may be you will not enjoy this.

  • jdesandoSeptember 6, 2016Reply

    One of Eastwood’s and the year’s best.

    ”Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.”
    Sully (Tom Hanks)

    On January 15, 2009, a decidedly un-cinematic hero, Captain Chesley
    ”Sully” Sullenberger of US Airways, landed 155 souls into the Hudson
    River, safely, as he struggled with a plane crippled by birds in both
    engines. As we all know, the passengers and crew survived, so what does
    director Clint Eastwood bring to the big screen that could engage an
    audience knowing the blessed outcome?

    First, he brings Tom Hanks, not unknown to portray low-key heroes (see
    Bridge of Spies and Captain Phillips most recently), whose understated
    courage seems accurately to reflect the Sully we have come to know and
    see displayed with the credits. Second, Eastwood crafts one of the most
    believable crash and rescue scenes I have ever encountered.

    As in the authentic Hanks interpretation of the quiet Sully, the
    disaster is compelling and understated. No swelling or morbid music
    takes away from the terror. Because the simulations at the National
    Transportation Safety Board hearings were necessary to prove fault, the
    contrast between the NTSB creations and Eastwood’s rendition of the
    real incident is starkly evocative of the film’s attempt to get it all

    Even the NTSB’s grilling Sully at the hearings, while it unsettlingly
    tracks his alleged errors in the ”Miracle on the Hudson,” has a
    low-profile approach. It confirms Eastwood’s and writer Todd
    Komarnicki’s affirmation that everyone in the film is doing his and her
    job, from pilots, investigators, and rescuers to director and writer.

    Even Sully’s wife, Lorraine (Laura Linney), in the ever-annoying
    wife-in-waiting-role, is stronger and more balanced than the stock
    character. Although the passengers are not always first-rate actors,
    they do seem sincere. However, it is Hanks’s film with his stolid, no
    frills acting, followed by a supportive Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot,
    Jeff Skiles.

    But then, that powerful under-acting is emblematic of the director
    himself, a lean craftsman who wastes no time in production and has no
    time for puffery. Although not Unforgiven, Sully is one of Eastwood’s
    best and one of the best films of the year.

    After seeing this film, you may have a heightened respect even for
    flight attendants, who evidence a more sincere bravery than summer
    blockbuster heroes could ever do as that crew directs the passengers:
    ”Brace. Brace. Brace. Head down, stay down!” If you see Sully in IMAX,
    your head will be up in the clouds and your heart too.

  • seshasai-trisSeptember 6, 2016Reply

    Fabulous screenplay and intense acting and emotional

    I am one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to get an advance
    premier screening for Sully at AMC IMAX Somerville, Boston ten days
    prior to the release.

    This is easily the best movie of 2016. I have been following the Jan 15
    controlled ditching incident of US Airways Flight 1549 case for a
    while. Everything about this case was covered on TV and the hearings
    are uploaded on YouTube. I have watched nearly 5 hours of the footage
    on YouTube and I was skeptical before the film whether if it offers us
    anything new.

    I was mind-blown; the movie is truly an untold story. The drama, action
    and intensity is all along. It left me and many audience in tears. It
    feels realistic in the IMAX edition with great sound effects
    surrounding you. The screenplay of this film is unique, Client Eastwood
    is an outstanding director has outdone himself with this gripping tale.

    Tom hanks has been the heart of the film. The acting was top notch. I
    am sure his meetings with Chesley SUllenberger must have contributed
    something in the acting department. Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles also
    did a great job with his subtle humor and great screen presence. He
    makes you wanting more of the character.

    Coming back to the facts, Client Eastwood has left what we all know
    because of the footages shown in YouTube and the hearings.

    Overall, great performances, superb screenplay, neat editing and
    fabulous visual and audio effects make this film easily the best in

    Above all, this one has a heart!


  • foxhound-37781September 7, 2016Reply

    A solid depiction of a what could have been a disastrous real life incident.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • sukanya-samySeptember 8, 2016Reply

    Watch it once, to know the story at least

    ‘I have been flying for over four decades and I am being judged for the
    last 208 seconds’ – It’s a line (well not exactly, but something to
    that effect, IMDb doesn’t have the quotes section up yet) from the
    movie and it pretty much sums up Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’s
    ‘miracle’ landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson on 15 January

    Plot and Script

    Sully, played by Tom Hanks makes a human decision relying on his vast
    experience and lands a plane of 155 people on the Hudson, making it the
    first flights to survive a water landing with all lives intact. The
    movie is about viewpoints – of the pilots (Aaron Eckhart plays the co-
    pilot), of the passengers, and of the investigating officers of the
    safety board. It shows what happened during the flight, after it landed
    and the investigation where the pilots were scrutinized for their
    decision as the simulations said that they could have gone back to
    LaGuardia and landed.

    Considering it is a true incident and everybody survived, this film is
    dead serious and comes straight to the point. Simulations can predict
    scenarios to a certain extent but they don’t and cant predict how
    humans will react in a certain situation. How can one judge a person in
    a few seconds when they have a lifetime of experience with no
    incidents? That’s the question the film tries to ask.

    Characterization and Acting (C&A)

    I have a soft corner for Tom Hanks – he just picks the right movies
    maybe, or he is just plain lucky, but he is great in every movie. This
    was no exception. I hadn’t read much about the actual incident, and I
    am reading about it now and watching a few videos of the real Sully –
    Tom Hanks is so much like him. Calm, composed – he did what he does
    best, play a role and bring it to life. It was mainly his movie.

    As for Aaron Eckhart, this is the second time I have liked him in a
    movie (first was Batman of course with him as Dent) – he plays the part
    well. There are other talented actors as well like Laura Linney but
    like I said, it was completely a Tom Hanks movie.

    Sounds and Effects (S&E)

    The movie has a serious tone to it and rightly so. Not much music but
    the sounds are great. There is a scene where the flight is just about
    to hit water and you can hear the air hostesses saying in unison ‘Heads
    down, stay down’ and its just so real that you almost do it.

    Cinematography and Visuals (C&V)

    I really liked the look of the movie. It is difficult to do a flight
    movie I think because most of the time it does look unreal, but I think
    Sully looked quite real. Even the water landing looked like it was how
    it would have happened.

    Direction and Overall (D &O)

    You gotta give it to Clint Eastwood – he is all of 86 and still giving
    us great movies, hats off to him. His movies are about people and this
    was too. But at 96 minutes (one of his shortest movies), it still felt
    extremely stretched. And it was pretty uni-dimensional – it was Sully’s
    story, the audience is not given any other vantage point.

    Having said that, the 204 seconds that Sully took to land the plane
    with no deaths is probably the best 96 minutes we have on screen.

    I wonder why they took so long to make the movie?

    So here are my scores according to my new system:

    Plot and Script (P&S)- 1.5

    Characterization and Acting (C&A) – 1.5

    Sounds and Effects (S&E) – 1.5

    Cinematography and Visuals (C&V) – 1.5

    Direction and Overall (D &O) – 1.5

    Overall Score – 7.5 out of 10

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  • David Ferguson ([email protected])September 8, 2016Reply

    He’s the Captain now

    Greetings again from the darkness. Society has a tendency to go to
    extremes – hero worship for those who probably don’t deserve it and
    character assassination for those who have the gall to be less than
    perfect. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger has experienced both. On January
    15, 2009, Sully made the decision to land the crippled aircraft of US
    Airways flight 1549 right into a river … an event immediately labeled
    ”Miracle on the Hudson”.

    Surprisingly, this is the first film collaboration for Tom Hanks and
    director Clint Eastwood. Both have cinematic experience with true life
    stories and real people: Hanks most recently in Captain Phillips and
    Bridge of Spies; and Clint with American Sniper and J. Edgar. This one
    is the perfect fit as Hanks takes on a good man who takes pride in
    doing his job, and Clint brings to life a story that showcases the best
    of human nature.

    Tom Komanicki adapted the screenplay from the book ”Highest Duty”,
    co-written by Sully and Jeffrey Zaslow. Much of the attention is given
    to the doubts and uncertainty Sully experienced during the NTSB review.
    The scrutiny of his work by the committee (played here by the
    ultra-serious Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn, Jamey Sheridan) left his career
    and reputation dangling, inspiring nightmares that are much worse than
    yours and mine.

    Certainly we are in awe of what Sully pulled off that morning, but as
    movie goers, we are anxious to see the plane crash/splash/landing.
    Clint comes through in breath-taking fashion. While it lacks the
    hysterics and drama of the upside-down plane in Flight, this
    re-creation is so realistic that we nearly obey the flight attendants
    repeated instructions of ”Heads down. Stay down”. Even the cockpit
    chatter, passenger evacuation, and first responder’s (many of whom are
    real life folks, not actors) activities are played in matter-of-fact
    manner … more people just doing their job. We shiver knowing the icy
    Hudson River water is 36 degrees, and we feel Sully’s anxiety as he
    desperately tries to get a final count … a count that he prays will hit

    Aaron Eckhart plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles and has a couple of memorable
    scenes, and Laura Linney embraces the thankless role of telephone wife
    of Sully during the aftermath and hearings. We get a glimpse of Sully’s
    background with flashbacks to his flight lessons at a Denison Texas
    private airfield, as well as a portion of his military service. Hanks
    is the perfect choice for a role that would have suited James Stewart
    just fine if it were the 1940’s.

    The conflict here comes from the NTSB inquiry. Backed by computer
    simulators that show the plane could have coasted back to LaGuardia, we
    get the distinct feeling that the committee’s goal is finding human
    error – naming a scapegoat (other than Canadian geese) for their ”lost”
    plane. It’s Sully who reminds us that the committee is simply doing
    their job … just as he was, Skiles was, the Flight Attendants were, and
    the first responders were.

    This is technically expert filmmaking. We know the ending, but are
    glued to the screen. Frequent Eastwood collaborator Tom Stern handles
    the cinematography, and like the acting and story-telling, the camera
    work avoids any excess or over-dramatization. The film provides one of
    the best examples ever of the duality of hero worship and intense
    scrutiny, and how a person can be a hero by simply doing their job. The
    closing credits show clips of the flight’s reunion and every survivor
    would agree that the best among us allowed a continuation of life …
    something that could have gone to the other extreme.

  • maurice yacowarSeptember 8, 2016Reply

    Sully lands plane on Hudson River and satisfies cynical committee

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  • onaks_ne1September 8, 2016Reply

    Best of 2016 so Far

    I’m gonna go straight to the review without telling its plot. In this

    Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckart performance were great. Clint Eastwood did a
    great job stretching the story from the Plane scene, court scene and
    Sully’s little background story. I love the editing of the film and the
    screenplay. It’s not a linear storytelling but it works well showing
    some flashbacks and visions. I like also how they add some humor in
    this film. Cinematography was good. I didn’t experience it on IMAX
    because there’s no IMAX theater nearby do i watch it on 2D they said
    that the plane scene was good in IMAX in 2D looks good.

    Overall it is a worth watching movie. If you love drama films you’re
    gonna love this but if you love films with explosions and a non-stop
    action this film is not for you. It’s about human, human who makes
    decisions. This films is not just about Sully but also the other people
    involved in the rescue in the Hudson River.

    Can’t wait to watch it again in DVD or Blu-ray

    If you haven’t seen it go watch it and you’re gonna love it too.


  • LukeTitlesSeptember 8, 2016Reply

    A very well executed movie, high quality product

    Clint Eastwood comes back to our screens two years after American
    Sniper to tell us another American story. This time is the true story
    of the US Airways flight 1549, which, on February 15, 2009, was forced
    to land in the Hudson River after hitting several birds in the act of
    taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

    The movie is centered on the figure of the captain, Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger, the hero that saved everyone on that plane by taking the
    decision and then executing a bold water landing. In the movie, we go
    through the investigation of the accident and the struggles that
    captain Sully faced during that period. The hero is then haunted by
    doubts about himself and by the perspective of losing his pension after
    40 years of service.

    Telling a true story on screen is always tricky, but Sully delivers
    with power every emotion, overcoming the fact that the viewer already
    knows the outcome of the story. I’ve enjoyed the movie, I felt a wide
    spectrum of emotions and it feels authentic. The actors are amazing and
    very well directed, the dialogues are powerful, and Aaron Eckhart
    should be forced to keep that glorious mustache till the end of time.
    Moreover, the narration of the events is very well designed, not giving
    us the scenes of big visual impact right away, but rather delivered,
    one bit at a time, in different moments of the movie.

    The only flaw of the movie itself is a piece of dialogue that gave my
    nerves. It appears to me that the old Clint wants to remind the viewers
    that something else about planes crashing on New York happened in the
    recent past. Therefore, starting from the very first scene, we find
    images of how worse that accident could have been. At first, I
    tolerated the choice, since it is fitting with a PSTD of the pilot.
    Moreover, it could be the way of the director to say ”everyone will
    think about 9/11 anyway, just ride the elephant in the room” (although
    I’m not sure about the first part and we will never know now). I ran
    out of tolerance when the issue was explicitly addressed with a phrase
    like ”It has been a while since New York had good news, especially
    involving planes” (not a literal transposition). I found it
    inappropriate and it doesn’t fit well in the movie.

    Besides that, it is a very well executed movie, I fully recommend it
    because it is a good way to spend a couple of hours.

    At last, I would like to address a message that the movie made me feel
    and to which I disagree with. The method used to represent the
    investigation, as well as the people whose duty is to establish what
    went wrong and who is responsible, made me take a stand against the
    investigation itself. This is simply a wrong message to deliver. In
    such accidents, the investigation is mandatory because you have also to
    decide if giving or not to the pilot (or the plane) the
    responsibilities for other human lives. It is true that the struggle
    and the self-analysis of the main character are saying that he trust
    the necessity of such investigation. However, from the choice of the
    actors (that always interpret annoying characters) to the dialogues,
    the feeling is that the investigators are the bad guys. I think this is
    simply the wrong message and I don’t think that an expert director like
    Clint Eastwood did that by accident.

  • MrDHWong ([email protected])September 8, 2016Reply

    An interesting look into the psyche of an everyday man who inadvertently becomes a hero

    Sully is a biographical drama film starring Tom Hanks and directed by
    Clint Eastwood. Based on the true story of veteran airline pilot
    Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger, the film is a nice tribute to its title
    character and the people he saved.

    Late in the afternoon on January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549
    departs from LaGuardia Airport in New York to Charlotte Douglas
    International Airport in North Carolina. Three minutes into the flight,
    the plane is struck by a large flock of birds, which seriously damages
    both its engines. The quick thinking of pilot Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) results in the plane landing in the middle of
    the freezing cold Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew survive the
    crash landing and Sully is hailed as a hero by the media. However,
    Sully feels overwhelmed by the sudden fame he has received and to make
    matters worse, an official investigation is opened over whether or not
    Sully should have acted as he did or if he recklessly endangered the
    lives of his passengers.

    Featuring another solid performance by the ever-versatile Tom Hanks and
    careful direction by Clint Eastwood, Sully is an interesting look into
    the psyche of an everyday man who inadvertently becomes a hero. The
    audience always feels connected to Sully’s plight as a reluctant target
    of the media and the post-traumatic stress he goes through in the
    aftermath of the crash. The only major issue I had with the film is
    that the supporting characters did not have much to work with. It just
    seemed like most of their dialogue was there merely to enhance the
    character development of Sully himself rather than to bring a different
    perspective to the story.

    I rate it 7.5/10

  • (imdb020-643-129772)September 8, 2016Reply

    One of the best movies of recent years.

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  • Molieri_dacheezSeptember 8, 2016Reply

    Not Sure this was Necessary… but OK

    First of all IMAX is OK but don’t rush to one if your nearest theater
    doesn’t have it…there’s many close ups and details that are hard to

    Maybe I’ve seen too much of Tom Hanks, since Apollo 13, this heroism
    seems a bit dated but works in this film as obligatory as possible
    given the ”big event” that this film envelops. Not very believable that
    Sully would have gotten any amount of the negative drama from his
    family or others for such an effort but must’ve been necessary for this
    to be more of a drama than a documentary, which would’ve been more
    preferred. I would rather have watched this one at home since the
    familiarity of the story and the usual actors seem more appropriate for
    the smaller, more intimate setting of a home theater.

    After you get out of the cockpit it’s all waiting for the event with
    nifty flashbacks and second guesses as any well crafted airplane
    adventure film can bring.

    CGI efforts are well within place as well as a decent score so
    attention is easily made to this work.

    I doubt I’d seen it in a theater for what it is, but if you have to get
    out of he house I can think of many worse films to avoid than this one.

  • vinsond21September 8, 2016Reply

    A timeless story of humanity pulling together

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  • Ken StandfieldSeptember 8, 2016Reply

    Sully – Film meaning specialist review

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  • rgkarimSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    Don’t Sulk at Sully

    It’s a new weekend and that means a new wave of movies to flood the
    local theaters. Robbie K here starting the round with the latest drama
    based on real life events that centers on an American Hero named
    Captain Sullenberger. Yes, I’m talking about Sully, the film that once
    again delves into whether or not the pilot who landed on the husband is
    indeed a hero or a delusional zero. So fasten your seatbelts, make sure
    your trays are in the upright position, and cell phones off as we take
    flight into my review.

    LIKES: • The Realism • The insight into Sully’s mind • Tom Hanks acting

    When you look into a movie based on true events you hope there is more
    truth than Hollywood fiction. Fortunately, this is one movie that puts
    reality before fantasy. Sully’s 96 minute run time is a recreation of
    the treacherous nightmare that plagued the skies in 2009. Audience
    members will be wowed as they are dropped into the cockpit of the US
    airline flight as it soars into the Hudson. The combination of
    camera-work and modern computer technology will immerse you into the
    full experience, perhaps fooling you into thinking you are a passenger
    on the plane. In addition, the team manages to give you multiple
    perspectives of the flight, not only advancing the realism, but also
    adding more pieces to the proverbial puzzle. Yet, the other component
    that brings the realism is the airplane jargon that fills a majority of
    the dialogue. According to the retired pilot sitting next to me,
    Sully’s writers were very accurate in the technology and maneuvers used
    to land the plane. Will most care about this component? Probably not,
    but this reviewer appreciated the extra effort to make this movie real.

    What helps provide more answers to the mystery though is getting a
    visualization of Sully’s internal thoughts. Much like a book, our team
    was able to illustrate the dark fears that plagued our captain as he
    waits for the investigation to finish. These memories are well placed
    into the story, helping to develop Sully while also helping advance the
    plot in a timely manner. Those who have read the tale and hoping the
    movie will mirror it are certain to enjoy this presentation, and those
    who choose a less literature based approach will find this method
    entertaining and engaging.

    But of course the headliner of the movie is by far the legendary Tom
    Hanks playing Captain Sully. No surprise that Hanks is capable of
    bringing this role to life. Hanks certainly commits to his role and
    manages to mirror the reported personality of the Sully. His lines are
    delivered with grade A accuracy, and yours truly gives the actor props
    for handling the lead role with such a powerful performance that will
    most likely net him an Oscar. While most of the other cast certainly
    plays a hand in recreating this story, Hanks is by far bearing the
    brunt of the load and handles that responsibility quite well.

    DISLIKES: • The Drama Flare Added • Some perspectives not needed

    As I sated, seldom is a movie safe from getting the dramatic touch
    added to the tale. Sully is no exception as some components take on
    that Hollywood magic to spice things up and make them more
    ”entertaining.” Some of this editing is in the nature of the crash
    itself, the dragged out drop to the river, support personnel going into
    near break downs to add a touch of sympathy, and even the rather
    stretched portrayal of Sully’s wife. Yet all those moments are nothing
    compared to the direction they took the lead investigator Charles
    Porter. Instead of playing an agent just looking into the entire
    scenario, Porter’s character was like the lead marauder in a witch hunt
    with a single-minded goal to bring Sully down. This could have been
    fine if this was the true character, or even if they mystery was
    deeper. Unfortunately, neither of these cases seem true, and Porter’s
    stubborn as a mule attitude inspired nothing more than anger and eye
    rolling for me.

    The second dislike comes in the form of editing and the director’s
    decisions to split the incident into so many perspectives. While I
    appreciate the integrated approach to fully envelop you into the
    moment, there were some components that really weren’t necessary. One
    major moment was from the civilian perspective watching the plane come
    to land, or the random passenger trying to swim the cold waters due to
    their panic. I appreciate the realism in all manners of this flight,
    but these moments added little to me other than trying to expand the
    movie out to a longer run time. A minor error sure, but the editing
    could have been tapered down a bit to remove some of these pointless


    When it comes to Sully, this reviewer has to give props to this movie.
    A realistic portrayal of the hero with fantastic acting and attention
    to detail are sure to attract the nonfiction lovers to the theaters for
    this one. Sure it could have found a home on Netflix or PBS as a 1 hour
    special, but I have to admit that this movie was one of the better
    productions I’ve seen in a while. So is it worth a trip to the theater?
    I would say yes, especially to pay tribute to Hanks’ wonderful
    performance. The recommended audience is anyone in love with
    nonfiction/true stories, Tom Hanks fans, or those looking for another
    tale of a trip gone wrong (with Hanks again being the captain. Guess I
    won’t be traveling with him anytime soon.)

    My scores are: Biography/Drama: 9.0 Movie Overall: 8.0

  • Shaun HerediaSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    You know the story, but the experience is something else.

    From what I’d seen of the trailer I was expecting something similar to
    Robert Zemeckis’s Flight. I can gladly report that Sully was a totally
    different cinematic experience.

    An inspiring piece of work which is all the more impressive being a
    true story. This film did not disappoint. I think it’s sometimes easy
    to watch the news, extract the critical facts of an event and assume
    that we know it all. Having sat through this film however I have a
    greater insight into how things really went down that day.

    I now have so much more respect for Cpt Sully and the crew of that
    flight. It really was nothing short of a miracle that things turned out
    the way they did. I would highly recommend this film especially for
    aviation employees and enthusiasts!

  • subxerogravitySeptember 9, 2016Reply

    Clint Eastwood masters doing a lot with the bare minimum.

    What makes Sully exceptional is that Clint Eastwood lets the story tell

    Specifically real with the water landing itself. Nothing is really
    taken out of content in the way Hollywood thinks and usually takes it.

    The event was dramatic enough without anything needed to be added to
    enhance that.

    Tom Hanks is a fine actor. Not the greatest performance, but it was
    cool that Hanks and Eastwood did a movie together.

    Sully gives us an in depth look at the miracle of the Hudson. Though
    the title does state that the we focus on Capt. Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger who did an amazing water landing on the Hudson in January
    of 2009, and got his 15 mins because of it, Eastwood shows us that even
    one man can see things in many different ways, as Eastwood goes through
    all those angles.

    I love Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles, the co pilot who supported greatly
    the pilots decision. He was a great supporting actor for Tom Hanks.

    In the end this movie is about heroes, not just Sully but everyone
    involved in the US Airways Flight 1549 water landing. From the well
    trained flight attendances to the rescue police on the water fairy. Its
    about the 155 passengers and the their accounts of what happen. It’s
    about how sometimes we forget how to treat a hero, but true heroes will
    always shine though, and Eastwood tells the story as real as possible
    knowing that he has an incredible story here.

  • tabunoSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    An Invigoratingly Compelling Pre and Post Jet Landing Experience

    Director Clint Eastwood has created a compelling and refreshing look at
    both the mental and the physical experience of a national event of an
    aborted passenger jetliner takeoff and its aftermath occurring in one
    of the most populated place on earth. Both the director’s incorporation
    of humanly personal touches and some wonderfully new camera shot
    perspectives reveal an exciting movie-going experience this heroic
    incident that is inspiration in its entirety.

    The editing and use of flashbacks to maintain the pacing and
    captivating questions move the storyline along at a wonderful pace.
    This is one of those movies where the director’s keen talent is
    required to finesse and flesh out a written recollection by the heroic
    pilot himself onto the big screen. The small shots of the secondary but
    just as important humans involved in the rescue and personally touched
    by this major bird hit informs the public of a community coming
    together and the teamwork involved in saving the lives of both
    passengers and crew.

    Clint Eastwood offers up this singular event as in important redemptive
    experience of Americans in light of the tragedy and turmoil that took
    place in this country in the early part of the last decade of the 21st
    Century. This movie is a great follow up to Ralph Nelson’s 1964
    fictional airliner investigation thriller Fate is the Hunter or the
    more haunting supernatural thriller of Rodrigo Garcia’s Passengers
    (2008) and complements the television series Air Disasters (2011) with
    a fuller personalized background story.

  • Thomas DrufkeSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    Power of the Human Spirit

    If there’s one thing you can count on Clint Eastwood doing well, it’s
    directing an emotionally heartfelt story. Sully continues Eastwood’s
    success by giving us probably the most human drama of 2016.

    ”The miracle on the Hudson” is the subject of this Eastwood drama,
    starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney. There will be
    plenty of obstacles with any film based on a true story, but with a
    film based on an event that lasted a mere 208 seconds, it’s extra
    difficult. But Eastwood manages to pull a great story out of these
    unbelievable events that comes in just under 2 hours. Of course, the
    flight itself isn’t the only hurdle that captain Sully went through, as
    he dealt with reporters, investigators, and the National Transportation
    Safety Board determined to diminish his heroic efforts.

    Who could possibly be better to play Captain Sully than the great Tom
    Hanks. Having wonderfully played another ”controversial” captain back
    in 2013 as Captain Phillips, there was no doubt he could pull off a
    somewhat similar role. Boy does Hanks deliver. He always effortlessly
    pulls out the big speeches and powerful dialogue well, but I often find
    his more subtle acting to be more impressive. It’s the moments when
    Sully is reacting to the big moments with only his facial expressions
    and body languages that give me goosebumps. Not many actors are able to
    bring me to the verge of tears just by a facial expression, but Hanks
    is one of them.

    Eastwood and his editors also deserve tons of credit for their work
    here. Much like Hanks’ subtle acting, I love when Eastwood holds back
    the bombastic music (that can sometimes take you out of a story like
    this) and lets the audience choose how to feel by watching gorgeous
    cinematography and poignant acting and directing. This may be
    Eastwood’s best directorial work since Million Dollar Baby. He
    understood exactly the moments to use and not music in order to pull
    the emotion out of his audience.

    Most of all, this film is a great display of the power of the human
    spirit. Everything about this film is grounded with humanity. No one
    seems fake. So often Hollywood is flooded with over-the-top filmmaking
    that can easily dilute the power of the film’s message. Sully knows
    exactly what it’s going for, and it does it to near perfection.

    +Eastwood back at the top

    +Hanks subtle acting

    +Power of human spirit


  • nationeSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    It’s… OK

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  • sdneuro33September 9, 2016Reply

    Better than expected

    I ‘thought’ I new the story of what happened so I wasn’t eager to go
    and see the movie. I figured I would wait until later in the year and
    just watch it ‘On Demand’ or some other way at home. But I kept
    thinking it must be pretty decent with Tom Hanks starring and when I
    realized Clint Eastwood directed the movie, that’s when I decided I had
    to see it in the theater. SO glad I did and if I can make a
    recommendation, make sure to see this in a theater that offers
    Widescreen if possible.

    Most people know about the heroic landing of the plane on the Hudson
    river in New York where all passengers and crew survived. But few of
    us, myself included, know all of the details that led up to that event
    happening. Nor was I aware of the questioning by the National
    Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

    What is also striking, is despite the heroic move by Captain
    Sullenberger, he is an incredibly humble man who clearly did not care
    for the spotlight nor the fame that came with this. It’s interesting if
    you have ever seen the movie ”Flight” with Denzel Washington where
    there is a horrific crash but the pilot minimizes the crash and
    everyone agrees he was the only one who could have done this. Good
    movie except that was fiction and in ”Sully”, this is real life and
    again, he is probably the only Captain who could or would have pulled
    off this miracle.

    The only fictitious thing I would say about the movie was the part when
    people were boarding the plane. Everyone was extraordinarily courteous
    to each other. People helping others with their belongings in the
    overhead bins. Nobody bringing on excess luggage that won’t even fit in
    the overhead. People being patient as they go down the isle looking for
    their seat and everyone saying thanks, excuse me and please. There was
    a woman sitting in a middle seat with an extremely young toddler in her
    lap. Yeah, don’t think that’s even allowed, but the man next to her was
    smiling and seemed so happy to be sitting next to a woman with a young
    child. The boarding of the plane was a bit fantasy and I heard quite a
    few people in the audience chuckling at that part. But otherwise, this
    is a great movie and here is my 2017 Oscar nomination predictions for
    this movie:

    – Best Picture Nominee – Tom Hanks, Nominated for Best Actor – Clint
    Eastwood, Nominated for Best Director – ”Sully”, nominated for best

  • linda-price95September 9, 2016Reply

    What Do You Expect From Clint Eastwood?

    I’ve always been a fan of Clint Eastwood and he didn’t disappoint at
    all. When this first happened, I figured there’d be a movie about him
    and never thought about Tom Hanks, and now see that he was an excellent
    choice. Even though we know the outcome, this movie was awesome! There
    were some teary moments and the special effects were so realistic. It
    kinda shed a bad light on the attitude of the NTSB and I’m hoping that
    wasn’t the case, maybe the movie just needed some controversy. I
    remember seeing someone from the NTSB being interviewed who claimed
    they were depicted in a bad light but who knows. There was a humorous
    side, and I don’t want to spoil it, but keep you eye on the black guy
    who is sitting on the board of the NTSB.

  • Niki KefalaSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    Inspiring film

    Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley
    ”Sully” Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency
    landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River. I
    love Clint Eastwood’s direction and this movie is not an exception. He
    created a film that is vital, intense, thoughtful and emotional. Hanks
    does an admirable job of showing Sully’s humiliating stress while his
    reputation was being challenged, with the first-rate support of a cast
    that includes Laura Linney as his wife, and Jamey Sheridan and Anna
    Gunn. ”Sully” it is an admiring recreation of the quietly powerful true
    story that happened in Hudson and an inspiring film that touches your

  • bkrauser-81-311064September 9, 2016Reply

    Nuts-and-Bolts Filmmaking

    Sully is based on what has popularly become known as the ”Miracle on
    the Hudson”. For those in need of a refresher, on January 15, 2009,
    flight 1549 from New York City’s LaGuardia airport to Charlotte, hit a
    flock of birds during its ascent, losing both of its engines. Finding
    little recourse, pilot Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger and First
    Officer Jeffrey Skiles made the fateful decision to make an emergency
    water landing. They glided their A320 Airbus into the frigid waters of
    the Hudson River. There were 5 serious injuries but thankfully all 155
    passengers survived. Sully for his efforts was treated to a heroes

    Much like the protagonist, the film is a lean, workman-like movie that
    does it job, and does it amicably. The narrative bounces between POV
    recollections of the crash and the immediate aftermath which includes
    Sully (Hanks) and the rest of the crew shuttled between investigations
    and press junkets. To up the psychological stakes, Sully is coerced
    into second guessing himself by a National Transportation Safety Board
    investigation (which act as the default bad guys) all while exhibiting
    light symptoms of PTSD.

    Tom Hanks as our hero is yet again stellar playing a similar riff off
    the Captain Phillips (2013) playbook. At this point, the man playing
    personable everyday heroes has made him a movie genre onto himself.
    He’s not so much a born madcap swashbuckler but rather a working stiff
    who always seems to be at the wrong place at the right time and relies
    on training and a breadth of experience to carry him through. As Sully,
    his inner turmoil as a guy more-or-less being blamed for doing the
    right thing, feels frightfully real.

    Director Clint Eastwood seems to take particular relish in conveying
    stories of this nature. Sully is a pulse-pounding story of a red-
    blooded modern American hero. One who became lionized for doing his
    job. Yet instead of gravitating towards the limelight, Sullenberger
    humbly accepted his newfound hero pilot status while quietly but
    assuredly backing up his decision-making. Likewise the film doesn’t
    take victory laps or pounds its chest like some other Clint Eastwood
    directed film I can think of. Instead it lets the smart editing, clear
    and concise camera-work and nuts-and-bolts directing speak for itself.

    Unfortunately being a film resembling the clever terseness of Joe
    Friday can be a double-edged sword. Since it doesn’t reach for the
    dramatic acme of Mystic River (2003) or the mythic majesty of
    Unforgiven (1992), Sully does have the propensity to feel second- rate.
    Additionally the NTSB board push-back, which pits the gutsy pilot
    against simulations, reeks less of John Henry populism and more of a
    veiled criticism of egg-heads and their darn computers. I suppose most
    films should have a villain and including Anna Gunn as the silently
    condescending adult in the room is a stroke of genius. But Sully’s
    visions mixed with the largely unspoken but always present specter of
    9/11 should have been enough to convey the stakes were plenty high on
    January 15, 2009.

    Sully is a taut, well made B-movie that is occasionally tense and
    always interesting. While it never reaches as high as it arguably
    should, it nevertheless makes for a fun time at the movies. The film
    ends with the real Captain Sully walking up to the plane fuselage which
    sits at the Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. He embraces a
    bunch of real 1549 passengers while centered on the screen and lighted
    like a canonized saint. Any other true-life character I’d say Clint’s
    laying it on a bit thick, but this time I think I’ll let it slide.

  • Trevor Pacelli ([email protected])September 9, 2016Reply

    Hurray for the Hero of Flight 1549!

    Remember when a plane flew into the Hudson Bay? Remember all 155
    passengers on board who miraculously survived the impact? Remember the
    pilot responsible for making the quick move that prevented this delay
    from becoming a disaster? ​ Now, seven and a half years after these
    events shook the world, the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger is
    brought to the screen by director Clint Eastwood and actor Tom Hanks.
    Based on the autobiography, ”Highest Duty,” Sully expresses how the
    passengers’ fear was vanquished by their pilot’s risky and
    controversial thinking in a fashion that will inspire dads and business
    professionals across the nation.

    It begins with a nightmare by the infamous pilot of his airplane flying
    uncontrollably into the city, the sounds of the plane booming real
    enough to rattle you the right way. He wakes up to yet another news
    report of his catastrophic Flight 1549 landing from January 15, 2009.
    This reality is simply too overwhelming for him to handle, so much so,
    that he can’t even go jogging without facing a near-hit by a taxi cab.
    Neither he nor his family can escape from the reporters, talk shows,
    and high city court who won’t shut up about the controversy. It’s
    almost as if 911 is happening all over again, except consequentially by
    one of America’s own heroes.

    He explains in flashback precisely why he allowed the landing in spite
    of claims that the left engine could still have been idling. It all
    follows a nonlinear storytelling structure similar to what Stanley
    Kubrick or Quentin Tarantino have popularized. Maybe this flashback
    structure wasn’t necessary in the telling of the story, or maybe it
    just wasn’t edited properly. But either way, it got frustratingly
    confusing as to where or when I was in time, especially when it returns
    me to a scene that if left off of a half hour earlier.

    If you were to go ask anyone who was there on that day of the Hudson
    Bay landing, they would go on to say from backed up evidence that these
    events are true to what happened; but this retelling doesn’t feel quite
    true enough. Even right from the release of the first trailer, I knew
    that Tom Hanks wasn’t going to fit the part, particularly because he
    does not look the part at all. Basically all the makeup artists do to
    make him look authentic is spray-paint his hair white and glue a
    mustache onto his face, which looks completely unconvincing that he is
    representing the real flight hero. Then if you look everywhere else
    around him, there is an excessive amount of branding for New York’s
    culture. The words ”New York” are everywhere within the overused
    wide-shots of the city, something that not even the fake-looking CGI
    planes can distract us from.

    Yet I still wouldn’t say that it makes this a horrible viewing
    experience. Far from it, in fact. Sully is backed up with plenty of
    satisfactory performances by the whole cast, particularly Aaron Eckhart
    (The Dark Knight, Thank You for Smoking), who plays Captain
    Sullenberger’s first officer and best friend. There’s also Laura Linney
    (Mystic River, The Truman Show) who plays the captain’s stay- at- home
    wife. She’s not the most well-developed or memorable of characters, but
    her love for her husband still comes out satisfactorily well.

    Yeah, that’s a good word to sum up this movie. It’s satisfactory. It’s
    certainly better than average, but not the best thing ever like I hoped
    it would. It’s just plain satisfactory as good, wholesome,
    inspirational entertainment. It’s not that bad for tributing a man who
    was so big he had an alcoholic beverage named after him (it’s made with
    a shot of Grey Goose Vodka and a splash of water, so feel free to make
    it at home!)

    It’s also worth noting that the end credits feature some special guest
    appearances who will make this entire movie truly worth the trip.

  • ziga321September 9, 2016Reply

    Beautifully crafted film


    If you live in the west you probably already heared of this story.
    Technically speaking ‘some’ plane make their way through a flock of
    birds and with both engines hit and unworking, the pilot still managed
    to make their landing on the river Hudson and all the passenger had
    been saved. However, hidden to the public eyes there was also a
    back-story to it. Immidiatelly after the crash there was a federal
    investigation going on, where investigators run simulation programs to
    get their point proved. The point was that the pilot could get back to
    the airport, without putting their passenger on danger by landing on
    the river. However as we see through the end of the film, the
    investigators used this programs in the really dirty way, the one that
    gets their points prooven in the way that only technically speaking is
    possible, but humanly speaking totally impossible. For instance will
    the pilot in normal situations really turns around and drive the plane
    back to the ”base” the same seconds as the birds hit the engine?, as
    are things presented in the simulations as they ran Wouldn’t he first
    try to run the engines and turned them on, only to realize in shock
    that the both engines have stopped working, and he is unable to turn
    them on, which is a really rare case I believe. Or wouldn’t he make a
    call to the airport, checking that its free, for not hitting the other
    plane, that it’s currently rising., and others..

    The translation of this film in my country is ‘Miracle on the river
    Hudson’, which I think is more to the point. As you watch this film you
    start to believe that is nothing more then a miracle. Or as Sully(Tom
    Hanks) puts it, when he left with his co-pilot the court, it goes
    something like that: ”I believe that we get it through very well. But
    we actually put it through better.”

    Clint Eastwoodis without a doubt a very respectable director and very
    respectable to all the characters involved. However this story also
    gets true to the truth as is humanly possible. There is no big bangs,
    no big unnecessary explosions, as long as they don’t put anything to
    the Original story. For instance did you notice that when Sully(Tom
    Hanks) imagined a building hit by an airplane is the same that the
    women hit during running the second simulations run. You could imagine
    what Could happen if he listened to flight controllers and not, acted
    on his own, as he did.

    Technically speaking this is a beautiful crafted film. however I still
    have some negative points. Tom Hanks for instance could be in my eyes
    more livable. The film is also crafted with a dark and depressing tone
    to it, the darkness in this film is more moderated, but in my eyes
    could be made more livable.

    All in all, beautifully crafted film, which puts to the real story,
    answering some answers that might be risen.

  • phd_travelSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    Well done recreation of the event but too much about the investigation

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  • rbrbSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    A Real Hero….vs. little paper pushing people……

    This movie is engrossing and deserves a high vote.

    It is based on true events, when a passenger plane needed to make an
    emergency landing in a city lake. Without doubt the hero of the event
    was the planes captain.

    Believe it or not there are a lot of people especially world wide who
    never heard of the events portrayed in the movie as at the time it was
    a sensation all over the planet.

    At first I was puzzled as to why the movie makers instead of putting
    the attempted plane landing at the center of the picture, concentrated
    on the awful bureaucrats from the airline safety board who were it
    seems trying perhaps unfairly to find the captain at fault.

    However my research suggests that from the perspective of both the
    captain and co-pilot they felt they were being investigated in such a
    way that if they could be blamed for what happened, they would be;
    hence the movie takes the point of view of the captain and co-pilot.

    Both the attempted landing and the investigation are certainly
    compelling viewing.

    The lead actor gives a fine yet restrained performance.

    Even if the decision to land on the lake was not the only alternative
    the captain is a Real Hero.

    All in all, I give this picture 7 and a half, rounded up so:


  • richkaminskiSeptember 9, 2016Reply

    Good acting not bad writing but much left out

    I really liked this movie but being a pilot myself I was surprised at
    what was left out of the movie and not mentioned. For instance the air
    traffic controller was removed from duty immediately and a blood and
    urine sample was taken or mentioned to be taken but not from the pilot
    and the copilot.

    Also when an aircraft goes down because of two engines failing and
    shutting down I would think the fuel would be examined and red tagged
    until it was tested safe with no contamination to prevent other
    aircraft being fueled with the same fuel from shutting down. That also
    was not addressed. Why Sully nor the co pilot failed to complete and
    follow the ditching procedure no one ever will know but that also was
    not mentioned. The procedure specifies that in a water landing that a
    ditching button be activated.

    The Airbus A320 has a ”ditching” button that closes valves and openings
    underneath the aircraft, including the outflow valve, the air inlet for
    the emergency RAT, the avionics inlet, the extract valve, and the flow
    control valve.

    It is meant to slow flooding in a water landing. The flight crew did
    not activate the ”ditch switch” during the incident. To be fair holes
    were ripped in the fuselage during the ditching of the aircraft that
    opened huge holes that let water seep in but still proper procedure was
    not followed by activating the switch. No one mentioned this during the

    There is no doubt that both pilots acted professionally and should be
    commended for safely executing the water landing but it makes one
    wonder why after all the training and hours they received in training
    and in the cockpit they failed to follow proper procedure.

    But then again it is said that any landing you can walk away from is
    considered a good one.

  • rhstorm47September 9, 2016Reply

    The Miracle of the Movie is that there’s more to The Miracle On The Hudson than you think.

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  • virek213September 9, 2016Reply

    Human Heroism Done Right

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  • narendrarastogiSeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Well crafted 5700 Seconds (from 208 sec)

    Sully is best example of how a great director(Eastwood) can make a
    great movie (definitely not his best) with just one line or 208 sec

    Sully is a movie which glorifies the real time effort of a real life
    hero who saved every one on the flight and still keeps his humanity

    The best part of the direction was that director teases you with the
    accident which could have happened without showing the real landing on
    Hudson river till last.(he shows 3 different scenario of landing
    through Sully’s eyes.)

    Tom hanks was perfect in every frame( After 15 year, Oscar nomination
    is on the way) and i couldn’t have imagined anyone else for this role.
    he was pitch perfect and showed how confident captain Chesley ‘Sully’
    Sullenberger was, but at the same time uncertain of his own doing that
    if he was the real danger to life of people on the plane.

    I was immensely impressed by the other hero of the movie, Editing and
    Cinematography. it was great to see how flashbacks and imagination was
    used to move story forward. The only disappointment of the movie was
    one dimensional role of a talented actress Laura Linney and how she was
    given only one object to show her emotions and how she was just reduced
    as a weeping wife.

    Aaron Eckhart was good and provided some much needed comic relief.

    On the whole it was a satisfying journey, journey which might be the
    most important journey of those 155 passengers and crew of their life.
    I recommend everyone at least give it a try.

  • Dave McClain ([email protected])September 10, 2016Reply

    National treasures Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood tell the story of another national treasure, Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger.

    Many people remember, or have at least heard of, the ”Miracle on the
    Hudson”, the 2009 landing of a disabled passenger jet on the Hudson
    River by Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger, resulting in the
    survival of all of the plane’s passengers and crew. But how much do we
    really know about the incident? In most cases, probably not much more
    than what was in that first sentence. That’s what makes the story such
    a great idea for a movie. With Todd Komarnicki’s adaptation of
    Sullenburger’s 2009 memoir ”Highest Duty” as their guide, director
    Clint Eastwood and star Tom Hanks bring us the behind-the-scenes story
    of this incredible water landing and its aftermath in the drama ”Sully”
    (PG-13, 1:35).

    The film opens with a plane crash scene. It’s a literal nightmare of
    Captain Sullenberger (Hanks), who is haunted by his experience of
    landing his airliner on the Hudson River – and what might have happened
    if things had gone differently. Different scenarios play out in Sully’s
    head as he sleeps – and also while he’s awake, forced to relive the
    incident by NTSB investigators. Their questions and the facts about the
    ”crash” (as they call it, ”forced water landing”, as Sully calls it)
    lead Sully to second-guess himself and his actions, even as he is being
    hailed in the media and in person as a hero and he is being
    wholeheartedly supported by his wife, Lorraine Sullenberger (Laura
    Linney), via telephone from their California home.

    As the investigators (played by Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan and Anna
    Gunn) repeatedly interview Sully and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles (Aaron
    Eckhart), we hear information and arguments which will make most Movie
    Fans question whether Sully made the right call and whether he really
    is a hero. As Sully alternately struggles with those same issues and
    reaffirms his version of events for the skeptical investigators, we
    also see that short flight reenacted, from different perspectives and
    with more and more of the story coming to light. We also get a taste of
    the media frenzy which surrounded Sully and his family, and see
    flashback scenes of Sully’s earlier experiences flying as a teenager
    and in the military.

    The combination of the vast movie-making experience of Eastwood
    (directing his 35th feature) and Hanks (with over 30 years’ worth of
    films on his resume) has resulted in an interesting and well-conceived
    telling of Sully’s experiences. Much like the NTSB investigation at the
    center of the story, the film uses what most of us didn’t know about
    the ”Miracle on the Hudson” to dramatic effect, telling the untold
    story as if peeling back the layers of an onion. Besides a more
    complete picture of this incredible incident (and another reminder of
    how talented Eastwood and Hanks are), the film also gives us a subtle
    but profound reminder that there is, and never will be, a substitute
    for human experience, intuition and guts. ”Sully” may not be a
    thrill-a-minute movie, but it uses every one of its 95 minutes very
    well. ”A-”

  • steve beard ([email protected])September 10, 2016Reply

    Behind the Story You Know

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  • StewballSeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Hanks and Eastwood a great team

    While this may not be Hank’s most demanding role, I think it will
    certainly be one of his most memorable, along with ”Forrest Gump” and
    ”Saving Private Ryan”. And Eastwood met the challenge of telling the
    truth of the story in an engaging way without loosing the audience in
    tedium or BS. And I was glad to see that serious attention was paid to
    aeronautical reality in a movie–for a change. For those interested in
    how well the movie does stick to the facts, re: the go to source for
    that, . For me, one
    of the two highlights of the film was what happened after the aircraft
    was ditched, in how the passengers didn’t panic, and how well the
    rescue effort went. The other was the climax with Sullenberger’s &
    Skiles testimony before the NTSB investigation (read ”trial”) which was
    in a much larger venue than I would have thought.

    The one thing the movie (and the actual investigation, apparently)
    didn’t cover was how things are changed when making a dead-stick (no
    thrust) landing in an airliner, which without thrust, have been likened
    to flying a brick. With a runway, you have only one shot aiming for a
    specific point–in this case surrounded by many tall buildings, and
    they didn’t exactly have much time to see how far they could glide
    anyway. Better to have something flat, very wide and very very long,
    even if it is wet. The space shuttle is the only large aircraft that
    routinely does (or did) dead stick landings; and that’s with much
    study, training, practice, and (at least at first) landing on a dry
    lake bed–offering plenty of wiggle-room.

    What Sullenberger told 60 Minutes had to have been going through his
    head that day, ”The only viable alternative, the only level, smooth
    place sufficiently large to land an airliner, was the river”. The only
    semi-error they made was not to hit the ditch button which would have
    sealed the vents in the airplane (though the tail section was breached
    on landing) because it was at the end of the checklist which they
    didn’t have time to complete. They made a big deal out of his starting
    the aux power unit (APU) out of checklist order. Just sayin’. That
    should have been the co-pilots’s cue when Sully looks at him 10 seconds
    before ditching and asks, ”Any ideas?”. (A ”DITCH” button, who’d’ve

  • edharrison17September 10, 2016Reply

    Great Film!

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  • clarkj-565-161336September 10, 2016Reply

    Grey Goose & Splash of Water

    Excellent film, I left the theatre last night feeling that there was
    hope for the world! During the recent Olympics, every day was a
    wonderful spectacle watching all the events on TV. Then when they were
    over, back to the reality of the planet, with tragedy forced down are
    throats on the news. But watching Sully restored my faith in the
    average guy doing his job and doing it well. Excellent acting and
    visually you really feel you are in the cockpit. I had no idea that
    there had been an inquiry with an attempt to discredit the pilot.
    Pretty shameful, but the crew stuck together and you can feel and
    visualize the powerful effects of excellent team work. Sully always
    credited his team. This should be required study for all business
    schools. Thumbs up to all the actors and director. Interesting
    reference to ACARS data as well, generally never mentioned in aviation

  • nama chakravortySeptember 10, 2016Reply

    An Extraordinary Film!

    Based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger
    and Jeffrey Zaslow, ‘Sully’ is a moving, inspiring & feel-good biopic,
    about a man who saved lives & remained courageous in a near-impossible
    task. Hollywood Legends Clint Eastwood & Tom Hanks team up for a story
    so heroic, that’s also so heroically told you, its hard not to be
    mesmerized by it.

    ‘Sully’ Synopsis: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero
    after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all
    of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.

    Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger took a drastic decision, that
    eventually led to one of the most courageous & successful missions in
    the world of aviation. But, ‘Sully’, moves back and forth from the
    incident, and delves deeper into Sully’s psychological & physical
    journey, once after the moment was over. It explores the side when his
    life is invaded by reporters and investigators, who force Sully to put
    his job, family, and reputation on the line. ‘Sully’ is a human-drama,
    treated with a tense touch. Also, the nerve-wracking airplane mission
    on the Hudson River, is repeated many times, but from different
    perspectives. Its first shown as a nightmare following Sully, and
    later, seen from the moment the birds hit the engines, and then from
    the some of the passengers & finally on how Sully & First Officer
    Jeffery Skiles, achieved the near-impossible. And not for once, does it
    feel repetitive, in fact, the narrative digs deeper into that day &
    offers a wholesome view. Even the sequences where Sully & Skiies are
    questioned by the investigators, are engrossing. In short, ‘Sully’
    works from start to finish.

    Todd Komarnicki’s Adapted Screenplay is Top-Notch. The Writing is
    super-strong & delivers Sully’s heroic story, with genuine drama &
    affecting human-conflict. There is not a single dull moment in the film
    & although there isn’t much to think of the story behind a few
    instances, the Writer keeps the narrative straight to the point &
    razor-crisp. And Director Clint Eastwood is at top of his game! The
    Legend handles ‘Sully’ with detail & passion. He’s bought out the best
    from its terrific cast & also allows his crew to soar, in every
    department. ‘Sully’ is amongst his most accomplished works to date!

    Tom Stern’s Cinematography is excellent. The entire airplane incident
    (Shot in IMAX), is brilliantly shot & executed. Even otherwise, Stern’s
    Camera-Work extracts the core emotions of its characters, at all times.
    Blu Murray’s Editing is superb, as ‘Sully’ runs for a crisp 96-minutes.
    Art & Production Design are flawless. Christian Jacob & The Tierney
    Sutton Ban’s Score is good.

    Performance-Wise: Tom Hanks Soars as ‘Sully’. Hanks delivers a
    masterclass in subtlety, offering a personal & compelling performance
    of a man, who is haunted by something, he didn’t let go horribly wrong.
    He plays ‘Sully’ with a beating heart! Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles, is
    fantastic. Its such a joy to see this talented, underrated actor in
    such great form. Hanks & Eckhart share an infectious on-screen
    camaraderie & are the backbone of this solid film. Laura Linney as
    Lorraine, Sully’s wife, is restrained. Anna Gunn as Dr. Elizabeth
    Davis, is brilliant. Others lend fair support.

    On the whole, ‘Sully’ is a Triumph! Don’t Miss It.

  • swillikySeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Sully is a great movie about an extraordinary event

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  • monstermayhem32September 10, 2016Reply

    A story of heroism

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  • stansolomonSeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Eastwood and Hanks…Perfect Together

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  • ferdistegmannSeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Factually and technically brilliant

    Sully is probably one of the most detailed, factually and technically
    brilliant movies ever made of a real life event. Apart from some
    obvious CGI rendering of the plane which could have been done much
    better, I was amazed by how Eastwood has given the viewer a clear and
    accurate reconstruction of what exactly happened that day and almost
    from every angle.

    However, having read the book of Sully, ”Highest Duty”, I feel that a
    lot if not most of the message of the movie would have completely gone
    over my head if I did not read the book. Sully’s mentor at a young age
    and the story of how he successfully landed a damaged plane in his
    earlier military career was perfect from a cinematographic point of
    view, but I think it did not convey Sully’s message of ”a life
    dedicated to doing your normal job remarkably” clearly.

    I appreciate that the movie tells the untold story of how Sully was
    almost blamed for his heroic actions through the investigation (not
    told elsewhere or in ”Highest duty”), but the cheesy ”wife crying on
    the phone”-type of storytelling misses an opportunity to inspire the
    audience to go home from the cinema and start preparing for their own
    ”land on the Hudson” moment in their life, something which the book
    ”Highest duty” most certainly does perfectly.

    Nonetheless, Sully remains an amazing film which serves as an example
    of what a fine actor Tom Hanks is. I also enjoyed Aaron Eckhart in this

  • jadepietroSeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Hero Worship

    (RATING: ☆☆☆☆ out of 5 )


    IN BRIEF: A bio-pic that tells its story concisely but lacks a real
    emotional lift-off.

    GRADE: B

    SYNOPSIS: The true story of Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger’s emergency
    water landing and its aftermath.

    JIM’S REVIEW: Everyone needs a hero and Sully is the latest bio-pic
    about an American idol. The story is well known, as is the outcome, but
    as directed by Clint Eastwood, the film immerses the moviegoer in a
    behind-the-scenes glimpse of Sully’s saga. In January 2009, this
    ordinary man successfully crash-landed his plane into the Hudson River,
    saving all 155 lives on board. We witness this ”Miracle on the Hudson”,
    and view the event both before and after the crash, or as Sully called
    it, ”an emergency water landing”. Although the filmmakers smartly stage
    the crash in multiple scenes via flashbacks and dream sequences, it
    lands squarely on the dramatic after-effects that haunt this aviator.
    As Sully and his crew are subjected to a thorough investigation by the
    Federal Transportation Safety Board, who become the film heavies in
    this movie, the film takes flight, even if it treads too lightly on its

    Played by Tom Hanks, in common man mode, the film aligns us to our hero
    from the start. From a competent screenplay by Todd Komarnick, which is
    based on Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger’s own autobiography, there is an
    imbalance of the facts by Mr. Eastwood that biases our judgment and
    places the moviegoer in direct support of Sully and his actions,
    without naturally questioning his decision-making process. (One wonders
    if many passengers were injured or died during this crash if the same
    public reaction would have happened. So to paint the FTSB as the fall
    guys isn’t very fair or logical. It is, after all, the procedure that
    occurs with any aviation incident. However the doubt factor, flight
    simulations, and conjecture of the inquiry does make for good conflict
    and compelling personal drama.)

    Solidly directed by Mr. Eastwood, the film is very well-crafted. The
    CGI is effectively done. The acting by Mr. Hanks and Aaron Eckhart as
    Sully’s co-pilot, is strong. Anna Gunn, Jamey Sheridan, Mike O’Malley,
    and an underused Laura Linney as Sully’s wife are all fine in their
    supporting roles.

    Yet, emotionally, the film seemed to be stuck in auto-pilot for this
    reviewer, a disconnect with the characters’ traumatic circumstances.
    The narrative structure doesn’t follow a linear structure and has
    issues with a choppiness as it jumps from the aftermath to the accident
    itself and then back to Sully’s past life. The episodic script never
    quite lands, causing an aloofness in its clinical retelling. The many
    plane crash sequences, shown from varying points of view, are overdone,
    serving as pure filler.

    While the film successfully establishes the personal tension of the
    investigation quite effectively, it underplays the dramatic gravitas.
    Were more of the screen time spent on this conflict, the film could
    have been more directly involving. Less time spent on the actual impact
    (of the plane) and more time spent on the personal stakes from the
    results of plane crash would have been more powerful for this

    Still, Sully shows a vivid portrait of a nice guy, humble to a fault,
    who was thrust into a dire life-and-death situation and survived to
    tell his tale. Mr. Eastwood honors him and the first emergency
    responders admirably. But depicting the man as less of a saint and more
    of a human being could have made this film more believable and
    thoroughly engaging. Yes it’s a riveting and uplifting story but the
    film plays it too safe, looking for that soft place to land.

    NOTE: There is a lovely song written by Mr. Eastwood, called Flying
    Home, during the end credits. Stay and have a listen.

  • seshtSeptember 10, 2016Reply

    Grey Goose, a dash of icy-cold Hudson, the 155, and the X factor

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  • Jay MehtaSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    One of the best this year…. Must Watch!!

    I felt it more of a documentary than a movie. But either way, Sully is
    a MUST WATCH. Arguably, one of the best movies this year. Story –
    little different than expected; Tom Hanks – top notch and impeccable;
    Direction – great.

    Story (9/10): The story is multi-faceted. Contrary to the expectations,
    Sully is more about the post mortem (post-incident investigation) of
    the Hudson tragedy and the emotions of the pilot, Captain Chesley
    Sullenberger – nicknamed Sully, on whose shoulders, lives of 155
    people, including him, aboard the US Airways flight hanged in balance
    for the fateful 280 seconds. As sub-plots, it also covered stories of
    some of the passengers and the people involved in the rescue. The theme
    of the movie was very different from what I thought and that’s what I
    loved about it. It narrated the perspective of the pilot on why he did
    what he did (landing into Hudson river) and his thoughts for those
    couple of minutes. The story also delves into Sully’s life – his teens,
    youth, his family. Overall, the story carefully avoided the obvious and
    talked about the things most people wouldn’t know about – and that’s
    what makes it very interesting.

    Screenplay (10/10): This is the first time I am sectioning out
    Screenplay separately in my review because this movie deserved it. Some
    of the dialogs left a lasting impression – especially the reporter
    putting out a big IF around the decision to land the plane on Hudson
    (which was the essence of the movie), or the wife of Sully realizing he
    was a part of that 155 endangered lives in that fateful flight. Some of
    Sully’s dialogs to the investigators, which had a hint of sarcasm, were
    brilliant. Also, Sully’s conversation with Skiles outside the
    investigation room which portrayed his leadership skills was highly

    Acting (8/10): I don’t think anybody could have played this role better
    than Tom Hanks. His expressions and dialog delivery perfectly fit the
    demands of the character of an immensely experienced and an honest
    pilot. Besides him, Aaron Eckhart – playing the role of the first
    officer, assisting the captain – is impressive. Although I felt he was
    largely overshadowed by Tom Hanks and barely managed to make his
    presence felt. The rest of the cast had a very small screen time to
    make any presence felt.

    Direction (9/10): Clint Eastwood did a great job in keeping this movie
    very crisp. The idea of narrating the entire incident in pieces was
    great. More importantly, it was blended very well with the flow of the
    movie and never felt disruptive. What I also loved was his coverage of
    multiple sub-plots in a short time of 96 minutes while giving perfect
    justice to the main plot. However, he probably underutilized Aaron
    Eckhart or his character – which was equally involved in the entire

    Overall (9/10): I loved the movie, or documentary if I may say. A great
    watch – though low on entertainment value – but still a high-quality

  • doxxman5September 11, 2016Reply

    A Masterclass in how to make a movie

    Sully is not a typical bio pic, and sets a new gold standard for how to
    make a movie that is thoughtful, touching, and overall about the nature
    of what it means to be a hero. I actually think this is one of
    Eastwood’s best directed movies, along side Million Dollar Baby and
    Mystic River in the 21st century phase of his career.

    There are interesting influences that have been seeping in from a
    couple of Asian directors: Zhang’s Hero which approaches this same
    topic albeit in a different century and with more extravagant visuals,
    Ozu for the long, patient camera takes as well as Kurosawa for the
    Rashomon type story that takes place. ”paintent” is the key word here,
    as many of the films detractors have said the movie is ”slow”. Notice
    how each flashback tells more, and more of the story, much like how
    Rashomon tells the story from different perspectives. Flashback are
    used as suspense devices, and Eastwood really crafts the picture in way
    that even though you think your are watching the same scene (birds!)
    new information is revealed every time which makes it entertaining. And
    entertaining is not a bad word.

    For a movie touted as a big studio movie about a real life character,
    and unlike J. Edgar which I would say is about a ”B” quality movie
    though well done biopic, I feel like Sully deserves an the highest
    rating possible because of the multiple nuances used, and like you said
    Hanks performance as he disappears into a role unlike any other he has
    ever had (compared to Captain Phillips, which to me was just Hanks
    doing Hanks). Hanks deserves an Oscar nomination at least, and a win at
    best. Eastwood makes movies about JUSTICE as a key theme, where ‘what
    is right is right’ and boy does he get his opinions on that across in
    this film (which also ties it to previous masterpieces he has done like
    Unforgiven, Grand Torino, and High Plains Drifter).

    When you know how a movie will turn out it is a challenge to make it
    entertaining and new to the audience, and Eastwood found a way to do
    that with several devices and ideas (the court hearings, Sully’s jogs
    and visits to bars around town, his nightmares which echo the 9/11
    attacks). Seeing this film on 9/11 (which was an accident really) had a
    profound effect one as a well. It left me with just enough tears after
    it is over. Sully is a movie I would recommend for everyone to see at
    some point in their lives, as it is one of the best movies ever made on
    the topic of a true life hero, who always includes others in his
    thoughts and refuses to take credit for his heroic acts (another Jimmy
    Stewart-Mr. Smith goes to Washington parallel for Hanks).

  • balakandSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    Factual errors in the movie..

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  • mystiquemSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    No Frills, Cheap Thrills … Just Brilliant Storytelling!

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  • CineMuseFilmsSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    masterful storytelling and a thoroughly riveting film

    True story bio-pics based on real disasters have little room for
    creativity because a major aviation incident like landing in the Hudson
    River is so forensically documented. However, the real disaster in
    Sully (2016) is not landing a plane in a freezing river, but the
    hysteria of the media, airlines, insurance companies and safety
    investigators, who all voraciously pursued their own vested interests
    by undermining the professionalism of a modest pilot who saved the
    lives of everyone on board.

    The central incident unfolds only minutes after take-off on 19 January
    2009 when Captain Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) realises that his Airbus
    A320-214 has lost both engines on hitting a massive flock of Canada
    geese. His options were to glide back for an airport landing while
    losing altitude over a densely populated city, or go for an
    unprecedented water landing onto the Hudson. His decision made history
    and he was immediately lauded as a hero until the media’s appetite for
    the dark side of humanity turned the incident into a witch-hunt. Asking
    was he a ”hero or fraud”, the really big doubters were those with most
    to gain if human error could be established. While aviation interests
    quickly pitted computer simulations against real world decision making,
    Sully remained focused on cockpit logic. The film spends most of its 93
    minutes exploring the incident from different perspectives and director
    Clint Eastwood’s masterful storytelling is a perfect mix of facts and
    human insight.

    It is hard to imagine any actor who could fill this role as well as Tom
    Hanks. He captures the understated gravitas of a modest hero whose job
    exists at the fleeting intersection between saving and losing lives.
    The filming style draws you into its vortex while being mercifully
    light on CGI effects. We watch over Sully’s shoulder at the controls
    then study his face during the critical minutes, before switching to
    panoptic views from the clouds. The most outstanding feature of this
    film is the way it frames the narrative and its aftermath, with
    flashbacks and parallel sub-plots that piece the story together like an
    elaborate jigsaw puzzle. Disaster films are usually just action dramas,
    but this one is much more than that. It has the intensity of a
    psychological thriller as we watch Sully’s own confidence being
    undermined in the battle between sterile computer algorithms and the
    kind of intuitive judgement that comes from four decades of flying.
    This is a thoroughly riveting film.

  • fordmodelt FordSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    The real event more interesting than the movie

    The problem with the movie ”Sully” is that it’s about 208 seconds of
    action, and we all know in advance that he successfully landed the
    plane with no loss of life. The movie starts off by telling the
    audience that. So the only ‘tension’ in the movie is whether Capt.
    Sully is going to go from hero to villain if it’s decided by the
    accident investigators that his decision to go for the Hudson rather
    than one of the nearby airports was the safer decision or not.

    Unfortunately, because the movie is based on Sully’s own version of
    events, it looks at the everything from his point of view alone. If
    there was some background provided for some of the passengers, the
    audience might be a little more invested in the survival of everyone

    The movie’s just over 90 minutes long, basically because there wasn’t
    enough to pad it out any further. It’s well acted, but that’s the only
    thing going for it. The real event was much more thrilling.

  • viewsonfilm.comSeptember 11, 2016Reply

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  • David YaegerSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    Relive The Miracle on the Hudson

    There aren’t many feel-good stories in the world in which we live. It’s
    a sad fact of modern life that most of the news we hear is bad, and
    even events that can be considered triumphs by some have a downside for
    another group. In January 2009, America got an honest- to-God miracle,
    and an authentic hero. No qualifications, no asterisk, nothing but one
    of the most amazing stories in aviation history put the right man in
    the right cockpit to save 155 lives in a spectacularly-executed water
    landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River. Over seven years later,
    the event dubbed ”The Miracle on the Hudson” is a feature film helmed
    by director Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks portraying the man in the
    pilot’s seat for the incredible hair-raising flight: Captain Sully

    US Airways Flight 1549 was supposed to be just another routine run from
    NYC’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, NC and then on to Seattle. Just
    another flight in Sully’s 42-year career behind the stick of various
    aircraft. Less than three minutes into the flight, the plane was hit by
    a flock of Canadian Geese that completely destroyed both engines and
    essentially turning the Airbus into a glider. If you’re unfamiliar with
    the geography of the NYC area, the Hudson River separates NYC from the
    Newark, NJ area. It’s one of the most densely populated areas on earth.
    Sully was given clearance from both LaGuardia and New Jersey’s
    Teterboro airport to make an emergency landing, but he determined that
    the only course open to him was to attempt a water landing on the
    Hudson. The wind chill that day was -5 degrees Fahrenheit. The water
    temperature in the thirties. Any water landing that put passengers in
    the water for an extended period of time would have resulted in
    extensive casualties. Skillfully landing the plane and joining the crew
    in evacuating the passengers onto the wings and inflatable emergency
    ramps (Sully himself was the last person off the plane, only after
    making two additional sweeps looking for stragglers), Sully was met by
    lightning fast response from NYC’s ferries, NYPD, Coast Guard, and a
    host of emergency responders. There were a few injuries, only two of
    which required overnight hospital stays, but not a soul was lost.

    The temptation in Sully would be to try to over-glamorize something
    that was already astonishing as is or make Capt. Sullenberger into
    something more than the quiet, reserved, professional, dignified man he
    is. The triumph of the film, to me, is that the star of this film is
    the crash. Hanks’ portrayal of Sully is true to what I’ve seen of the
    man in interviews. He’s not glamorous or flashy. He’s a professional
    pilot who took the lives of his passengers very safely. He’s humble and
    soft-spoken; not the sort of things that make up a Hollywood star. But,
    I think, that’s why everyone identified with Sullenberger and hailed
    him: he was one of us. Yes, his job was more high-profile than those of
    us sitting in cubicles, but to him, this was him doing his job.
    Eastwood and Hanks give you pieces of the flight from the very
    beginning of the film, but it’s not until the finale that you see the
    entirety of it from the viewpoint of passengers, crew, ground control,
    and bystanders. Sully is a brief film at 90 minutes; it tells its story
    tightly, with enough human angles to lend perspective. The narrative
    device used to drive the crash is something I was unaware of, the
    tremendous pressure exerted on Sully and First Officer Jeff Skiles
    (Aaron Eckhart) by US Airways and the NTSB, claiming Sully could have
    easily made it back to New York or New Jersey and the water landing had
    been unnecessary.

    I viewed the film on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and that context
    needs to be kept in mind in watching the movie. This occurred just over
    seven years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, and what could
    have been more devastating than another passenger plane, for whatever
    reason, hitting a populated area in that same city. Eastwood has
    received some criticism for shots of planes crashing into buildings as
    Sully replays the events over the Hudson, questioning himself and his
    actions, but how could he not be thinking of that worst case scenario?
    Those were the stakes, you had densely populated metropolitan areas to
    each side and the Hudson River. He makes the water landing wrong, at
    best, he suffers significant passenger casualties. He gambles on either
    side of the Hudson going for an airport, and he may end up plowing
    another passenger jet into the New York skyline. It’s difficult to even
    imagine stakes that could have been higher.

    Clint Eastwood, at age 86, has made one of his best films, lending just
    the right touch to a story that needed little embellishment. Tom Hanks
    brings the same subtle strength and realism to his portrayal of Captain
    Sullenberger, and Aaron Eckhart and Anna Gunn, among others, round out
    a strong ensemble. This is really the first big picture of the fall and
    it delivers in every way, and I strongly recommend people get out and
    see just what a miracle this truly was.

  • shaijalapSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    Did not reach to the level of expectation, documentary about this incident is more emotional

    Was waiting for this Clint Eastwood movie for a year. Specially after
    watching the documentary on this incident. The documentary is mind
    blowing and some how it makes the questions on audience mind on own
    deeds, whether we are doing right in life… the passengers who face
    death in front shows their emotional dialogues so sweet and heart
    touching.. which surely makes the audience cry.. especially when one of
    the passenger said – ”after this incident i started to question
    everything in my life,..felt like whatever done yesterday was not the
    right ” life of each on the board touched with this incident and they
    surely changed. Now let come to the movie. Unfortunately nothing of the
    emotional part of the passengers shown in the movie. Even when the film
    maker got a good chance to win some tears from the audience they did
    not gone much for emotional part but concentrated on investigation
    part. Film should have at least give concentration to the scenes of the
    incident but again unfortunately whole incident short cut to some few
    shots and that too in discontinued flashbacks with no continuity or
    whatsoever. However if you like more to watch in investigation view of
    the incident this will be enough and OK… director fully concentrated
    for that portion only, and to be frank done a good job.

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  • Jose SaenzSeptember 11, 2016Reply

    Solid, if a bit clumsy, portrayal of an everyday hero. Better than Flight!

    It’s kind of depressing for me to witness a growing contempt in
    Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood. To be clear, all of it is for good
    reason. I personally don’t care for his political views, nor do I
    stomach his recent, unpleasant comments on my generation. His 2012
    support for Mitt Romney hasn’t been more than an embarrassment. His
    films also haven’t reached critical success for a decade and, topped
    with his baggage with the media, still probably won’t be for a while.
    It’s a shame that a man who once started out as an out-of-nowhere
    classic icon and also a well-acclaimed director will now be remembered
    by the new generation as ”that crazy old guy”.

    Even then, it’s still a bummer considering that he’s still capable of
    making great work. He has a great eye for filmmaking and an
    unrestrained approach to storytelling. His biggest perk is designing
    simple yet effective tales out of troubled historical figures. There’s
    no ”what if” or ”how come” in his stories. Just the basic ”it is what
    it is” style of his biopics. Some might complain that there isn’t much
    meat to chew on as a result, but what makes Eastwood great as a
    storyteller lies in the trust he bestows on subjects he feels has just
    enough resonance on its own. Sometimes that works great (Letters from
    Iwo Jima) and sometimes it doesn’t (J. Edgar). With Sully, which tells
    the story of a recent plane landing on the Hudson River by Chesley
    Sullenberger, he once again reaches that same template with great
    earnest to the now-retired hero. The result is a solid,
    well-intentioned, slightly clumsy, tribute to a historical figure that
    no man other than Eastwood can make.

    Now the life of Sullenberger is a fairly straightforward one. Once
    during a flight in Flight 1549, a major turbulence caused by
    out-of-nowhere birds forced Sullenberger to attempt a miraculous
    landing in the Hudson River. After saving everybody on the plane, he is
    held as an ”All American Hero” even though he just did his job.
    However, the NTSB, after an investigation on the wreckage, finds
    evidence to suggest that he committed an irrational act and found
    evidence of an alternative and safer method to land the plane. But
    Sully, along with his co-pilot, suggest that his human instincts point
    to the contrary, even going as far as to deny the dozens of flight
    simulations against his claim. Is he right? Did he act rationally? Or
    does the big, bad, mean NTSB just trying to tarnish his reputation? Do
    you seriously need answers to all of these?

    Now I know a bunch of smarty pants is bound to compare this to another
    plane movie Flight since both films are about pilots who attempted
    miraculous landings and somehow gets ridiculed for it. But while Flight
    was an overrated, unlikeable slog where such a landing can only be
    achieved by an under-appreciated drunk who shoots up blow and abuses
    his friends, Sully takes a simple, likable explanation. He is just a
    man with past experience with a plane who believes in doing what he can
    to save as many people as possible, even if it means not landing on a
    runway. He has a lovable relationship with his wife and kids who gets
    separated thanks to a swarm of media news people. He feels that the
    NTSB forgets the fundamentals of human instinct so much that they
    wouldn’t see the danger of not complying with it. The only piece of
    extra information we get is when Sully suffers from reasonable
    nightmares of the plane crashing which resulted from him not committing
    to the Hudson in the first place (in beautifully crafted CGI plane
    crashes). Though otherwise, Clint Eastwood adds little more to this
    story and instead focuses on a man who just simply did his job and gets
    the well-deserved hero status, which leads to probably his most
    heartwarming piece in his career so far.

    Sadly, that does lead to a lot of issues. The film’s structure is a
    little all over the place for starters; Todd Komarnicki’s scattershot
    screenplay rearranges the events rather than in order, which honestly
    would’ve been the better route. It starts with Sully after the crash,
    then before, then even back to his younger days, then the events at the
    hearing. It’s a weird structure and it’s made worse by the film
    deliberately finding ways to film the crash from multiple angles.
    Another issue lies in the film being too one-note in its short and
    sweet storytelling, in which Eastwood frames the NTSB as the bad guys
    who misunderstood Sully’s act of heroism. It gets reasonable at first,
    but then once the film shifts into the ”man vs machine” court case, it
    gets distracting. I expected that to be the case all along, especially
    from a film made by an anti-government conservative, but it’s still
    unfortunate to see a huge sacrifice in complexity, both in narrative
    and in character.

    Huge issues aside, this is a fine surprise for me and a huge
    improvement for Clint after the two-punch disappointments back in 2014.
    Tom Hanks is still great in his otherwise straightforward role. The way
    the film represents an everyday hero is admirable and sentimental. The
    runtime is deliberately shorter so it doesn’t overstay its welcome. And
    yes, lo and behold, Eastwood amps up the production value in this for
    the first time in forever, with simple camera work and impressive CGI
    plane sequences. In a weekend of sad recognition of 9/11, Sully
    deliberately arrives in the right time to remind us about that little
    heroic event that’s bound to bring us hope in the near future. Should
    this be Eastwoods last film, it’d be a great closure to an impressive

  • ([email protected])September 11, 2016Reply

    Hanks and Eastwood recreating the historic event with grand efficiency.

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  • PWNYCNYSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    The quintessential hero.

    This is a great movie. It’s about a regular working-class guy who does
    something heroic. The movie is also about New York City. It showcases
    New York City at its best. Sully is the kind of movie that is so good
    that it can’t help but put you in a good mood, and make you believe
    that decent, caring people are still out there. A pilot is flying a
    plane and when confronted with impending disaster maintains his
    self-control resulting in a lot of lives being saved. Yet, what makes
    the movie even more enjoyable are the qualities of the hero himself –
    modest, caring, loyal, and professional. The movie manages to make you
    care about him as a person and in the process come to appreciate who he
    is and what he did. Tom Hanks warrants accolades for his fine
    performance has Chessley Sullenberger. The rest of the cast is
    excellent too. But as the title indicates, the story centers around one
    man who showed the world true heroism in the fullest sense of the

  • mr-rick-sheltonSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    Can’t explain it but this movie really works!

    I don’t know if it is expert directing, impeccable acting, clever
    editing, great casting, amazing production, fantastic storyline, or
    what. All I can say is that this movie really works. There are
    obviously no mysteries going into this movie. Everybody knows the basic
    story. The movie even reveals that very early on. What surprised me is
    how emotionally engaging this film was from stem to stern. At one point
    my wife clutches my hand which validated the emotions and tension I was
    feeling at the time. We see a lot of movies (nothing loaded with
    f-bombs or gore) and this is the best we’ve seen in a LONG time. Thanks
    to Eastwood, Hanks and the rest of the pros involved in this endeavor.

  • ctowyiSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    an absorbing showcase of a man’s extraordinary professionalism in the face of danger

    Running at a lean and spry 96min, Clint Eastwood’s Sully isn’t so much
    a clinical bio-pic in the traditional sense, but an absorbing showcase
    of a man’s extraordinary professionalism in the face of danger.

    On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the ”Miracle on
    the Hudson” when Captain Chesley Sullenburger (Tom Hanks) glided his
    disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the
    lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by
    the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill,
    an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his
    reputation and his career.

    Tom Hanks underplays Sullenburger but in so doing he brings out the
    multi-layered human qualities in the man. This is about a man who has
    42 years of flying experience and he knows the aircraft like it is the
    back of his hand. Here is a man who does his job to the best of his
    abilities and he does it well. He will tell you he is not a hero but
    simply a man who is just doing his job. From a man with no time he
    becomes the man of all time. However, he is shaken to his very core
    when the doubts start to set in as the NTSB rips apart his heroic
    maneuver. Is Sullenburger a hero or a fraud?

    The story rests on Tom Hank’s abled shoulders who has built a
    reputation playing understated and reluctant heroes in Bridge of Spies
    and Captain Phillips. On first look Hank didn’t seem to put on his
    acting hat, but after a night of rumination his character continues to
    stay with me. His sullenly insular and taciturn manner displays a fully
    functioning problem-solver’s mind, calculating the probability of
    survival in that instance when the birds hit the plane engines. Thank
    goodness he trusts his instincts rather than the computer.

    Hank isn’t the only star in the story. At 86, Eastwood has meticulously
    crafted an honest story we thought we already knew into a tense drama
    with little bell and whistle. His unfazed skill in storytelling is
    assured and Sully definitely belongs to the top tier of his pantheon of
    good movies that include Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. In
    Eastwood’s hands, the film flies above the usual biopic tropes and it
    feels like a homage to a modest man who rose to an extraordinary
    occasion and a salute to professionalism. It is a wonder the story
    doesn’t carry an ounce of jingoism and it is a superb amalgam of the
    loud and the silence and the human elements of a near air disaster.

    The final star is definitely the plane crash. For a home-theatre
    enthusiast, the visuals and sonics are a feast for the senses. We get
    to see the crash and its aftermath from every physical and emotional
    angle. I can’t remember the last time I see a reenactment of a plane
    crash so visceral and real. This is the closest you will get to
    experience one without actually being in one.

    I didn’t care much for Eastwood’s last directorial effort American
    Sniper because it carried too many skull-numbing and blatant
    embellishments, but with Sully he has redeemed himself. This may feel
    like a straight-forward story but the use of Rashomon-resque plot
    manipulation transcends the film above the usual biopics that you would
    forget after a night’s sleep. I didn’t forget this one today.

  • bob-west18September 12, 2016Reply

    Why We Go to the Movies

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  • RNMortonSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    Hanks with just another home run

    Who else to pick to play US Airlines hero pilot Sullivan other than Tom
    Hanks, the theatrical Everyman of our generation? Henry Fonda did this
    sort of thing when I was a kid, but I was never a big Fonda guy. Hanks
    is fine as the modest but competent pilot excelling under extreme
    pressure. This was a short movie, and rightfully so. The real drama is
    in the reenactment of the forced water landing (don’t use the ”c” word)
    which takes all of about 3 minutes in real time. But don’t be surprised
    when you don’t see all the excitement up front. The screenplay,
    artfully done, doles out the thrills throughout the movie. So Hanks and
    Eckhart are great as the pilots, the persons playing the NTSB officials
    investigating the near-crash do a nice job although their attitude is a
    little over the top. Even before reading a recent article about NTSB
    response to the movie, I was wondering if the NTSB’s attitude was a bit
    overplayed. This movie needed a couple of important lines to express
    NTSB concern, including ”we are mandated to look at everything when a
    forced landing occurs, and discount the possibility of pilot error”;
    along with ”landing on the Hudson is a last choice, we have to fully
    explore whether the plane could have returned safely to the airport”.
    You don’t get quite enough of that here. There is a difference between
    a complete and thorough investigation and a witch-hunt; and we need to
    look at possible pilot error not just for evaluating the pilots in
    question but as a learning experience for all pilots going forward. But
    the movie as it is plays out nicely, all the bells and whistles are
    out, and the scenes through the credits of the actual pilot and
    passengers were much appreciated.

  • Gabriela FloreaSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    Amazing Hanks performance

    Go see this movie!!

    I don’t normally write reviews. But in this case, I feel like I should.
    I am not a Tom Hanks fan. I mean, he is a good actor, but I find a
    bunch of his movies a bit dull. On the other hand, I absolutely love
    Clint Eastwood. As an actor, and as well, as a director. This team
    is…the dream team. I absolutely loved Hanks performance, I think that
    makes the difference between this movie and similar ones. I saw a lot
    of movies with plane crashes or plane-situations. I recall very well
    the sensations each one of them left upon me: ”Flight”, ”Red Eye”, ”
    Non-Stop” and even ”Final Destination”. All of these movies made me
    forget the plot right after leaving the cinema. In this case, you will
    feel empathy. You will live with Hanks’s character all the uncertainty.
    And I absolutely loved the quotes in this movie. And the last
    line…was the climax.

    Go see it!

  • Mars RockerSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    Probably going to be the most realistic aviation movie you are going to watch

    The movie was very accurate especially with the Quick Reference
    Handbook. A lot of aviation movie like Left Behind are inaccurate
    especially when a person who knows airplanes very well to watch. The
    alarms and accurate, the cockpit was accurate, the Enchanced Ground
    Proxity Warning System was accurate. There are humors here and there,
    but it is very very easy to understand the movie if you know a lot
    about aviation. But overall, everyone should be able to understand the
    plot or movie unless you have completely no idea what happened to USair
    1549. Beware that they might be some misunderstanding parts in the
    movie but in the end you will still understand the movie well. I advise
    to anyone who flies or loves aviation to watch this film cause it is
    probably going to be the most accurate movie you ever gonna watch.

  • eddie_bagginsSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    Eastwoods best film in years and a likely Oscar player

    A refreshingly traditional true life tale directed by a traditionally
    old school director, Sully has delivered Clint Eastwood his best film
    in a number of years after a string of disappointments in the form of
    films like Hereafter, J.Edgar and Invictus while the financially
    successful American Sniper was far from Eastwood’s best and it’s an
    audience pleasing experience that will likely see it play some type of
    part in next year’s Academy Awards.

    Taking a look at both the happenings and closely followed aftermath of
    the Miracle On The Hudson that saw pilot Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger
    and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles land an American Airlines flight with 155
    passengers on board on New York’s Hudson river after a flock of birds
    caused engine failures on the plane, Eastwood has within this tale of
    human courage and lifesaving actions found a vehicle to not only
    showcase an incredible tale of survival but a thrilling experience that
    will have you holding onto your cinema seat with a vice like grip.

    The initial trailers for Sully barely scratched the surface of the
    ability Eastwood has enacted upon here as we are thrust between the
    fateful flight and Sully’s fight to prove his decision was warranted
    and the actual incident itself that is shown in numerous forms over the
    films 90 minute run time, each time offering us another point of view
    to the occurrence on January 15th 2009. These scenes are Sully’s best
    and some of the most gripping scenes Eastwood has ever directed and
    while the outings outside of the doomed flight might not work to the
    same level, Eastwood balances out the thrills with heart in outstanding
    fashion that often allows fellow veteran of the industry Tom Hanks time
    to shine as well.

    Whilst appearing in great thrillers like Captain Philips and last
    year’s magnificent Bridge of Spies, Hanks has had a rather topsy-turvey
    decade or so with his projects that has seen some fairly forgettable
    experiences like Ithaca and Larry Crowne, but Sully provides the
    esteemed actor with a low-key yet worthy character that he makes his

    Ably supported by his off-sider Aaron Eckhart as co-pilot Jeff Skiles,
    Hanks does some of his very best work as Captain Sully, who quickly
    becomes a likable and relatable figure who after years of fine work in
    the cockpit had to make a life and death decision in mere minutes that
    for various reasons become a scrutinised and publicly huge event. It
    would not be at all surprising to see Hanks figure as a major part of
    Sully’s awards campaign.

    While it may be to slight for some and sections of the film veer
    somewhat towards the over dramatic (including a script that could’ve
    done with a little extra polish), Sully feels like a the type of big
    Hollywood film this year’s movie event calendar has been sadly bereft
    of and marks another career win for the evergreen Eastwood and Hanks
    who here get to show the upstarts how a big budgeted drama is done,
    both in a set piece and storytelling point of view.

    4 Gran Torino billboards out of 5

  • Sophia SingerSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    Dramatic but informative

    Today I saw Sully and it was such a great movie. The intensity of the
    plane crash in the Hudson and Captain Sully’s story was very
    interesting. Clint Eastwood did a great job directing and the cast were
    good at portraying the roles. Yet, I did notice an editing issue. In
    the scene where Captain Sully is running through Times Square, he
    passes by a poster that shows the Broadway show, ”Aladdin”, directed by
    Casey Nicholaw, which came out in 2014. The movie takes place in
    January of 2009. Tom Hanks did a very good job and was on point with
    his character. I also find it interesting how in the movie, actual
    people who were in the crash were in the movie. Overall, I would
    definitely recommend the movie to people who are into biographies /

  • codickersonSeptember 12, 2016Reply

    What we never imagined was happening

    I had no idea all of these examinations of the competence, judgments
    and decisions of Sully were taking place behind the scenes as we
    regular folk out here were totally accepting of his heroic
    accomplishment. Wow! Knowing that he had so much more to endure after
    the fact was absolutely fascinating. Again incredible kudos to Clint
    Eastwood for another amazing film. The realism and authenticity of
    virtually every frame was awe inspiring. I felt like I was there for
    the original experience. I guess we should expect nothing less than
    that from an Oscar winning director like Eastwood, but to do it time
    and time again is remarkable.

  • Dr LewisSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    A great movie from threadbare material

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  • theRetireeSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Shoulda Known Better

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  • Quietb-1September 13, 2016Reply

    Sully short for sullen.

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  • ausserseinSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Extremely Offensive!

    This is without a doubt the most offensive, disgusting movie I have
    ever seen. I cannot believe this GARBAGE is being shown in theaters.
    ”Sickening” is the word I would use to describe this movie. What an
    absolute disgrace. The makers of this film should be brought up on
    charges. They don’t have a shred of decency or any respect for
    anything, obviously. The tragic events depicted in this movie are
    burned into our collective consciousness; for the monstrous director of
    this film to lone his pockets with the blood money of a national trgedy
    is beyond despicable. The families of the victims deserve far better
    than this abomination, and I hope they are successfully able to sue and
    get everyone involved on this disgraceful film thrown in prison for
    life. Horrible offensive disgusting bad movie.

  • MisterWhiplashSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    everything’s good about it except for its reason for being (as a movie)

    So here’s the deal: in the English classes I teach, I like to bring up
    the Rhetorical Triangle, which was originally by Aristotle or one of
    those Greek fellas, and what this consists of are three things in any
    decent piece, fiction or otherwise that is meant to convince us of its
    worth (obviously): Logos, Pathos and Ethos. Logos is the use of logic,
    facts, or truth; Pathos is the appeal to a reader or just an audience’s
    emotions; Ethos is the speaker or writer’s character, credibility, and

    I thought of this when I was walking out at the end of Sully, the new
    film by the 86 years old(ass) block of American grit known as Clint
    Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart as the pilots who
    landed the plane without any loss of life in the Hudson river in
    January 2009. Surely the film has the logos and ethos down – it doesn’t
    fudge any facts (far as I or most can tell), and it’s made by a
    filmmaker who has gone around the block already when it comes to
    depicting figures who may be called heroes but they simply (in that
    Howard Hawks tradition) see themselves as professionals (think of the
    soldiers from Flags of Our Fathers or American Sniper, the former made
    for dull viewing, the latter more engaging but troubling at times). But
    the pathos? I’m not so sure.

    Sully was a man who was and remains beyond reproach: he *did* do his
    job and did it well, and despite the doubt that may be planted to the
    flight committee/board who are investigating the landing in the river
    (basically the closest this movie has to antagonists), where’s the
    conflict? There may be some interior struggle I may have missed, but in
    such a short run time I’m not so sure Eastwood and the screenwriters
    leave much room for any troubling character signs or things that can
    put this story in flux (especially as it’s one that is relatively
    recent and more in the public eye than Chris Kyle even was by
    comparison). This isn’t to say that from that ethos/logos perspective
    the filmmakers and cast don’t do their job – this may be one of
    Eastwood’s better directed films in a while, and Hanks and Eckhart
    (mostly Hanks as it’s his guy at the top of the bill) so as good as
    they can in portraying these men.

    But, and it’s not too small a but, what else is there to this story? If
    one thinks back to two of the intense films that involve plane crashes
    from the past ten years, United 93 and Flight, they each had a)
    something that was intensely significant that made it a story worth
    telling and utilized pathos to the Nth degree, or b) gave us a
    character (Denzel in Flight) who was troubled and flawed and made it a
    little more difficult to see the story as black and white. Sully
    doesn’t dance too far into the gray areas, and it’s not really because
    Eastwood or his filmmaking team avoided them. They’re just not there to
    begin with: a plane had a major problem, the pilots were both
    professional *and* human in their duties (the one interesting factor to
    me is that), and then there was an investigation. Oh, and Sully’s wife
    or girlfriend (Laura Linney) had trouble selling their other property
    or something. Shrug.

    In other words, aside from the centerpiece of the film, where we see
    the crash happen from the perspectives of the pilots, the passengers
    (including three who were separated due to arriving at the last moment
    to the gate), the attendants, the airline traffic controllers, the
    coast guard, and which is an incredible piece of filmmaking and
    performance unto itself, there is not too much ‘there’ there
    emotionally speaking. That may be part of the point, that this was a
    case that showed the best in people and the fact that no one died was
    something of a miraculous event. Is that enough to make it worth
    rushing out immediately to plunk down the how many dollars it costs to
    see it in a theater? I’m not totally convinced.

  • bankofmarquisSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Solidly and Professionally made and acted film

    Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks throws the first punches in the 2016 Oscar
    battle with this very good drama about hero pilot Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger who successfully landed his US Airways plane in the Hudson
    river after both engines were taken out by birds.

    Professionally and economically directed by Eastwood, this film focuses
    on the NTSB investigation into the landing and could Sully have flown
    the plane to a nearby airport?

    The answer is never really in doubt as we all know what happened and
    Eastwood casts ”Mr. Trustworthy” Tom Hanks in the title role, so when
    the NTSB questions Sully’s instincts and decisions, Hanks/Sully
    responds that he KNEW he did the right thing, we – as the audience –
    never doubt him as well.

    This movie shows a director and an actor in lockstep with each other
    and both showing that they ”still have it”. Let’s start with Hanks (and
    the other actors). The whole cast is excellent. Hanks, of course, takes
    us along for the ride and he says more with a look of determination and
    a squint of his eye than most actors can with a thousand words and
    gestures. His Sullenberg is a real human being, with doubts and
    troubles, but strong and in command. Hanks is ably assisted by Aaron
    Eckhardt as co-pilot Jeff Skiles. To be honest, I find Eckhardt’s
    acting to be pedestrian – not bad, not great, pretty middle of the road
    – but he is as good as I have seen him in this role. I think it is
    because he has to elevate his game in riding side saddle to Hanks, and
    step up he does. Laura Linney (as Sully’s wife) and Holt McCallany (as
    Sully and Skiles Union Rep) also give strong, solid performances. Only
    the trio of NTSB investigators – Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn and Jamie
    Sheridan – fair poorly, but I think that is because the script really
    draws them with heavy, villainous lines – lines that need to be drawn
    to give the film some dramatic tension – but lines that do turn these
    three into caricatures, not human beings.

    But that small quibble can be forgiven because of the solid,
    workmanlike direction of Eastwood. This movie is short, compact and
    solid – nary a scene too long or extraneous word of dialogue in the
    film. Eastwood, wisely, knows that the tension in this film is NOT
    whether or net Sully is cleared by the NTSB, but by the 208 seconds of
    the flight from the bird strike to landing and Eastwood films this so
    well and so precisely that I was glued to my seat, even though I knew
    what happened and how it ended. For good measure, Eastwood goes through
    that 208 seconds a 2nd time and I was just as glued to my seat that
    time as well!

    A strong effort from Eastwood and Hanks, one that you will enjoy

    8 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (of Marquis)

  • Mister_LoomisSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Why All the Unnecessary Drama…Hero Not Enough?!

    I was all set to learn about the details behind the big Hudson River
    splash down so l went to see this film with great anticipation. What a

    Almost half the film contains a drama that seems very contrived and for
    some reason anti- NTSB. I’m not sure why the organization tasked to
    investigate ”all” airline incidents is portrayed in such a sinister
    light. Were they not performing a routine investigation into an
    extraordinary event? Is Capt. Sully beyond reproach to the airline
    paying his handsome salary or the passengers to which their lives were
    in his hands? Give me a break.

    If it wasn’t for that elephant in the room the movie would’ve been 45
    minutes long and a good adventure film with a real American ”hero” if
    that label is necessary to sell tickets. But I’m not sure why this
    picture was made with such a thin story trumped up with a very
    questionable amount of fluff to make it a full length feature.

    I hope an appropriate documentary can be made for television to tell
    the real story of this incident but I wouldn’t waste $12 to see this
    film for what it’s worth.

  • A_Different_DrummerSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Sully — a slightly ESOTERIC review

    First, the film itself:

    * technically perfect. What Clint Eastwood shares with Ron Howard is
    that they are both actors-turned-directors who consistently make
    technically perfect films. (Howard, on the other hand, was never voted
    ”sexiest man alive” in his acting career. Just a trivia point…)

    * what they also share is a penchant for taking larger-than-life people
    and literally making them much-larger-than-life on the big screen.
    After this, you will feel like you have known Sully as long as his

    * in the presence of such directorial talent, it is easy to overlook
    the casting choices. In this case, I suggest that Hanks may not get the
    credit he is due. This may be the best performance of his career. He
    sets a deer-in-the-headlights tone early; and by mid-movie, the viewer
    starts to feel as paranoid as his character. Amazing performance.

    * recommended for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it
    is one of the best films of the year.

    And now the esoteric part of the review:

    * have a friend, a university professor, who once explained to me, at
    some length, that the #1 most ”unnatural” event in life is an MRI scan.
    You are placed immobile in a life-size cassette and then inserted into
    an appliance that bombards you with EM waves while deafening you with
    noise unlike you have ever heard before. Like a baby, you are
    completely dependent on outside help, and, if the machine failed, it is
    far from certain you could escape on your own. Yet this is a part of
    our culture, and the common wisdom is we should be grateful the tech
    exists in the first place.

    * the second most un-natural event in our culture? Air travel, he said.
    (You can do the comparisons on your own.)

    * the kicker is that my friend ended his dissertation by mentioning
    there are ”standing” MRIs which do the same job and are more
    comfortable but expensive, so many hospitals and clinics avoid them. We
    are, after all, a society that is all about money.

    * watching the people leave the plane in the film I remembered my
    friend’s strong views. A century ago, air travel was a very different
    experience. If you think about it, as is the case with the MRI, it is
    really all about the money.

  • bg-81915September 13, 2016Reply

    Another Eastwood and Hanks hit!

    First off, it’s hard to go wrong with the combo of Tom Hanks and Clint
    Eastwood. Hanks was great as usual and Eastwood very rarely fails to
    direct a good movie. I thought the movie was very well structured as it
    went between present and past. The landing scenes were quite nerve
    wracking and emotions ran high with all the survivors after they were
    saved. Hanks shows us how tough this was for a low key man like Sully,
    having to endure the questioning and the huge responsibility of being
    the hero. I felt that though only a little more than 90 minutes, it
    still had filler that it could have done without, such as Sully in his
    young days. I know it showed his love of flying but just didn’t seem to
    click with me. Still, it’s well worth seeing and another fine addition
    to Hanks and Eastwood’s filmography.

  • Edgar Allan PoohSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Director Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. are Warning America . . .

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  • Dave McClain ([email protected])September 13, 2016Reply

    National treasures Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood tell the story of another national treasure, Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger.

    Many people remember, or have at least heard of, the ”Miracle on the
    Hudson”, the 2009 landing of a disabled passenger jet on the Hudson
    River by Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger, resulting in the
    survival of all of the plane’s passengers and crew. But how much do we
    really know about the incident? In most cases, probably not much more
    than what was in that first sentence. That’s what makes the story such
    a great idea for a movie. With Todd Komarnicki’s adaptation of
    Sullenburger’s 2009 memoir ”Highest Duty” as their guide, director
    Clint Eastwood and star Tom Hanks bring us the behind-the-scenes story
    of this incredible water landing and its aftermath in the drama ”Sully”
    (PG-13, 1:35).

    The film opens with a plane crash scene. It’s a literal nightmare of
    Captain Sullenberger (Hanks), who is haunted by his experience of
    landing his airliner on the Hudson River – and what might have happened
    if things had gone differently. Different scenarios play out in Sully’s
    head as he sleeps – and also while he’s awake, forced to relive the
    incident by NTSB investigators. Their questions and the facts about the
    ”crash” (as they call it, ”forced water landing”, as Sully calls it)
    lead Sully to second-guess himself and his actions, even as he is being
    hailed in the media and in person as a hero and he is being
    wholeheartedly supported by his wife, Lorraine Sullenberger (Laura
    Linney), via telephone from their California home.

    As the investigators (played by Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan and Anna
    Gunn) repeatedly interview Sully and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles (Aaron
    Eckhart), we hear information and arguments which will make most Movie
    Fans question whether Sully made the right call and whether he really
    is a hero. As Sully alternately struggles with those same issues and
    reaffirms his version of events for the skeptical investigators, we
    also see that short flight reenacted, from different perspectives and
    with more and more of the story coming to light. We also get a taste of
    the media frenzy which surrounded Sully and his family, and see
    flashback scenes of Sully’s earlier experiences flying as a teenager
    and in the military.

    The combination of the vast movie-making experience of Eastwood
    (directing his 35th feature) and Hanks (with over 30 years’ worth of
    films on his resume) has resulted in an interesting and well-conceived
    telling of Sully’s experiences. Much like the NTSB investigation at the
    center of the story, the film uses what most of us didn’t know about
    the ”Miracle on the Hudson” to dramatic effect, telling the untold
    story as if peeling back the layers of an onion. Besides a more
    complete picture of this incredible incident (and another reminder of
    how talented Eastwood and Hanks are), the film also gives us a subtle
    but profound reminder that there is, and never will be, a substitute
    for human experience, intuition and guts. ”Sully” may not be a
    thrill-a-minute movie, but it uses every one of its 95 minutes very
    well. ”A-”

  • Python HyenaSeptember 13, 2016Reply

    Eastwood / Hanks Collaborate.

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  • LalperaSeptember 14, 2016Reply

    Am I missing something here?

    It was an OK movie, with lots of natural acting. Hanks does the job
    well as usual, so does Eckhart too, but I just don’t get it…..isn’t
    something missing here? When I watched the actual story on TV news in
    2009 I just thought, wow ….here’s a real hero of our time who just did
    the right thing at the right time at the right place. Definitely 155
    people were so lucky to have Sully as their captain… I was full of
    admiration of what Captain Sully did in those 36 seconds…. But the
    movie simply fail to give us that feeling… the wow factor! I just
    thought being a feature movie it could have added some dramatized
    events to enrich the characteristics of a live drama… a feature
    movie. Especially involved with 155 people, Clint could have dug in to
    their emotional side to enrich the sentimental side of a feature film.
    But it just looked like a semi documentary. Simply a great story wasted
    in vain.

  • Yogesh JoshiSeptember 14, 2016Reply

    SULLY : Justice to The Highest Duty

    He had done it before and he had done it a few more times after
    that.And every time he made it a point to not miss the target . Taking
    the apprehension out of the head of the viewer,laying it down nice n
    easy, stripping it to its purest form and then delivering the final
    dose with dexterity; Clint Eastwood has done it once again. The ability
    to lift a viewer’s soul from the seat and placing it in the story
    delivering an out of body experience is the skill very few
    possess.Considering Mr.Eastwood’s interest and success,particularly of
    late, in making movies based on true events, Sully was looked forward
    to pretty anticipatedly in the erudite factions of the fraternity and
    audience.So when you have such agenda on your hands and stakes are
    high, obviously, you need the perfect tools to realize the vision.

    First, Tom Hanks. One of the very few actors who not only understand
    their role but also are able to share the vision of the director in the
    movie making process (I guess that’s what makes him a very successful
    producer as well). Speaking a bit about Tom. Over the course of his
    career, he has taken me, like the countless others, on a roller coaster
    ride of the modern cinema and has added many dimensions to movie
    watching. For me, he has given the confidence to let go of fear, doubt,
    and disbelief regarding whether the actors are doing justice to what
    exactly director had in mind, whenever he’s on screen.

    Now, about the movie. It paces nicely giving out the necessary
    realistic vibes. Hanks, in all senses literal and figurative, is the
    captain here.He handles the build-up and unraveling of a small but
    well-rounded web perfectly.I see no one else than Tom playing the
    audacious Ct. Chesley Sullenberger. Now since it’s all happened and
    wrote upon it’s not a spoiler to say that it’s about a ‘plane landing
    in the river’. In the process of achieving a singular class in the
    making, the crux of this event is shown in three different
    perspectives, each going on and adding the much-required dimension to
    the viewer’s understanding of the scenario. You just have to experience
    the joy of putting those perspectives together to form the whole of the
    event. Also, in an excellent display of ‘shot- making’, Eastwood,
    builds the protagonist’s drama of the story with a forehand and points
    out potholes in the judiciary system in a cautious backhand.And all
    this fitted cozily in 95 minutes of running time, is a hats-off effort
    from the team. Take a bow. Also, Aaron Eckhart is worth mentioning
    here, as he plays perfect Watson to Hank’s Holmes. Rest of the cast
    does just about enough not to get noticed for any wrong reasons,
    Barring Anna Gunn. To whom, by the way, you have already given a fair
    share of loathing in Breaking Bad (:P) and you won’t be seen making
    friends with her here either.

    I was wondering, before, that why the movie was being made in IMAX,
    since it did not have the blockbuster visual element to it , only to
    learn that there’s that one little step taken,very much necessary to
    depict a plummeting A320 from a spectacular New-York skyline in the
    backdrop to the fluvial water body of the Hudson. It does take you from
    eliciting awe to dropping jaw. It’s worth it. Good call Blondie. And
    since on the topic, a worthy mention here for cinematographer Tom
    Stern,Who’s been Clint’s sidekick in the camera department in many of
    his previous directorial ventures, for crafting some IMAX worthy
    sequences and putting the peripheral vision of the viewer to a good

    Since Interstellar broke the stereotypes of background scores by using
    it generously, audaciously, and successfully, I make it a point to take
    notice the use (over/under) of background score in a film. No follies
    here as well, as Sully is punctuated with background score only when
    necessary, giving enough scope for the viewer to let the reality of the
    events unfolding on screen, sink in…..Deep.

    The body-binding spell cast by the powerful duo of cinematic wizards
    will take quite some time to wear off. In all regards of film- making,
    justice is served. Bon appetit.

  • Anurag-ShettySeptember 14, 2016Reply

    A remarkable movie about a real-life hero.

    Sully is a biopic about, pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger(Tom Hanks).
    Sully & his First Officer Jeff Skiles(Aaron Eckhart) have no choice
    but, to land US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson river. This is due to
    a dual engine failure. Despite all of this, Captain Sully & First
    Officer Skiles saved the lives of all 155 passengers on-board the
    aircraft. This is due to Sully’s last-minute unorthodox decision, to
    land the aircraft on the Hudson river. However, the aviation
    authorities question his decision.

    Sully is a sensational film. Clint Eastwood has directed yet another
    masterpiece, after American Sniper(2014). The most fascinating aspect
    of this movie is that, it is based on a true story. The visual effects
    department has flawlessly depicted, how Captain Sully & First Officer
    Skiles made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson river. The
    fact that they shot several scenes at the actual locations, definitely
    solidifies the authenticity of the film. The background score by
    Christian Jacob & Tierney Sutton Band is subtle yet memorable. The
    performances are the highlight of the film. Tom Hanks steals the show
    as Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Hanks portrays Sully’s subtle change
    in emotions throughout the movie, effortlessly. Aaron Eckhart is
    fantastic as Jeff Skiles. Eckhart adds a little bit of much needed wit
    to the film. Laura Linney is spectacular as Lorraine Sullenberger. Mike
    O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan & Anna Gunn are great as Charles Porter, Ben
    Edwards & Elizabeth Davis, respectively. The actors that played the
    passengers & crew of Flight 1539, are brilliant as well. Sully is a
    feel-good film. Go for it, immediately!

  • katyhunSeptember 14, 2016Reply


    Boring. Very, very dull. Before anyone starts questioning anything,
    there were advance screenings at the local cinema, that’s why I saw it
    early. Moving on.

    Who thought making this story into a film was a good idea? An event
    happened, everyone did their jobs, nothing went wrong. Why all the
    drama? Even the film just feels like a news story of the week type
    thing. I didn’t know that much about this story so I went in hoping for
    more insight, but I learnt nothing. I knew going in that the plane
    crashed into the Hudson and the pilot did a good job. The film offers
    nothing beyond that.

    It is competently directed, as expected by Eastwood. I’m a little sick
    of the colourless visuals, although this wasn’t nearly as bland looking
    as Jersey Boys nor as murky as the awful J Edgar. Hanks just does his
    usual thing pretty much playing himself in the lead role. There isn’t
    much character development in this film, nor any truly memorable or
    resonant moments. The film lacks insight into the characters, I feel as
    if I could have had the same experience just reading a newspaper
    article based on this event. It’s incredibly dry.

    I thought Flight with Denzel Washington was a very underwhelming film.
    And this was a bad version of that. Let that sink in for a little. At
    least there we had the story of him overcoming alcoholism. Eastwood
    really needs to pick films based on more interesting material, as he
    did until around 2008. It’s pretty surprising to see such lacklustre
    output after films like Gran Torino, Letters From Iwo Jima, and

    You know they’re running low on material when they show the crash twice
    from the same perspective. I have no clue what Eastwood was going for
    there. Very strange.

    I’m sorry this review was so short – I just don’t have much to say
    about this film.

  • palavitsinisSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    Oops, they did it again!

    Well, Sally is one of those movies where you can just tell from the
    cast and director that it’s going to be a heck of a movie! You just
    know.. I was reluctant myself to go to the movies and watch it cause it
    seemed more of a pay-per-view film to watch at home. It’s not.

    It’s masterfully made, keeps the sense of suspense high and although
    the movie is not revolving around the specific time that the accident
    took place, but goes beyond that point in time, it’s still amazing. I
    loved all the flashbacks and leaps in time.

    Tom Hanks seems to be raising the bar over and over again and it won’t
    be a surprise to see him get an Oscar for this. He depicted a
    determined, professional but deeply human pilot that managed to do what
    no one thought could be done.

    This movie is all about surpassing human limits and living up and
    beyond expectations. It’s a movie about the real world and a real movie
    at the same time. It’s a high-quality, high-fidelity and high- standard
    one. It’s the best movie I’ve seen so far within 2016.

  • AudioFileZSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    This Time An American Hero That’s Hard To Fault

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  • Sean HardemanSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    Hanks and Eastwood provide a professional tribute to a man that was all about professionalism.

    The story of Capt. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger’s ”forced water
    landing” of US Airways flight 1549 is delivered wonderfully to the
    cinema by Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks, portraying Sully as a subtle
    everyday hero.

    The film follows the story of the crash of the Airbus A320 onto the
    Hudson on January 15th 2009 and the following investigation by the
    National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Tom Hanks stars as Capt.
    Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart (First Officer Jeff Skiles), Laura
    Linney (Lorrie Sullenberger), Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany,
    Jamey Sheridan and Jerry Ferrara in supporting roles.

    But the undeniable star of this film is Hanks, who portrays Sully in
    such a wonderful and inspiring way. Hanks gives a master class on how
    to portray an everyday man who suddenly becomes a national hero. Hanks
    portrays Sully as a subtle man, who is just trying to save the people
    on board his plane during the crash, while trying to save his job in
    the aftermath. Hanks makes it believable to the viewer that he is
    traumatized by what has just transpired and it gets you to feel for
    Sully, wanting to reach out and give him a hug. To put it in simple
    words Hanks provides a professional tribute to a man that was all about

    Hanks is wonderful as Capt. Sullenberger Hanks performance does also
    have a negative side. From the get go of the investigations, Sully is
    portrayed to be right at every opportunity with him attacking the NTSB,
    which he has every right to but, This comes back to the way in which
    the film is directed. The director of Sully is acclaimed director Clint
    Eastwood and he has shaped the story to make it feel like that the NTSB
    are the bad guys for thinking of dishonoring an American hero such as
    Capt. Sullenberger, where they were merely just trying to do there jobs
    and found out as much information as they could about the incident.
    They are portrayed at the beginning as attackers of Sullenberger,
    asking questions about drug consumption, how much sleep he had or
    whether there were any problems at home. I feel like this scene could
    have been done more subtly and not seem so attacking, therefore
    changing the viewers perception of the NTSB from attackers to just
    people inquiring about the incident and doing their jobs.

    Apart from this Eastwood has shaped an insightful movie, taking us into
    the deeper parts of the story and into the mind of Sullenberger. Hanks
    was in close contact with Capt. Sullenberger throughout filming,
    gaining insight from him and shaping the movie to be as truthful as
    possible, which is evident through Hanks acting and how Eastwood has
    structured the film. The plane crash feels realistic and like we are
    apart of them and it fits right into the narrative and allows for a
    continuous flow through the story. While the inquiry stages of the film
    don’t feel boring but naturally flow from action to talking seamlessly.
    The films narrative is based on Sullenberger’s autobiography ”Highest
    Duty”, which was co-written with Jeffrey Zaslow. The influences of the
    book are seen throughout the film as we are shown cutaway shots of
    planes crashing into New York and of a military jet landing, which
    enhance Hank’s and Eastwood’s portrayal of the traumatized Capt.
    Sullenberger post crash. While the insights from Sullenberger enable
    the crash screens to be replicated for our eyes on screen.

    Sully is wonderfully crafted and wonderfully delivered across the park.
    Apart from the slight attack on the NTSB it runs smoothly through its
    action sequences and is intense throughout. Sully is an insightful
    thriller that will have you leaving feeling better getting into a plane
    then other plane crash movies.

  • bobizam65September 15, 2016Reply

    Not your usual over-dramatised film, but brilliant in it’s own way

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  • HellmantSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    A well made crowd-pleaser, that’s for sure!

    ‘SULLY’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    A biopic based on the story of Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger; the pilots
    Captain who heroically landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson
    River (in January of 2009), and saved all 155 people on board. The
    movie stars Tom Hanks, as Captain Sully, and it costars Aaron Eckhart,
    Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Mike O’Malley and Jamey Sheridan. It was
    directed by Clint Eastwood, marking his 35th theatrical film as a
    director, and it was written by Todd Komarnicki. The script is based on
    the 2009 memoir ‘Highest Duty’ (written by Sullenberger and Jeffrey
    Zaslow). The movie’s received mostly positive reviews from critics, and
    it’s also a hit at the Box Office. I found it to be very intense, and

    On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 hit a flock of
    Canada geese (shortly after departing LaGuardia airport), which
    disabled both it’s engines. With no airports in safe landing distance,
    Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks), and First Officer Jeffery
    Skiles (Eckhart), were forced to land the plane on the Hudson River.
    All 155 passengers on board (miraculously) survived the emergency water
    landing. The media and public praised the pilots as heroes; but the
    National Transportation Safety Board was beginning an investigation
    which could discredit the men, and possibly destroy Sully’s career.

    I knew nothing about the investigation into pilot negligence, by the
    NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), so this movie was very
    interesting to me. I also enjoyed seeing the epic events of the
    ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, recreated for the big screen (they’re
    intense). The film is very inspiring, and involving. I love seeing a
    story where the little guy takes on the establishment too; in this
    instance it was definitely self defense, but it’s still incredibly
    moving! Eastwood is great at directing this type of movie, and I
    actually think it’s one of his better films. Hanks is also spectacular
    in the lead. It’s a well made crowd-pleaser, that’s for sure.

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  • Paul WycherleySeptember 15, 2016Reply

    the greatest story ever told

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  • Movie WatcherSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    With Reality Like This, Who Needs Fiction!

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  • jcarr350September 15, 2016Reply

    Finally a movie I enjoyed

    Its been a long time since I came out of the theatre thinking I got my
    money’s worth. Sully delivered with a good story about a pilot who had
    to defend himself against uncaring and unforgiving government agencies
    and insurance agencies. I like how the movie brought to light the
    trauma that the pilot was going through after surviving landing his
    plane on the Hudson. It was a well thought out work that is worth your
    time. Its been a long time since I came out of the theatre thinking I
    got my money’s worth. Sully delivered with a good story about a pilot
    who had to defend himself against uncaring and unforgiving government
    agencies and insurance agencies. I like how the movie brought to light
    the trauma that the pilot was going through after surviving landing his
    plane on the Hudson. It was a well thought out work that is worth your
    time. Please 5 lines is more than enough for a review unless you want
    me to tell the whole movie to people who are wondering if they should
    see it. Honestly!

  • thechoctopfilmblogSeptember 15, 2016Reply

    A powerful re-creation of a familiar story

    How do you make an intense and entertaining movie when you already know
    just how it is going to end? Trust Clint Eastwood to do just that.

    In fact, this is more than just an ordinary plane crash film. It
    intelligently explores the human elements of the story and the
    complexities of human emotions.

    We all know what happened. In January 2009, our hero pilot Chesley
    ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), along with co-pilot Jeff Skiles
    (Aaron Eckhart) made a miraculous emergency water-landing on the Hudson
    River, saving all passengers and crew on-board. This feat was
    unprecedented and Sully was hailed as a hero by people all around the

    The film avoids a one-dimensional characterization of Sully and instead
    portrays him as just a normal family guy trying to his job. It shows
    that experiencing such a trauma has its darker consequences, despite
    its seemingly happy ending.

    When it comes to characters battling tough situations and internal
    struggles, I can’t think of anyone else more fitting than Tom Hanks to
    play them. He doesn’t just play them, he transforms into them. He was
    tremendous as Sully, a man who exudes a raw, quiet resilience, and even
    without saying a word, you can sense and feel his pain and unrest. His
    performance is a perfect blend of Sully’s audacity and vulnerabilities.

    To create conflict and tension, the film needs a villain. In this one,
    it is the aviation authorities (NTSB). There is bound to be some
    disagreement there, but it does effectively provide the story with
    obstacles Sully needs to defeat.

    We are sympathetic towards Sully – Hanks is just naturally humble and
    amiable. We want him to win. He finally admits at the end of the film
    that he is proud of what he has done. And he should be.

  • sjspolSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    Oscar Worthy

    I would like to cast my vote for best picture, best director and best
    actor. Sully. While it includes the details of the actual event in
    great detail the story mainly focuses on what transpired after the
    incredible water landing on the Hudson. This is a little known part of
    the story that was not reported on by the mass media. It reveals the
    post event ordeals that Sully and his co-pilot were put through. Tom
    Hanks portrayal of Sully is nothing short of amazing. One of his best
    performances that I’ve seen in years. I also happen to think that his
    overlooked performance in ”Bridge of Spy’s” was nothing short of a
    travesty. The direction of Sully is suburb. Clint Eastwood blends the
    actual events, flashbacks into Sully’s earlier days and the aftermath
    into a seamless heroic tale. I highly recommend this movie. The world
    is short on hero’s these days. Sully is one heroic story.

  • E.W. GerdesSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    2016 Has Very Few Remarkable Films, But This Is One of Them

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  • RenCatReviewsSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    Structural issues abound.

    Clint Eastwood is back with yet another true story film. Unlike his
    last based on a true story flick, ‘American Sniper’, ‘Sully’ actually
    works pretty well. And it makes for a surprisingly gripping story at
    that. If you’re unaware, the story is about an airline pilot. The same
    one that landed an airbus in the Hudson river in 2009. Naturally, this
    is his story. But it’s told slightly differently than you’d expect. 60%
    of the film actually takes place after the incident and the other 40 is
    told through flashbacks that are triggered in some way. This was the
    aspect of the film that really suffered the most. There are so many
    flashbacks in this movie.

    There are so many that this otherwise engaging story starts to feel
    disjointed. There are one or two that feel genuine and work fairly
    well, but the majority are just crammed in where ever they could fit
    them. It felt a lot like ‘Suicide Squad’ in that, these flashbacks
    didn’t really serve much purpose. They almost felt like they had too
    much footage and decided to just stick it in somewhere.

    The worst offender happens about twenty minutes in. The film opens
    after the water landing, of which we don’t see. We see that Sully is
    being put on trial for endangering the lives of his passengers and
    crew. This plays out for about twenty minutes and is shockingly
    gripping I might add, and then it suddenly flashes to directly before
    the flight occurs. But it doesn’t just end there. No, we sit for about
    twenty more minutes as we watch the entire accident occur.

    This scene, and many other flashbacks like it, come out of nowhere and
    overstay their welcome. This one, in particular, does nothing for the
    film other than blatantly show you exactly what happened. And that
    isn’t really a bad thing, but when the first twenty minutes of your
    movie is board meetings, it feels out place to jump to this plane
    scene. We all know the story, and the film does a great job of showing
    it subtly.

    Yet, for some reason it stills shows the full event to you. It doesn’t
    help push the story forward, nor does it build character. And, to make
    things worse, this very scene is shown again later in the film. With
    this second time actually feeling like it belonged there. When you tell
    a story like this through flashbacks, they have to drive things
    forward. A good example of this is ‘Incendies’.

    But ‘Sully’ just pushes in random footage that rarely helps the film in
    any way. This effects the pacing drastically. Watching these engaging
    trail sequences to only flip to a flashback makes this movie more of a
    lame roller coaster ride. Where you’ll be exhilarated sometimes and
    just bored the rest of the time. It doesn’t help that the shooting
    style is rather bland. The visual style of the film is very mute and
    stationary. Which can work, but here it just looks boring.

    By now you are probably thinking that I hated this movie, but I didn’t.
    In fact, I thought it was decent. This mainly has to do with the
    non-flashbacks aspects of this movie. When the film plays out
    uninterrupted it works very well. It’s very restrained and subtle
    actually. The scenes that take place after the crash all felt like they
    served a purpose. Each one helped flesh out our main character or
    forward the plot with interesting new information that caused conflict.

    Conflict that actually felt like it had weight to it. Each new piece of
    info that Sully receives is almost always something bad. And each time
    you can see him sink a little more into himself. And watching this kind
    of hurts. You know that he’s a genuine guy and saved hundreds of lives,
    but there’s always consequences. So when you throw consequences in a
    film like this they actually carry weight.

    You don’t want to see him put on trial because he just saved hundreds
    of people. But that’s what happens, and it works very well. Of course,
    this couldn’t have been accomplished without Tom Hanks. Who is
    typically great. The entire cast is actually pretty great. They all
    take on their character in interesting ways even if their character
    translates to nothing more than a line on a paper.

    However, ‘Sully’ is ultimately a frustrating watch. That mainly has to
    do with the fact that this could have been great and just wasn’t.
    There’s an excellent movie in there and it’s ruined by jumbled
    storytelling. Excessive flashbacks grind the film to a halt nearly
    every time they surface and never really help the film move along. This
    along with a boring look and bizarrely abrupt scene changes really hurt
    an overall good movie. The cast, crew and investigation aspects of the
    film are definitely its saving graces. Without them, we’d be left with
    another True Story flick to throw by the wayside.

  • HitchcocSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    Somewhat Inaccurate but Captivating

    It’s not easy to present recent history in film. The rescue of 155
    souls in an airplane who were diverted to the Hudson River is still in
    our memories (I remember them standing on the wings). Tom Hanks does a
    cool, underplayed version of Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger, who will
    live in the annals of heroism for as long as we talk about heroes. I
    was wondering how one takes a two minute event and turns it into a
    bracing film. But they do. By including the events in the investigation
    of the landing, they are able to keep our attention. Sullenberger’s
    actions came under tight scrutiny because the airline ”lost a plane.”
    As it turns out, the lead investigator for the NTSB wasn’t played quite
    accurately. Of course, we are in need of a villain, and the geese that
    flew into the engines wouldn’t make good witnesses. I’m used to
    filmmakers playing a bit fast and loose with events, but let’s face it,
    everyday things don’t draw much attention. Hanks is good. The pacing is
    good. The recreation of the landing is quite apt. A good film.

  • dakjetsSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    Not perfect, but a good drama from director Eastwood

    Basically, I’m skeptical of such films. Filming of actual events, like
    Sully is about. The film is about Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who
    managed to land a plane in the Hudson River. But I gave it a shot. This
    is a low-key film, and the events are not made in chronological order.
    But this actually makes the film work better than expected. Clint
    Eastwood uses good actors like Tom Hanks, to tell the story from
    different angles. Tom Hanks manages to give Hero Sully depth and
    insight on several levels. Including how it is to suddenly come into
    focus for the whole world. I thought the film was a little unexciting
    the first half hour, but Eastwood manages to tell this story
    thoroughly. And the film picked up and I was engaged by it. Do not
    expect great action scenes, the film the film is actually a good drama
    about a man and his great accomplishment.

  • renniesimonSeptember 16, 2016Reply

    The documentary Hudson Splash Flight 1549 was more intense and realistic

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  • jon.h.ochiai ([email protected])September 16, 2016Reply

    ”Sully” does its best

    In ”Sully” the white haired and mustached Tom Hanks as Sully wearily
    tells his wife played by Laura Linney on the phone, ”… I did the best
    I could.” His wife knows he did. We do as well. On January 15, 2009
    Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger landed the crippled US Airways Flight 1549
    on the Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew.
    Director Clint Eastwood tells the hero’s story in ”Sully”, one of his
    best movies. Eastwood’s direction and Tom Hanks as Sully are stark and
    powerful in understatement. They honor all the heroes of the US Airways
    Flight. ”Sully” is lean, clean, and inspiring—much like Eastwood. The
    conflict in ”Sully” centers upon the investigation of whether Sully
    made the right choice. Hanks’s authenticity and humility evoke Sully’s
    strength and compassion. He reminds us that Sully did his best, and he
    got it right. ”Sully” is one of the best movies of the year.

    ”Sully” follows the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
    investigation into the airplane landing on the Hudson River. Todd
    Komarnicki’s screenplay based on the book by Chesley Sullenberger and
    Jeffrey Zaslow seamlessly intertwines flashbacks from the water
    landing, and the NTSB proceedings. Eastwood effortlessly orchestrates
    the narrative of the startling images of the landing and the irony of
    the investigation. The visual effects of the plane landing on the
    Hudson are spectacular. Cinematographer Tom Stern captures the impact
    on a very personal scale. Water flooding the cabin. Sully and crew
    racing into action getting the passengers to safety. We see the fear in
    everyone’s face, and the courage to get through.

    We are in awe. Eastwood and Komarnicki graciously acknowledge the
    community of heroes: from the ferry boat crew at the scene, the Coast
    Guard divers, to all the first responders and the police. And it starts
    with Sully. He has his anchors of support. Aaron Eckhart is loyal and
    solid as First Officer Jeff Skiles. He was his invaluable right hand
    during the unthinkable, and during the investigation.

    Just minutes into the flight, birds collide with the plane’s engines.
    Sully notices that they lost thrust in both engines, forcing them to
    choose an emergency landing. Eckhart is smart and subtle in his
    unwavering support of Hank’s Sully through it all. Laura Linney amazes
    as Sully’s wife Lorraine, his emotional rock. Sully has his doubts, and
    she is always there for him. Linney is relegated by the story to phone
    conversations with Sully. She beautifully accentuates that what Sully
    does sources from their profound relationship. That also goes for
    Eckhart. They all see the best in each other.

    At the story arc Hanks as Sully graciously acknowledges all the heroes
    involved. We are also present to that he is catalyst for heroes
    emerging. Everyone involved was grateful to Sully. Eastwood is succinct
    in the irony of it all. Sully did his best, and saved 155 people. The
    NTSB scrutinized whether there were other viable alternatives. What
    Sully did worked in an unprecedented crisis. Period.

    The music in ”Sully” both eloquently highlights and undercuts the range
    of emotions. Christian Jacob and the Tierney Sutton Band composed the
    score from Clint Eastwood’s musical theme. The music’s clarity and
    simplicity embody the movie’s quiet heroism.

    ”Sully” is beautiful simplicity and power. Eastwood and Hanks celebrate
    people selflessly doing their best to make a difference. One of the
    measures of a hero is that he or she acknowledges and inspires other
    heroes. ”Sully” does all that and more. It is one of the best movies of
    the year.

  • classicsoncallSeptember 17, 2016Reply

    ”Thank you Captain, thank you, thank you”.

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  • Ahmed AlmaqbaliSeptember 17, 2016Reply

    Great film by Eastwood !

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  • Kevin TanSeptember 17, 2016Reply

    ”I don’t feel like a hero. I’m just a man doing his job.”

    Suly opens with Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) having
    a PTSD-induced, 9/11- reminiscent vision of a plane crashing into a
    Manhattan skyscraper. This is the ”what-if” scenario that haunts the
    titular hero after successfully landing the engine-blown Flight 1549 on
    the chilly Hudson River, and miraculously saving all 155 souls onboard.
    As he snaps back into reality, we will soon learn that the ”untold
    story” lies on the aftermath of the averted tragedy. The National
    Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) starts to investigate and finds
    results that does not jibe with Sully’s estimation: the left engine is
    still operational and he could have landed the plane on the nearest
    airport instead of risking passengers’ lives with a forced
    water-landing. ”Over 40 years in the air, but in the end I’m going to
    be judged on 208 seconds,” Sully laments and sadly, he’s right. Has
    there been a lapse of judgment on his part? Or could this be NTSB’s
    attempt to use him as a scapegoat against the future lawsuits that will
    be filed? Director Clint Eastwood may put you into the mind of Sully,
    yet you won’t be able to conclude beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    Eastwood turns this feature film into an introspective character study
    narrated in a contemporary fashion. He feeds his viewers with
    seamlessly-integrated, piecemeal flashbacks that takes us to the events
    on that fateful afternoon. He does not take the route of presenting a
    straightforward inspirational tale but he’s more interested on a bigger
    issue here – man’s internal turmoil to redeem himself. As we witnessed
    in his previous works like American Sniper, this is where he shines
    best. Still, he remains simple as a filmmaker. The restrained execution
    of plane crash may not please fans of extravagant tent-pole films but
    the wave impact brought by the musical scoring and sound editing is
    impressively realistic and accurate.

    Hanks shines as well in this yet again perfectly-tailored role – a
    brave, diligent and sturdy ordinary American hero facing against
    insurmountable odds. It’s already a cliché thing to say that Tom Hanks
    is a brilliant actor but what I like about his performance is that it
    does not scream of: ”Look at me! I’m a great actor! Give me an Oscar!”
    He can be minimal in his acting – during an intense bird-engine
    collision scene, he stoically yells ”Birds.” and still, he sells a
    nuanced depth into the character. The same can be said to the
    underrated Aaron Eckhart as co-pilot Jeff Skiles, the funny guy who
    mocks the things that Sully is often too nice to say. He earns the
    film’s final laugh.

    Whereas Hanks has weathered rougher storms in his previous
    travel-disaster films like Apollo 13, Cast Away and Captain Phillips,
    Sully, however, offers less dramatic weight. We already know by now
    that everything will turn out fine in the flashbacks so the suspense
    gets to be partially ruled out. It can also be a bit underwhelming that
    the closest thing you’ll have here for antagonists are the suspicious
    bureaucrats (Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn, and Jamey Sheridan) armed with
    computer simulations that should put Sully’s career and pension at
    risk. The depiction of investigation somehow appears to be exaggerated
    for the sake of adding tension. The straw villains here will probably
    have more social relevance when they are viewed as Eastwood’s take on
    modern cynicism: that even the noblest of men can still be subjected to
    harsh scrutiny.

    Just when Sully is on the verge of becoming a saccharine adulation to
    its hero, Sully gives credit where credit is due, ”I don’t feel like a
    hero. I’m just a man doing his job.” He’s right. This is not only the
    story of a man saving 155 souls but this is the story of a whole
    community coming together in the midst of tragedy – his co-pilot, the
    passengers, the flight attendants, the radio operator, the ferry boat
    captain, the coast guards and even the bit- players, no matter how
    thinly-sketched as they may be. Eastwood may not succeed in offering
    much meat for those who are expecting of a shocking conspiracy, but the
    fact that he’s been able to effectively deliver the human element from
    a 208-second incident in such a short run- time is praise-worthy

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  • daniel-halloranSeptember 17, 2016Reply

    Good flick, one concern

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  • Alyssa Black (Aly200)September 17, 2016Reply

    Doing the Right Thing

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  • Matt GreeneSeptember 17, 2016Reply

    ”Because Grandparents Wanna Go To The Movies Too”

    Eastwood’s directorial efforts are undeniably skillful dramas full of
    human resilience. Sully is no different, and may be his best in years.
    For some, that may be great news; for me, that’s not saying much.
    Completely lacking in dramatic subtlety, Sully still somehow feels
    oddly distant and cold. On the other hand, its
    non-scifi-action-superhero-franchise thrills and intrigue are
    definitely a welcome reprieve after a long summer. Like an airline bag
    of peanuts, Sully’s far from a delicious meal, yet it certainly helps
    pass the time. It’s the harrowing true-story of a
    commercial-pilot-turned-national-hero successfully landing a plane on
    the Hudson River, saving everyone on board and potentially hundreds of
    NYC citizens. It’s a stoic movie about a stoic man who is thrust into
    excitement. Playing the titular ”Stoic”…uh, I mean ”Sully”…is Hanks,
    who has taken a step-down in intensity, complexity and effectiveness
    from his other real-life-hero-on-the-water role in Captain Phillips.
    Instead of studying the psychology of an every-man experiencing sudden
    stardom through immense trauma, it hits fairly predictable biopic beats
    with on-the-nose and corny dialogue and performances. Luckily, the
    centerpiece plane crash and subsequent rescue is pretty fantastic. The
    great mixture of high thrills and drama told with grounded realism
    gives it a surprisingly honest and non-glorified portrayal. It’s no
    accident this was released on 9/11, as that horrendous day played such
    an integral part in what made Sully such a beloved figure. People in NY
    buildings watching a plane fly low through their city, followed by the
    familiar humanity in the rescue boats, it’s hard not to be moved. Those
    beautiful moments propel an otherwise bland movie that your
    grandparents will surely love.

  • zardoz-13September 17, 2016Reply

    Another Clint Masterpiece!!!

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  • austin0731September 18, 2016Reply

    the miracle on the Hudson

    Sully is an emotional film with amazing performances. Tom Hanks as
    always was brilliant, this man could not fail to embody a role. I
    thought that it was very interesting that instead of reciting the
    events of the water landing we also got to see the aftermaths and
    outcomes of the event. This is one of Clint Eastwood’s shortest films
    and I think this sort of length is much better as the long run times
    sometimes really makes the film drag for quite a bit, so that is one
    good thing that came out of the film.

    One of my favourite parts of the movie was that we were not given one
    side to root for throughout the film, we got both sides of the argument
    and at times either sides to the argument seemed very plausible and
    made a lot of sense. This really got audiences thinking, ‘was it
    captain Sully making everyone at risk by performing a water landing?
    Could he really have made it back to the airport under the conditions?’
    It was very interesting to get to see and analyze for yourself instead
    of the film shoving it in your face.

    This film really captures the best qualities of people, how when facing
    a common threat people would band together and collaborate and support
    each other. All 155 passengers and crew were saved and have survived
    the landing, not only due to captain Sully’s landing and experiences
    but is really this joint effort of policeman, fireman and all the
    people who came together in the light of need. This could be a very
    powerful message and imagery that is very empowering and a very
    important part of the real life event that the film captures

  • Sanjay Kumar ([email protected])September 18, 2016Reply

    A winner movie and very hopeful

    Tom Hanks has some kind of magic that we see in all his movies. The
    definition of the word HERO can be extracted after seeing this movie.
    This is now one of his masterpiece.

    Tom Hank has played his role almost without emotion but because of his
    interpersonal skills (the real Sully) this works out almost perfectly.

    Movies of this kind that are based on real life events have a grip on
    our mind which makes us watch the movie till the last minute and
    creates an impression on everyone who sees it.

    But the censor board giving an A rating which is a little strange
    thing. Otherwise a great thriller to watch with the whole family and
    never getting board. Tom Hanks does it again or i should say, Captain
    Philips does it again! Rocking!

    I have now started finding better movies through .
    It not only suggests great movies to watch, it also tells where you can
    watch the movie online.. Highly recommended.

  • ([email protected])September 18, 2016Reply

    Quiet Man Caught in a Loud Story

    ”Sully” is a very fine if not quite great film ”for grownups” about
    Capt. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who, on Jan. 15, 2009,
    attempted an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River after the US
    Airways Flight 1549 he was commanding struck a flock of geese.

    Miraculously _ too miraculously, some FAA investigators believe _ all
    of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and
    Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the

    However, despite the accolades, and away from the adoring public, the
    pilot faces a wrenching investigation that threatens to destroy his
    career and reputation.

    Director Clint Eastwood demands, and gets, natural, realistic
    performances from his actors, top to bottom, in a film shot in an
    almost-throwback semi-documentary fashion.

    In his typical understated, signature master-storytelling style,
    Eastwood successfully explores a sobering backstory about the rigors
    and costs of sudden-found fame, with a subtle indictment of the media
    and its rush-to-judgment approach that too often becomes a catalyst of
    the story it’s covering.

    One of Hanks’ best, and Aaron Eckhart, in a welcome relief from
    menacing villains he plays so well, is excellent as his supportive
    co-pilot. Laura Linney is her usual superb self as Sully’s wife, who
    tries to manage the ups and downs of the family crisis on the home
    front while her husband is away.

    Enlightening and entertaining, with no dead spots. Well worth your

  • aharmasSeptember 18, 2016Reply

    Demonstrating Integrity

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  • ron-320-820376September 19, 2016Reply

    Great Movie but Unrealisitc Portrayal of NTSB

    As a pilot for 40 years I really enjoyed Sully as I’m sure most pilots
    did also. Since the actual flight was so short it would have been nice
    to have seen an uninterrupted view of the flight from take-off to the
    water landing from the cockpit perspective. Instead we got a lot of
    short edits jumping back and forth from the cockpit, to the cabin and
    then outside.

    That’s a small complaint though. A larger one is how poorly the NTSB
    was treated as arrogant and oblivious to the human factors involved in
    an unprecedented emergency involving dual engine failure at 2,800 feet.
    I understand every drama needs an antagonist and maybe only the NTSB
    could have played that role in Sully. Just understand that’s show
    business. Pilots might have the occasional complaint with the FAA, say,
    during a ramp inspection, but the NTSB is pretty much universally
    respected as one of the most capable and thorough agencies within the
    federal government. The incredible safety record of American air travel
    is largely attributable to the NTSB and the FAA.

    Google ”ntsb final report USAir 1549” to read the final NTSB report on
    the flight. Judge for yourself. This wasn’t written by a bunch of
    arrogant bureaucrats.

    One other thought. If you liked the pilot heroics in Sully, watch ”The
    High and the Mighty” filmed in 1954. Great music, visuals and John
    Wayne showing how iron-jawed pilots handle emergencies.

  • calvinnmeSeptember 19, 2016Reply

    Terrifically detailed work directed by a living legend, and starring one too!

    This is based on a true incident from a few years ago, where a veteran
    pilot actually was able to land his plane in the Hudson river in NYC
    and with all on board surviving. It is a terrifically detailed but slow
    moving work by 86 year old living legend Clint Eastwood starring the
    Jimmy Stewart/everyman of our era, in two time – should have been three
    time -Oscar winner Tom Hanks as the quietly unheroic hero pilot. (You
    were robbed of the statuette in 2000 for ”Cast Away”, Tom. Who else
    could play opposite a volleyball for two hours and make it work?).

    I’m reminded of Eastwood’s 2003 Academy Award winning ”Mystic River” in
    that he deliberately takes his time in adapting the book, as he does
    here as well. The script is a little odd, shifting back and forth
    between the events of the day itself and the hearing to decide whether
    the pilot and co-pilot were at fault for not heading to one of the
    nearby airports. This leads to a little awkwardness during the first
    third of the film, but then works out just fine. We see the big event
    twice – The epic landing of the jet is more than worth seeing in and of

    Aaron Eckhart, for once, gets to play a good guy, the co-pilot. How
    nice to see Delphi Harrington, a much underused actress, as the
    passenger in the wheelchair. She was marvelous as an intelligent,
    sophisticated woman in the long-gone soap opera Where the Heart Is and
    was also believable as a trashy Southern murderess on Guiding Light and
    as a trashy Southern prostitute on All My Children. Here she plays a
    somewhat stereotypical New York Jewish mother. As a daughter she gets
    Valerie Mehaffey of Desperate Housewives.

    Sully shows something rarely seen in movies these days, the simple
    heroism of ordinary people, like the ferry boat crew members who rescue
    the passengers from the plane.

    Be sure to stay for the credits, where you will see a reunion of many
    of the actual passengers and crew from the flight. And as Columbo would
    say, just one more thing – The last line of the movie is a hoot and got
    a big laugh! Highly recommended.

  • aland-14049September 19, 2016Reply

    Well made movie

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  • oOoBarracudaSeptember 19, 2016Reply


    Since around the year 2000, I’ve adopted a rule to see any film Clint
    Eastwood has been involved with, and largely that is a rule that has
    proved fruitful. Sully, the 2016 film directed by Eastwood, was another
    shining example of the mastery of Eastwood behind the lens. Starring
    Tom Hanks in the titular role, along with Aaron Eckhart as the co-
    pilot no one knows, Sully tells the story of the miraculous landing of
    a US Airways flight on the Hudson River in 2009. Audiences everywhere
    remember that fateful day, and can recall being captivated by the
    newsreel footage that overtook American TV screens; what we didn’t
    know, however, was the tumult Captain Sullenberger endured with the
    National Transportation Safety Board. Exposing this untold aspect of
    the story, and delving deeper into the psyche of the veteran pilot
    after his difficult landing, makes Sully a film not to be missed.

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009, is a day that started off like any other
    workday for Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Sully) (Tom Hanks) the
    42-year veteran pilot. After settling into the cockpit for another
    flight, Sully performs all of his pre-flight checklist with first
    officer, Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart). When all systems are go, Sully
    and the crew take off with 155 total people on board the plane. Moments
    after takeoff, a flight of Canadian geese fly straight towards the
    plane disabling both engines. As everything begins to fail, Sully makes
    the decision to reroute back to LaGuardia where the plane departed
    from. When the plane loses thrust and altitude at an alarming rate,
    Sully decides they will not be able to make it back to the airport, and
    is now faced with how to execute an emergency landing and save as many
    people on board as he possibly can. The only option that seems
    available to Sully is to attempt a landing on the Hudson River. An
    unprecedented water landing is, by no means, an easy undertaking,
    especially on a frigid 20-degree day. Sully did the unthinkable, not
    only successfully landing the aircraft, but doing so with no loss of
    life. Remaining on board until the last possible moment, making sure
    all passengers were off the plane, then taking the flight manifest with
    him to be able to account for all the passengers, Sully acted as a true
    captain to every soul who happened to board U.S. Airways flight 1549.
    That’s the part of the story the audience knows, what we didn’t know
    was the tumult Sullenberger went through with the National
    Transportation Safety Board, who was dealing with the insurance fallout
    following such an emergency landing. The ensuing investigation
    threatened to ruin Sullenberger’s career and his burgeoning aviation
    safety consulting business. The investigation threatened Sully’s
    lifework, and pension, all while being touted as a national hero.
    Sullenberger fought for his livelihood while dealing with the
    debilitating fallout of the traumatic experience he endured. It is easy
    to think about the passengers onboard the flight and the harrowing
    experience they went through, but it is easy to forget that Captain
    Sullenberger went through the same traumatic experience, with the added
    stress of being responsible for every life on board, as well. An
    amazing insight to the man who captivated a nation, Sully is sure to
    gain some Oscar buzz, and one not to be missed.

    Clint Eastwood attempts the incredibly difficult task of taking a story
    that everyone knows and telling it in a captivating way. Eastwood
    definitely achieves this feat, as the audience is on the edge of their
    seat, even though they already know the outcome of the story. Eastwood,
    choosing to inject the following NTSB investigation into Captain
    Sullenberger’s actions was a stroke of brilliance, allowing the
    audience to become engrossed and possibly enraged with another aspect
    of his heroic story, that we may not otherwise have known. I am no fan
    of Tom Hanks, I actually prefer to only watch him in a movie if I can
    forget that he is the actor I am watching on screen; that being said,
    Tom Hanks was perfect for the role of Captain Sullenberger. He embodies
    the extremely focused, almost militant Sullenberger in a fantastic way.
    Aaron Eckhart was also a brilliant selection for the strong supporting
    role of the first officer who was a necessity to Sullenberger’s
    unprecedented landing. Sound acting choices and the brilliance of Clint
    Eastwood behind the camera create a wonderful story of one man’s heroic
    feat that gave New York some much needed plane-related good news.

  • hegedus_dani02September 19, 2016Reply

    Not the typical Clint Eastwood drama, but still pretty good

    This film is unlike any other, that Clint Eastwood, the 86 years old
    legendary director and actor created so far, due to it’s style and it’s
    length. The full length of Sully (including the rolling cast) is only
    96 minutes, making this feature the shortest film Eastwood ever
    directed. This is mainly because that the movie was shot entirely with
    IMAX 65 cameras, which makes a lot of extra work in post-production,
    such as in color grading and removing the background noise. Although
    it’s relatively short screen time, the movie is still slow paced
    compared to other airplane dramas, for example Robert Zemeckis’ Flight

    The acting is superb. Tom Hanks is excellent as usually, bringing
    nearly the same level as in Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips or in Ron
    Howard’s Apollo 13. I only seen Aaron Eckhart one time acting better
    than his role in Sully, and that’s his awesome performance as Harvey
    Dent’s complex character in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

    The direction is amazing, as we except from an Eastwood movie. In this
    film, he focused more on the visuals than in the actors and emotions,
    which he usually do. Although I prefer his more human-oriented dramas,
    it was interesting to see him directing a feature like this.

    This movie is a must see for those, who like Clint Eastwood, and for
    those, who love slow-paced dramas. Overall, I think this film is not as
    good as Flight (I think Flight is the only movie I can compare with
    Sully from the 2010s), but Sully is definitely a must see.


  • mikechoSeptember 19, 2016Reply

    A must see show of a real modern hero!

    Everyone knows the outcome. The challenge for the show is to keep the
    audience’s attention due to a story of an event which occurred in
    minutes. Well, they met and exceeded the challenge. The show captured
    my attention through the entire length. The did an excellent job of
    breaking apart the scenes in a sequence that flowed together well. I
    recommending seeing this show. Make sure you see it in the new XD
    sound. It is about time they make a movie about a real living hero,
    such as CPT Sully!

    Your review does not contain enough lines – the minimum length for
    reviews is 10 lines of text. This is stupid. Why do I have to have 10

  • daveygandthekeyboardSeptember 19, 2016Reply

    OK Movie about an Extraordinary event.

    For 208 seconds, Sully is saving the lives of all 155 souls aboard Us
    Airway Flight 1549 when he undertakes an emergency water landing in the
    Hudson River in January of 2009. He emerges a hero at a time when the
    U.S economy was in the crapper due largely to the actions of many
    greedy short-sighted men making horrible decisions with your money, and
    heroes were at a premium.

    The question is: how does this translate to a feature length movie?
    This can’t stretch out two hours. You need drama, you need conflict, so
    how is this done?

    The conflict at the heart of the movie is one that pits humanity versus
    the computer. Or human error versus those that second guess. Or those
    that do are criticized by those who don’t. For according to computer
    simulations, done in non-life or death situations, Sully could have
    managed to land the plane on a runway, at an airport, and not have it
    become a total loss in the Hudson River. And it is because of this that
    the authorities investigating the crash (just doing their jobs) try to
    sully the heroic act of Sully (sorry, bad pun.).

    We know how it ends, we know where it’s going, and for what it’s worth,
    Captain Chesley Sullenberger is without a doubt a hero of the highest
    degree. The inspiration that his cool-headedness under enormous
    pressure provided Americans is incalculable. I just wish the film had
    been able to communicate that a little better. I wanted there to be a
    resounding victory, a moment where you could cheer for the good guys.
    Unfortunately, the closest we came to this was the moment where Sully
    (played well by Tom Hanks, not my favorite actor but what can you do?)
    after proving his point about human speed and reaction time, says ”DO
    you need any more tests?”

    I miss the days when Tom Hanks was not such a serious actor. But the
    fact that he plays the part without the audience overly thinking about
    the fact that this is TOM HANKS is a tribute to his talent. Eckhart
    does a great job as his co-pilot and Laura Linney is always great,
    though it would be better if she had more to do than talk to Sully on
    the phone.

    Overall, in terms of airplane related movies, I’d put ”Sully” somewhere
    near ”Flight” but not as good as ”Flight 93.” Or even ”Airplane!” But
    it’s still good.

  • devapramithaSeptember 19, 2016Reply

    I’m drowning into the story

    I was just realise that Sully is Eastwood’s film, and that’s no doubt,
    Eastwood has done an extraordinary job. Watching it I was thinking what
    if that situation occurs on me while I’m flying? I can’t imagine that I
    would be so panic. But I can see, Capt. Sully is an extraordinary
    captain, who is very determined and responsible for the lives of
    passengers. To be the last man standing, reassure that no one left
    behind. Tom Hanks portrait Sully so brilliantly, and so did Eckhart.
    The way when they’re on NTSB hearing was so calm and when Sully told
    the audience about human being factor is so touching. I never knew that
    there’s such a heroic action on 2009, until this film is released. This
    is a must see film.

  • ritujjain1September 20, 2016Reply

    Great Dramatic Movie!

    Sully is a lovely biographical drama movie. They show the story of
    Captain Chelsey Sully Sullenberger and first officer Jeffery Skiles
    save 155 passengers by landing the plane in the Hudson River.

    Clint Eastwood has projected the accident brilliantly. The
    technicalities are portrayed with perfection. Tom hanks plays Sully, he
    is one of the finest actors of all time. Aaron Eckhart brings a bit
    lightheartedness in the movie!

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  • Danny BlankenshipSeptember 20, 2016Reply

    A biography drama of courage and standing up strong and landing people the right way!

    Director Clint Eastwood the legend is still going strong and making
    film and again he does it with this one as this biography type picture
    of plane landing captain ”Sully” Sullenberger lands with courage and
    drama proving that anyone can be a hero and make a decision. Tom
    Hanks(who’s still one fine actor)stars as Chesley Sullenberger an
    airline captain who becomes a national hero who quarterbacked the
    landing of a going down plane on the water of the Hudson river which
    saved all 155 crew members. Clearly this was with great skill and
    determination that this happened and the film shows these scenes with
    great drama and skill. However the other half of the picture is about
    the media attention and questions of what and what not about Sully
    still despite the drama and doubt this is one hero named Sully that
    after the landing stood up and became a national hero, and this film
    clearly and quickly displays that message.

  • José MalletSeptember 20, 2016Reply

    Not good

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  • Akash ParmarSeptember 20, 2016Reply

    Sully is an absolute triumph.

    If you are planning to go to the movies and enjoy yourself, this is one
    outstanding movie. Because of the serious nature much of the glamour
    was greatly reduced. Hank played his role nearly without emotion but
    because of his interpersonal skills (the real Sully) this works out
    perfectly. The delight and the expiration of how something comparable
    to this could take place was actually outstanding.Sully is an absolute

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  • Lavanya VJSeptember 20, 2016Reply

    One of the Best..!!

    Sully tells the story of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger who have to do
    emergency landing on the hudson river saving many lives on the plane
    and the consequences faced by him later.The movie is totally based on
    humanity.It is solid and economical.The tension ebs and flows as the
    story shifts in moment of time.The illusions of his childhood when he
    learnt flying a plane are shown in a really interesting way which
    increases intimacy.Eastwood film making is very detailed with no fuss!!
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  • DarkVulcan29 ([email protected])September 20, 2016Reply

    Almost nothing is impossible

    in 2009 pilot Chesley Sullenberger(Tom Hanks) saved 155 passengers, by
    landing a damaged airplane in the Hudson River, so it would not crash.
    While the media is making Sully out to be a hero, but an investigation
    is done on Sully, on whether he made the right decision, now Sully
    feels if being called a hero comes to a big ?.

    Clint Eastwood’s direction is brilliant has we the audience really get
    into Sully’s head, and also we also feel like we are there during the
    plane crash scene. Plays it like we are there and it’s happening for
    the first time. Tom Hanks really gives a great Oscar worthy performance
    as Sully. You’ll forget he is just an actor, and believe he is Sully
    for real. Aaron Eckhardt is also good too. A truly great film, that I
    hope will not be missed by the Oscars.

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  • batbhaiSeptember 21, 2016Reply

    Thought provoking film – See it only in IMAX with Laser!

    A gripping movie based on real life events and is definitely worth a
    watch – go ahead and watch this movie without any hesitation. This was
    the 1st time that a FULL movie was shot using the Brand New Arri Alexa
    IMAX 65mm cameras, which only a few directors can or are licensed to
    use by IMAX! This resulted in Crystal clear images, projected by Dual
    Projectors on the Giant 42 feet high, 65 feet wide screen of IMAX,
    along with the powerful 12000 Watts IMAX proprietary sound system that
    will make your hairs stand!

    Hats off to Hanks and Eastwood for mesmerizing story telling of reality
    based incident with very ease. Use of flashbacks was brilliant concept
    for an engaging audience till the climax. Great performance from
    Eckhart and Linney, too. Simulation thing added some entertainment in
    the second half. Hanks trusts his inner soul rather than the machine.

    Eastwood’s last directorial effort American Sniper carried too many
    scripts – stringed with too many sentiments, but with Sully he has
    redeemed himself.

  • leosmith-11166September 22, 2016Reply

    Clint Eastwood delivers a mediocre film

    Clint Eastwood’s ”Sully ”, a film about Chesley Sullenberger’s legal
    and personal battles after the ”Miracle on the Hudson”, is a film that
    satisfies the audience by utilising strong performances and converting
    an intriguing story onto the silver screen. But the film ultimately
    falls short of great, and it finishes leaving a mediocre taste in the
    viewer’s mouth.

    One of the strengths in ”Sully” is its humanistic values and traits
    that are portrayed within the character of Chesley Sullenberger.
    ”Sully” successfully attempts to paint the picture of Chesley as a
    hero, who acted in the best interests of humanity, rather than the
    interests of money(being the plane). A combination of his heroic morale
    and human flaws combine an interesting and deep character, and
    furthermore allows the audience to connect to the story. But that’s as
    far as Eastwood allows the audience to connect.

    While the performances are strong and the message is dominant, the film
    fails largely to take any risks, with either the depiction of the
    story, or the story itself. The cinematography, lighting and
    composition is largely dull to look at, besides the few scenes where
    Sully is having nightmares. The visual aspect of the film lacks
    heavily, and the whole visual side of the film feels like it’s just
    there to support the dialogue, which, at moments, feels lazy and
    cliché. The story at times feels insufficient to be made into a film,
    which doesn’t give true justice to the story itself.The depiction of
    Chesley Sullenberger, however, give justice to the man, and provides
    the backbone to the films quality.

    ”Sully” is definitely worth a watch, but having high expectations of
    the film will leave you flat. If you liked any of Eastwood’s recent
    work, such as ”Invictus” or ”American Sniper”, then this film should
    appeal to you.

  • nellaisundeepSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    Sully – A must watch for our generation & should be preserved for the future generation !!!

    #Sully Movie Review By Myself – Best of the Best !!!

    #Titanic is for the Old School while #Sully for the new school !!!

    Nose cut when #CaptainSully replies to NTSB interrogation stating
    ”Engineer’s are not Pilot’s” !!!

    Another notable line – A delay is better than a disaster !!!

    & One more ”Brace for Impact” !!!

    Mad morons sitting and questioning him stating Left #Engine was idle
    and working, as per simulator reports, Captain should have landed the
    plane @ #LaGuardiaAirport or #Teterboro Airport,

    When #FirstOfficer #JeffSkiles replies them this is not a video game to
    land as you can, It’s a matter of #Life & #Death, and asked to add 35
    seconds to think, only then we all knew it was bullsh*t prediction &
    both the simulator crashed !!!

    Even after the crew were calling the captain when everyone were
    evacuated, #Captain going till the last row to make sure none is left,
    taught us what truly it means to be a Captain, & Captain murmuring the
    number 155 !!!

    #155 Still People can’t believe the #MiracleOfHudson !!!

    #CaptainSullenberger We #Love you, #FutureGeneration is indebted to
    you, I wish all the men & women who are flying either as Pilot’s or
    Passenger’s should watch #Sully Movie !!!

    It was a nailbiting show pushed to the edge of the seat, This is the
    only movie where surprisingly not even a single patron got up from
    their seat until THE END !

    #Sully movie – A Must Watch for our generation & should be preserved
    for the future generation !

    ”It’s your Captain speaking” & Applause – Truly Unbelievable !!!

    #Tears, #Love, #Hugs #Lessonforthelifetime

  • Gordon-11September 22, 2016Reply

    Clint Eastwood does it again

    This film tells the story of how Captain Sully and his first officer
    landed a plane on the Hudson River in a cold winter day a few years
    ago, and the subsequent the aftermath of that attempts to fault his
    heroic effort.

    ”Sully” wastes no time at all, and cuts right to the chase from the
    first second of the film. The slightly non-chronological order does not
    affect the story, as most people would have already heard what happened
    on the news. I find the story very engaging, and I really feel for
    Captain Sully. He acts honourably and makes critical decisions
    decisively, saving all people on board the aircraft. Yet, the
    subsequent investigation is so unfair, without any consideration of his
    past accomplishments and without respect. The undue pressure from the
    unnecessary fault finding exercise simply puts professionals off their
    work. I can relate to his predicament, that he has to fight for justice
    and his honour just because something goes wrong beyond his control. If
    professionals are discouraged from working and serving the society, our
    societies will simply not function.

    ”Sully” brought tears to my eyes. Clint Eastwood makes yet another film
    that moves me to tears.

  • nathanmetroSeptember 22, 2016Reply

    SULLY-right captain in the right place at the worst time.

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  • DKosty123September 24, 2016Reply

    Brace For Realism and Drama

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  • oscar-35September 24, 2016Reply

    a slight disappointment.

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  • spqr-32004September 24, 2016Reply

    If you fly, do not miss this film

    Do go and see the film ”Sully”, when next you fly, you will think of
    this film. Tom Hanks did a great job in the role of Sully. We take for
    granted those who crew and fly our passenger planes. Seeing this film,
    you feel you are one of the passengers. When your flight lands and it
    takes so long to get off the aircraft, think of this film and if it
    ever happens to you, remember were the emergency exits are and do read
    the safety brochures on the back of the seat in front of you. As well
    the life vest is usually under your seat, but do not inflate it till
    you are out of the cabin, else it may catch and lose its air or it may
    hang you up from exiting the plane. Some people who see this film may
    never want to fly again. Trust your crew to look out for you.

  • Nicole CSeptember 25, 2016Reply

    Slightly suspenseful

    The trailer does a good job at adding suspense to the film, and while
    it is exciting at times, the film overall has a feel of an educational
    video. Because it centers around a specific event, the film
    concentrates on showing us the before, during, and after scenes of that
    pivotal decision. Sully is a good watch, however, you might come out
    not thinking you watched a movie.

    Hanks and Eckhart do great together. Both totally embody their
    characters, so much so, that I did not even recognize them. More
    specifically Eckhart, because Hanks is recognizable anywhere. The
    emotions, especially that of intense thought from Hanks, is well done.
    Not only does Hanks portray his character’s emotions well, but the
    film- making overall, does an incredible job at magnifying those

    Eastwood has done well in directing this film. In most cases,
    frequently jumping between the past, the event, and the present, can be
    confusing. However, it worked well for this movie. By not giving us all
    the details of one timeline at once, it adds more suspense to the
    movie. Also, the crafting of certain words and scenes makes the
    audience think in different directions. So, while the story is based on
    a true story, and seems to be quite accurate, it is rather thrilling
    the way in which it insinuates different outcomes.

    Overall, a well made film that was educational as well as a little
    thrilling. On the down side, I watched this in AVX (my first time), and
    was quite disappointed. It was not worth the extra money.

  • Lloyd BayerSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Sully is one of the Years’ best from a legendary director at his no-nonsense best.

    Many people think of Clint Eastwood as a legend. Myself included. At an
    age when most Hollywood personalities are turning senile, Eastwood is
    still churning out auteur stuff. At its heart, Sully is a modest
    celebration of an All American hero, much like Eastwood’s previous film
    American Sniper. Modest and celebration go hand-in-hand, like an
    oxymoron, because in reality, the message in this film is much larger
    than it appears on screen.

    Consider the fact that Captain Sullenberger (again, Hanks at his
    brilliant yet modest best) had decades of experience as a pilot before
    the incident. Not a blemish in his career having flown over a million
    passengers safely in 42 years as a commercial pilot. That’s an
    extraordinary feat for anyone in the aviation industry. But all that
    was almost instantly tarnished when bigwigs from the NTSB took over the
    investigation. They wanted to blame someone. Somehow his years of
    devotion to the job didn’t matter. In their books Sullenberger didn’t
    follow procedure. Herein lies the crux of the film based on the real
    incident that occurred on 15 Jan 2009 – instinct versus experience
    versus procedure. Could Sullenberger have saved the lives of all 155
    souls on board that day had he followed procedure? The answer to that
    question is almost terrifying, not only in the film, but also to anyone
    confined to the nitty-gritties of hardcore airport and flight ops. And
    that’s probably why the incident has been dubbed the ‘Miracle on the

    There’s a lot of liberty compressing months of investigation into a
    short 95 minutes of screen time. But that also means there’s not a
    single minute wasted in telling this remarkable story. Apart from a
    couple of stock scenes showing panic stricken passengers, Sully is as
    remarkable as the story it depicts. This is not only Eastwood at his
    no-nonsense best, it’s a steadfast salute to professionalism, both on
    screen and in reality. It’s a director’s film through and through so I
    won’t be surprised if Sully gets a nod for a Best Picture nomination at
    the Oscars. And then some.

  • SnorreplopSeptember 26, 2016Reply

    Another solid movie from Eastwood

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  • juliewriterSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    Fascinating aviation history ”story behind the story”

    This is an extraordinary aviation history movie where the outcome is a
    mystery even while the viewers understand the emotional impact of the
    Flight 1549 ”Miracle on the Hudson”. Again, Tom Hanks gives as
    exceptional a performance as the expert aviator Captain Chesley
    Sullenberger as he did when he portrayed the hero in ”Captain
    Phillips”. A wonderful supporting role performance, perhaps co-star is
    a better description, was given by Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot
    Jeff Skiles. Excellent heroics in ”Sully” were directed by Clint
    Eastwood and it is probably his best movie; Oscar nominations all
    around will be well deserved. This is a timeless movie to be enjoyed
    for generations because the characters are real people who are bonded
    by a heroic man, husband, father, positive role model and dedicated
    aviator. Highly recommended as a movie worth an encore viewing.

  • dustylizardSeptember 27, 2016Reply

    Wonderful movie

    I used to love blow ’em up kinds of movies with lots of action. But
    I’ve settled down some. Now I more enjoy a movie with lots of heart.

    This movie was wonderfully heart-warming. I thought the flashback
    scenes were well-done and did not take away from the movie. I enjoyed
    getting little glimpses into the characters.

    I got tears in my eyes in a few scenes and was thoroughly engrossed the
    entire time. I highly recommend this movie.

    For an hour and a half long movie, the pacing was perfect. A bit of
    action, a bit of talk, some more action, some flashbacks to get a feel
    for the character. The movie didn’t drag; there was always something
    new to keep the story going.

  • RforFilmSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    The story of the ”Miracle on the Hudson” is interestingly recreated with grace in Sully

    People often forget that when their riding an airplane (specifically, a
    commercial airliner), their sitting on top of a major carrier of fuel
    that it were to crash, would likely explode. This shouldn’t discourage
    people from flying as such a profession requires finding everything
    that could go wrong and making sure nothing can happen. Aside from
    terrorists that have tragically used them as weapons, most plane
    crashes tend to be mechanical. Engineers before the takeoff can find
    most of these glitches. In the case of something going wrong in the
    air, most planes can simply head back to their original airport and try
    to land at a nearby one.

    If all of the above is available, then the people on the plane better
    hope that the pilot can find a place to land. Though these things
    rarely happen, most of these forced landings or crashes tend to end
    badly. Though there is the occasional miracle.

    In 2009, a US Airways plane was forced to make a water landing when
    their engine was struck by birds. Not only did the plane land alright,
    but Captain Chesley Sullenberger managed to save everyone on board. The
    story of that crash and the aftermath are the subject of Sully.

    As history is recreated, we see Captain Chesley Sullenberger (played by
    Tom Hanks) and his first Officer Jeffrey Skiles (played by Aaron
    Eckhart) getting ready to depart from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte,
    North Carolina. For Sully, this is just another routine flight in his
    thirty years of flying experience. He’s discussed retirement soon so
    that he can spend more time with his wife Lorraine (played by Laura
    Linney) and his two daughters. Just as his flight is ascending, both
    engines are struck by a flock of birds, rendering them broken with the
    plane unable to restart them.

    He makes the decision to water land after deciding that trying to get
    back to LaGuardia or another airport was not doable. Though the crew
    and passengers are frightened, Sully manages to get them all out
    safely. Sully is seen as a hero by the press and get’s several bookings
    to talk about it from Katie Couric to David Lettermen. Though suffering
    post traumatic stress and experiencing nightmares, he seems to be
    pulling through. The National Transportation Safety Board is
    investigating whether Sully had made the right call and even holds a
    large meeting to determine whether his decision was correct or he
    should give up his wings (doing so would prevent retirement pension).

    Sully sounds straightforward and it pretty much is the kind of
    reenactment one would expect. Given the Hollywood budget, they manage
    give us a pretty good sequence of the plane landing in the water and
    the rescue of the people. Though a good part of the movie is about that
    crash, the real focus of the story is surrounding Sully’s aftermath and
    the investigation he was under. With the ”Miracle on the Hudson” story
    surrounding the press, I had no idea that Sully was questioned about
    his actions.

    Director Clint Eastwood brings the same dark style that he brought to
    Gran Torino and Jersey Boys and I think he finally understands that too
    much of it makes the experience unpleasant. The story is short at only
    an hour and a half, but it’s the right length. Though it’s story is
    good, the editing is very odd. There are several moments where it
    chooses to sporadically cut to Sully’s youth or of the crash. Some are
    short, but some are very long, which makes you question just what the
    intention of the flow was. I think this would have been better had it
    been shown straightforward without the time jumps.

    I’ll give this seven airline captains hats out of ten. In the end, I
    was glad that I saw this miracle on the Hudson story to life. While not
    necessarily a strong commentary about the airline industry nor a dive
    into captain psyche, Sully is an engaging story about one man’s
    decision. Plus with Tom Hanks, you know you’re gonna get a good
    performance. I’d say check it out if you heard about the story and
    wanted to know more. Board on and hope for the best.

  • Amy AdlerSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    Excellent, harrowing film about a true American hero

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    Sully Review

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  • ShelbyTMItchellSeptember 28, 2016Reply

    Great Director and Actor

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  • goolizapSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    Twizard Rating: 98

    I was initially wondering how they would make a 30 minute event into a
    full-length feature. But then I remember, this is Hollywood–they can
    do whatever they want.

    Sully is based on the true story of 2009’s ”Miracle on the Hudson”
    where Captain Chesley Sullenberger had to safely land a plane after a
    flock of geese flew into both engines, causing them to fail.

    The event was traumatic enough, but this film mostly details the
    airline investigation following the incident. Director Clint Eastwood
    wisely circles the narrative around, sprinkling the action amidst the
    drama, keeping the pacing up and saving us from having to experience a
    long, uninterrupted National Transportation Safety Board hearing.

    Throughout the film, Sullenberger is seen interacting with his wife,
    played by Laura Linney, on the phone. It’s an interesting choice not to
    have them face to face in person. I’ve struggled to find a good reason
    why. Perhaps keeping them apart is to emphasize the film’s ”delay is
    better than disaster” theme. Or maybe it’s to distance Sully from his
    family and show how he just longs to be home, creating irony around how
    he was nearly never to be home again. Or it might just be an
    interesting quirk that Eastwood decided to include. Whatever it is,
    it’s unique and adds to the film’s appeal.

    Perhaps the only thing that’s distracting, though, is Linney’s acting.
    It might seem like it’s good on the surface. She shows a lot of
    emotion, yet is strong when she needs to be, but her delivery is just
    so off much of the time. It’s not believable. It feels like she knows
    she’s acting and is trying her best to sell it. Maybe it’s because she
    was acting into a phone the whole time.

    But that’s a minor setback. The film is uplifting, just like the 2009
    event itself. It gives us a glimpse inside the mind of an American
    hero. A normal, everyman who lifted our country’s spirits during a time
    when we really needed it. The film doesn’t ruffle any feathers. Nor
    does it ever really make you ever second-guess our protagonist–which
    is for the best, I think, in this situation. But it takes what it has
    and does its very best turning the material into one heck of an ode to
    a memorable person and event of the early 21st century.

    Twizard Rating: 98

  • Sarita Walker ([email protected])September 30, 2016Reply

    Easy Going Movie

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  • SverreSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    I almost forgot movies were supposed to make you feel something, until I saw Sully.

    This movie was absolutely amazing. Tom Hanks was great as Captain
    Sully. He captured Captain Sully’s conflict about his decisions really
    well, and it made me sympathise with his character a lot. Of course,
    all the other characters, including the extras, were great as well. At
    first I felt sorry for him, but as the story progressed, I admired him
    more and more. Sully’s ark is great to see, and will make you feel good
    in the end.

    Certain scenes had my heart racing. These scenes aren’t filled with
    explosions and bullets, rather they consist of a conflict, which leaves
    the viewer on the edge of their seat. Scenes where people are sitting
    are more exciting than the final battle in Suicide Squad. I had goose
    bumps most of the movie. I can’t say that about Suicide Squad.

    The story was, in one word, amazing. The structure of the story helped
    a great deal in sympathizing with Sully, and made me feel really sad,
    yet proud of him at the same time. The movie makes the viewer feel what
    Sully is feeling, and that is its best quality in my opinion. The only
    downside to the movie was the somewhat mediocre CGI plane. This,
    however, changes nothing about the quality of the movie.

  • rajradSeptember 30, 2016Reply

    What a movie!!!


    It was Jan 2009 when I was all ready to come to Oman and Sully
    happened! The news was all over TV. An Airbus 320 had actually ‘landed’
    on a river! And all were alive! In the coming days, the miracle would
    be written and spoken about across the globe.

    And now in 2016, when I had first seen the trailer of Sully, I knew
    this was a movie I cannot afford to miss. Then the added excitement of
    the opening of the first IMAX in Oman and sully being the first film.
    So here it was, my first IMAX experience and that to with Sully.

    Sully, played by Tom Hanks is nothing short of a great movie ever made.
    Forget the incident and its re-creation. It was all about Chesley
    Sullenberger, the Captain of the flight, whose presence of mind, grit
    and above all experience saved everyone on that flight. Not once did I
    remember Tom Hanks (well, maybe the first scene). His conviction of the
    roles he plays is really stupendous. The movie enacts what happens and
    goes to show what transpired thereafter which only a few might be aware

    The movie shows, how the lives of 155 individuals collaborates towards
    one destiny on that day. The worries, thoughts, tension, remembering
    their loved ones, prayers, all captured in those few moments when the
    aircraft is poised as if in time, before the ultimate undecided moment.

    The big screen experience really made me live the scenes. Being a
    flying enthusiast and a flight simmer myself, I really freaked out at
    all the cockpit scenes and shots.

    What more would you expect from the Daddy of Cinema, Clint Eastwood
    himself? The direction, editing, acting is truly flawless. Enjoyed
    every frame of this movie.

    A Hollywood production you ideally should not miss. And if you have the
    opportunity to see it in IMAX, don’t miss it. As it has been shot on
    IMAX and the scenes are tailor-made to be enjoyed there. A story you
    would never want to live but definitely want to know, what had

    Rajesh Sharma @rajrad

  • charliehayes-81888September 30, 2016Reply

    its wild

    on scale of one to jelly this movie comes up as peanut butter. Tom
    Hanks does a wonderful job of portraying my father the day of the
    incident. Maverlous work done by the film crew.

    Real life plane simulations really give this movie its edge.

    Tom hanks turned the corner a long time ago but now hes crossed a whole
    new block with his phenomenal acting skills.

    His real sweat and tears give you chills as he discusses his fate with
    the government.

    The world calls him a hero but he was just doing his job. Maybe if the
    lighting in the plane was better during the crash seen you could focus
    more on Hanks than his surrounding. His straight face expression gives
    you everything you need to know but I don’t think its as noticeable as
    it should

  • Lewis HeatherOctober 3, 2016Reply

    A Good all round film, with good performances and directing

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  • ChristianOctober 3, 2016Reply

    Sully Soars while Plane Performs a Daring Water Landing

    Tom Hanks is in top form and gives his best performance since Cast Away
    (2000). After playing a man on the 105th floor of the WTC on Sep 11,
    2001 in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), he plays a captain of
    a doomed double-engine failure plane on January 15th, 2009 in NYC.
    Writing, editing and emotional directing crafts the portrait of this
    modern day modest hero with bravo.

    The storytelling choices, non-chronological order, details, scenes and
    people portrayed all add the the tension and depth of this fascinating,
    and familiar to some, story. Laura Linney who is always seen only on
    the phone gives a credible (incredible!) performance, while Aaron
    Eckhart and his co-pilot character are well utilized.

    Clint Eastwood ultimately nails it with the right choice of music he
    also contributes to, like in low-key but grandiose Gran Torino (2008),
    along with the flashbacks-flashforwards and figments of Sully’s
    imagination to tell the story and inner feelings the best way, and the
    sheer thrill of a serious and spectacular life and death situation.

    Everything unfolds perfectly, ends on a high and comical note and feels
    like hours because of its intensity instead of the taut 96 minutes in
    actuality, like the only 24 minutes rescue. Thirteen years after the
    acclaimed Mystic River (2003), Eastwood and ”Sully” safely and
    improbably land on the river.

    Like Sully who thanks his co-pilot and crew, the passengers and first
    respondents for this amazing team effort rescue, Eastwood has many
    people on his team to thank, including long time contributor but first
    time real lead editor Blu Murray, for all putting in the pieces
    together to this cinematic masterpiece.

  • marcvalenzuelaOctober 3, 2016Reply

    Intricate Glimpse Into Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger

    I’ve heard this airline captain’s story through the news back in 2009
    during one of my college classes at the time, but had no idea a film
    based on those events was created. Upon watching every minute of it,
    I’m now able to see what made Captain Sullenberger a hero to his
    passengers and those who know him personally.

    The plot revolves around his heroic efforts as he and his First Officer
    Jeffrey Skiles navigated their US Airways plane right into the Hudson
    River as a last ditch of effort after their plane had collided with
    Canadian Geese that flew right into the plane’s engines. Despite such
    actions that saved their lives, there was also debate on the
    circumstance on what could’ve happened or what would’ve been better
    than Sully himself had explained.

    Tom Hanks’ portrayal of the renowned captain was a pretty impressive
    performance. Instead of just merely trying to emulate the real-life
    airline captain’s experiences on screen, he managed to capture the
    angst and personal struggles Sully had faced following from that
    traumatic event. The board hearing scenes had so much to talk about
    that it left me further curious on what made these events run into
    motion. For example, when using flight simulators as to project what
    happened that day and combining it with Sully’s recollections via PTSD
    visions, it’s like placing ourselves into his shoes step-by-step.
    Director Clint Eastwood followed up well from his previous
    Oscar-nominated film American Sniper by cranking out a story that
    focuses on how one man who doesn’t see himself as a glorified hero, but
    a man who did anything a professional pilot would do by taking such
    incredible risks to save the lives of himself and those aboard. For a
    biographical drama that touches on the mystery and intrigue, this is a
    must-watch and is sure to hit various accolades.

  • manjodudeOctober 3, 2016Reply

    Brilliant Portrayal of the Miracle on the Hudson

    Sully is a very good tribute to all the people who saved the lives of
    155 passengers of US Airways flight 1549, with special attention on the
    flight captain’s bravery. Clint Eastwood is like a no-frills director,
    gets straight to the point with his style of film-making which works
    especially on movies based on real life incidents.

    The effects for the most part are wow, especially the shots of the
    final descent and also the impact on the Hudson. It was a stupendous

    The actors are first rate but Tom Hanks stood out with his restrained,
    natural performance. Aaron Eckhart gives a commendable support to
    Hanks. I was pleasantly surprised to see Anna Gunn(Breaking Bad fame)
    here. Maybe it’s a mannerism, but to me she had the ‘I’m gonna burst
    into tears anytime’ look for most part in the movie. It worked great in
    Breaking Bad as a wronged wife but it looked a bit odd here for the
    role of an investigator into the crash. Laura Linney as Hanks’s wife
    was good although the role was minor and almost weak for an actor of
    her caliber.

    I’d remember this movie especially for the effects and also some
    emotional moments especially at the end of the inquiry when one or two
    investigators say what they think personally of what Sully did and also
    the spontaneous reactions of gratitude from passengers or strangers
    towards Sully. The movie is a little ‘Hollywoodish’ in one or two
    scenes but never mind. Go for it with your family or friends. It’s
    still a clean, feel good cinema that’d leave you with a smile.

  • Howard SchumannOctober 4, 2016Reply

    Real heroism does not always mean glory and parades

    Real heroism does not always mean glory and parades. Sometimes it
    consists of simply doing what works – getting the job done in a way
    that those affected will always be grateful. Such a hero is Chesley
    Sullenberger, a US Airways pilot whose presence of mind, competence and
    good judgment saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew when he landed
    his stricken plane in New York’s Hudson River in 2009, an episode known
    as the ”Miracle on the Hudson.” This miracle is celebrated in
    86-year-old director Clint Eastwood’s Sully, based on Sullenberger’s
    memoir Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. Written by Todd
    Komarnicki, the film stars Tom Hanks (”A Hologram for the King”) as the
    calm, unflappable Sully and Aaron Eckhart (”Courage”) as his supportive
    co-pilot Jeff Skiles.

    Eastwood and cinematographer Tom Stern establish the tension early. We
    see the Captain and co-pilot go through their pre-takeoff checklist and
    witness the takeoff and the passengers on US Airways Flight 1549, en
    route from LaGuardia Airport in New York to Charlotte, North Carolina,
    settling back for a long flight. Six minutes after takeoff, however,
    the plane is hit by a flock of geese, crippling both of its engines at
    an altitude of only 2,800 feet. While we know the eventual outcome,
    Sully’s agonizing decision to land the plane in the frigid Hudson River
    after realizing he could not make it to the nearest airport is a
    heart-pounding sequence.

    While Eastwood succumbs to some disaster clichés with frightened
    parents holding onto their screaming children, the evacuation, for the
    most part, is done with restraint and the rescue by boas and ferries in
    the vicinity is expertly handled. The crash sequence (shown several
    times during the film) is interspersed with flashbacks to Sully’s early
    life, his present-day nightmares, and phone calls to his anxiety-ridden
    wife Lorraine (Laura Linney, ”Mr. Holmes”). Much of the film’s drama
    centers around the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing
    in which board members played by Mike O’Malley (”Concussion”), Jamey
    Sheridan (”Spotlight”), and Anna Gunn (”Equity”) question Sully’s
    decision to land in the river, suggesting that the second engine was
    still functional enough for him to bring the plane back to LaGuardia or
    fly to nearby Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. If their assessment is
    the correct one, it would lead to a damaging verdict of ”pilot error.”

    The NTSB uses computer simulations to try to prove their case but Sully
    tells them that, ”Simulations take all humanity out of the cockpit.” On
    questioning, Sully learns that the ”sim” pilots needed as many as
    seventeen practice sessions and he asks that 35 seconds be entered into
    the calculations to reflect the human equation. It is no secret that
    the real NTSB has disputed the prosecutorial manner in which the
    hearings are portrayed, saying that they were only seeking information
    in an objective, professional manner, a description that incidentally
    Sully Has agreed with. Tom Hanks is the perfect choice to play Sully.
    Though beleaguered with stress, self-doubt, and media hounds, his
    humanity and strength of character come through, allowing the film to
    deliver a believable message of human resourcefulness in the face of
    sudden crisis.

    Though Sully is portrayed as a conventional, solid-citizen type, in
    reality he had the courage to step up at the House Transportation and
    Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on aviation on February 24,
    2009, telling them that, after flying almost 20,000 hours for 29 years,
    his decision to remain as a professional airline pilot came at a
    significant financial cost. His pay, he said, ”has been cut 40 percent,
    my pension, like most airline pensions, has been terminated and
    replaced by a PBGC guarantee worth only pennies on the dollar.” ”I am
    worried,” he went on, ”that the airline piloting profession will not be
    able to continue to attract that best and the brightest. … If we do not
    sufficiently value the airline piloting profession and future pilots
    are less experienced and less skilled, it logically follows that we
    will see negative consequences to the flying public––and to our
    country.” Telling the truth is another attribute of a true hero.

  • SivakumarBalachandranOctober 4, 2016Reply

    Tom Hanks nails it one more time …..actually continues nailing every time

    My take on Sully : First let me say wow what a movie.

    A real story which showcases power of quick wit of one man and his act
    of bravery. Feat of a Captain saving 155 lives on board. Also proving
    Human brains out wit computer brains or simulations ( watch the movie
    to understand that one )

    Another flawless portrayal by Tom Hanks! you were in the water with
    your ship as captain Philips now in the air as captain sully either way
    you are nailing it. Salute to you Captain.

    Clint East wood on each of your projects you are raising the bars and
    meeting the expectations. No wonder you are a legendary director.
    Exceptional and impeccable directorial feat.

    Verdict : The movie lived well up and above expectations. So what are
    you waiting? Grab your tickets and get in for a movie which is
    Intriguing and gripping. It’s a must watch on big screens. Last but not
    least I am sure you will return with some moments will put in tears and
    goose bumps. – Sivakumar Balachandran

  • Peter WelchOctober 6, 2016Reply

    A forgettable retelling of an unforgettable event

    In ”Sully,” Captain Chesley Sullenberger spends a fair amount of time
    musing about how his life’s legacy is defined by a plane crash that
    took only 208 seconds. Sully’s life was only noteworthy for those 208
    seconds. As one might predict, it turns out that this biopic is also
    exciting for about 208 seconds.

    Sully’s main focus is on Capt. Sullenburger’s difficulty handling the
    media attention following the crash, and the investigation that the
    airline did into Sullenburger post-crash. If you don’t remember hearing
    much about this investigation in the news, that’s because it wasn’t
    newsworthy. The movie makes this investigation to appear bigger than it
    is, and the threat of a lawsuit lasts for exactly 90 minutes of screen
    time, only to magically disappear as the movie is about to end. Just
    before the credits roll, even the villainous plaintiff lawyers seem to
    concede that they never really had a case against Sully anyway. This
    threat never seemed credible to the viewer, and it disappears in an
    incredibly anti-climatic way.

    While great biopics like Fincher’s ”The Social Network” play up real
    dramas in the lives of notable historical figures, ”Sully” is a 90
    minute picture about a three minute event. Luckily, Eastwood handles
    the crash itself pretty well, showing the viewer windows into the lives
    of multiple passengers on the plane, so we have people to be concerned
    for in the heat of the action.

    The movie suffers from jarring edits and needless jumping in the
    narrative. Sometimes we see Sully before the crash, and sometimes we
    see him after- the crash itself is shown about halfway through the
    film. Before we see the crash, there are a handful of ”gotcha!” moments
    in which we see the plane almost crash inside of Sully’s daydreams. The
    whole concept of jumping back and forth seems totally random and
    unnecessary. The ”gotcha!” daydreams also only hurt the film, as they
    cause nothing but frustration for the viewer.

    This is a weak film by Eastwood’s standards. Even though its runtime is
    a slim 1h 36m, Sully feels overlong, and that’s because there’s simply
    not much to make of the story. This is a competent enough movie, and is
    a better choice than some other films currently in theaters, but you
    shouldn’t lose too much sleep if you skip this one.

  • alexdeleonfilmOctober 6, 2016Reply

    A tricky case of Unintentional bird gobbling Well done

    Clint Eastwood’s latest offering ”SULLY” has been doing slam-bang
    box-office business in the USA since it is a well done Near Disaster
    film, and in a dark year of police shootings, other shootings, train
    crashes, and an upcoming election featuring candidates both of whom are
    likely to bring the entire nation to the brink of disaster, provides a
    ray of hope and something to feel good about –namely, the saving of
    155 passenger lives when a quick thinking American pilot ditched his
    plane in the Hudson River after both his engines failed upon takeoff
    due to the unintentional ingestion of a flock of birds.

    This is not one of Mr. Eastwood’s masterpieces but it is a very well
    made film (as usual with Clint) with near documentary effect and,
    obviously, very user friendly. What Eastwood has set out to do –and
    very effectively accomplished — is to remind a public with impaired
    short term memory of an act of American heroism that took place a mere
    seven years ago and received massive news coverage at the time, but was
    soon lost in the shuffle of News overload with which we are bombarded
    every day — and basically forgotten. How many people, even if they
    vaguely remember the event, can recall the name of the pilot who almost
    miraculously saved the lives of all of the 155 passengers aboard his
    plane when the plane was disabled upon takeoff from Laguardia in New
    York, by steering it powerless straight over Manhattan, managing not to
    crash into one of the towering skyscrapers, and safely ditching the
    aircraft in the icy waters of the wintry Hudson? The date was January
    15, 2009, and the quick thinking pilot was Chesley Sullenberger — not
    an easy name to remember — but his nickname ”Sully” is one that stays
    with you. So Clint has wisely chosen to name his picture just that and
    cast the best man in Hollywood for the job of playing Scully, Tom
    Hanks. Hanks sporting snow white hair in the picture is the right age
    — 59 during the shoot whereas Sully was 56 in 2009 — and nobody is
    better at playing men with a troubled conscience and constant pained
    expression. Following in the heels of last year’s ”Bridge of Spies” Tom
    has just about cornered the Pained Expression for a Whole Picture
    market. And he is actually believable doing it even if sometimes gets
    to be a bit much.

    Among other things Sully is a detailed process film about the piloting
    of airliners, but it is also much more. Most of the film actually takes
    place outside of the cockpit revealing Sully’s struggle to justify his
    courageous act before a relentless board of inquiry trying to prove
    that he had other choices, such as landing at Teterboro Airport in New
    Jersey. Even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media
    for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill the investigation that was
    unfolding, and takes up the bulk of the picture’s running time, was
    threatening to destroy his reputation and his career which adds a
    dimension of courtroom drama to the whole. In the end we find out he
    made the only decision possible after the plane was disabled shortly
    after takeoff when a flock of birds were swept into both engines
    knocking them out of commission. These scenes are white knucklers that
    put you right into the cockpit with Hanks and the co-pilot, Aaron
    Eckhart — in a highly commendable supporting role. Another important
    role is that of his wife (Laura Linney) who is often on the phone with
    him with words of anxious support as he walks the streets of Manhattan
    having nightmares in broad daylight of the plane under his control not
    making it to the river but crashing into a building in a blaze of
    inglory. The scene in the river with a real plane floating precariously
    in the icy waters half submerged and the passengers lined up on the
    wings waiting for rescue teams to arrive must have cost a fortune to
    make and is so well mounted it looks like archival footage. Fall into
    the water and you’re dead in a minute! — even though we think we know
    the final outcome it’s suspense all the way. Clint really knows his
    business and his new film is definitely a winner with various Oscar
    possibilities down the line, maybe even a third Oscar for Mr. Hanks. At
    age 86 Clint Eastwood, director, Is not looking back and shows no signs
    of slowing down. In that department I would consider him to be my role

    Ps: Tom Hanks is a lineal descendant of Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham
    Lincoln — No wonder he has such an incorrigibly honest look!

  • papacornOctober 7, 2016Reply

    Well done!

    Going into this I was a skeptic. How do you make a movie about
    something that was in the news for days and days? Something that
    everyone feels they could repeat from start to finish due to all the
    exposure? And how would you hold people’s interest when we all know how
    it ends and possibly all the details? This movie accomplished all in a
    mesmerizing, edge-of-the-seat delivery. I didn’t go with enthusiasm but
    because my husband wanted to see it. ”Sully” uses flashbacks as a
    person does when mulling over something from the past. The pilot
    examines what happened, what he and his co-pilot did, and raises the
    question as to whether anything was missed. I can’t criticize the way
    ”Sully” was staged but find it close to flawless. It was as close to
    the actual experience as one can get. Even the scene involving the
    NTSB, something that might come off as dull, was not. You know this
    movie is moving toward a frightening, inevitable, event. This kind of
    thing anyone who flies, openly, or secretly, fears. There was something
    a little cathartic in taking the dive from the sky. I can’t say whether
    everyone would feel that way but it satisfied my curiosity. I wasn’t
    there but…close enough! Tom Hanks and his co-pilot, Aaron Eckhart,
    bring this story to life again in the best way. It also made me aware
    of how much experience plus instinct the real Sully had, and used, to
    bring about a happy ending.

  • prateekhemdevOctober 7, 2016Reply

    An Outstanding Piece by Legends in Hollywood

    Sully-The Story of ”The miracle of Hudson” depicting the life of
    Sullenberger is a piece of art that would be remembered in years to
    come. The film promises you to be immersed for the entire duration and
    complete credit goes to the director and the Protagonist.

    Acting (9/10) – Tom Hanks as Sully puts in so much intensity into the
    character that one keeps wondering that how does he does it so
    effortlessly. Aaron as the first officer Skies is great too and does
    full justice to his part. Laura Linney’s part as Sully’s wife is
    limited and she plays the role decently. Overall the movie’s greatest
    asset are its actors.

    Direction (8/10) – Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper remains his best
    work but Sully’s direction is one notch below it and its because the
    story is pretty simple and the director’s role in keeping the story
    engaging does not require much effort. Clint Eastwood has of course
    done a commendable job and looking forward to more.

    Overall, Sully is a great work to keep audience entertained with its
    subtle humor at regular intervals. I give it 9/10 as some great
    research has been done by the cast and crew which has delivered great
    performances too.

  • Erez HaroshOctober 8, 2016Reply

    The sight of a passenger plane along the skyline of New York city is an image that has been seared in the g

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  • TurfseerOctober 9, 2016Reply

    Casting NTSB investigators as bogeyman is a cheap shot but Eastwood and Hanks still pull off the feel good film of the year

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  • jimsouthworthOctober 9, 2016Reply


    i think an 8th grader wrote this script. the bottom line is the entire
    ”conflict” in this story is that the government agencies investigated
    the water landing. ummmmm…yeah. that is their job. the
    dialogue…wow….poor. the action scenes were OK, but the sound track
    was too loud and offensive. Look, make movies that people want to see.
    it is not really that difficult. there were probably a lot of stories
    around the people on the plane that went untold. we have all matured a
    little beyond the evil conspiracy by the big bad government plots. they
    are boring. tired. old. Somewhat like the director. don’t waste your
    money. i only went because my in laws wanted to see it.

  • Ben_CapOctober 9, 2016Reply

    The Miracle on the Hudson

    Given where I live I have a vague memory about the Miracle on the
    Hudson. That is to say I remember it happening and being on all of the
    news channels, but I never really cared to follow up on the events past
    those first few days after it happened. What the movie Sully brings is
    at best an exhilarating account of bravery displayed by Capitan Sully
    and at worst a little bit of feel good drama where the drama feels

    Lets start off with Tom Hanks as the titular Captain Sully. Hanks is
    not only the perfect choice for this role, he is the only choice for
    this role. No actor working today brings as much trust and inherent
    compassion better than Hanks can. From the first moment that the NTSB
    starts questioning him about the events during the emergency water
    landing I immediately believe Sully. I trust that he did the right
    thing and that is because of Tom Hanks. He has made a career of being
    the good guy and this role demands that he be the best good guy he has
    ever been, and he nails it. Aaron Eckhart is solid in his supporting
    role because he is able to play off of Sully’s personality. He allows
    the viewer to step into his shoes and play co pilot in our heads. In
    those 208 seconds he has to trust Sully like we trust Hanks and you
    feel that in his performance.

    Even though I was not really sold on the CGI in Sully, the ”water
    landing” scenes were the highlight of the movie. Even though they
    showed the same sequence of events more than a couple of times, each
    time it felt different. Eastwood lets you view it through the different
    lenses of the people involved, the passengers, the crew and even the
    people on the ground viewing it from office buildings and homes. While
    the CGI sometimes broke my immersion when they put you in the plane is
    when it really shines. I could almost feel the bottom of my seat drop
    out as if the theater had lost both engines.

    Most of the issues I have with Sully are nit picking. The direction by
    Clint Eastwood is unimaginative, the writing is average but the biggest
    problem is one that Eastwood suffered from in his last movie American
    Sniper and that is an unrealistic villain. This time around Eastwood
    decided that the real opposition to our hero is over zealous government
    officials and white people problems. For me the real problem for Sully
    should have been the constant terror of what if. What if he had done
    something differently that day or what if he had put those people in
    danger? They allude to this a bit but I think this really should have
    been the emotional focus. At least thats what gave me the willies the
    most. Although i did say the writing was average, Sully actually as
    what most movies miss and that is an earned third act. The writers
    saved all their really good stuff for that second to third act
    transition. They even have a few twists for you at the end there which
    I did not expect at all.

    Sully can sometimes be dragged down by the low points and dialogue
    heavy scenes but when it has to the movie really turns it on. at an
    hour and 37 minutes the length is just about right, there were a few
    scenes that kind of felt added in to pad the run time but it was a
    decently paced movie with as I said before a great third act. I did not
    expect much from Sully but I am here to say I have been proved wrong.
    This is a story about a true American hero, but more than that Sully is
    just a flat out amazing person who deserves for people to really know
    how great he is.

  • John MaverickOctober 10, 2016Reply

    Miracles can happen, even on the Hudson.

    From actor/director Clint Eastwood, ‘Sully’ tells the story of the
    aftermath, through the eyes of Cpt. Chelsey Sullenberger (Tom Hanks),
    about that fateful day in which he miraculously landed a passenger
    aircraft on the Hudson river.

    1. There is no film that I can think of, in which Tom Hanks ever gave a
    bad performance. Nor have I ever disliked a character Tom Hanks has
    played. The man is a National Treasure, and one of the greatest living
    actors of out generation. Even if one has never seen an interview with
    the actual Cpt. Sullenberger or simply can’t remember, Hanks completely
    loses himself in the role of Sully. There is a blatant reason why Hanks
    is a two-time Oscar winner, and could very well be heading towards
    another nomination here cause he absolutely deserves it and all the
    praise he’s getting.

    2. Apart from the master himself, I was just as equally impressed with
    the acting of Aaron Eckhart, who plays Sully’s co-pilot Jeff Skiles.
    There is never a moment where you doubt the chemistry between these two
    because their acting is on another level. Mr. Clint Eastwood himself
    deserves an incredible amount of praise just by his directing alone. If
    this man doesn’t get a nomination for ‘Best Director’, I’ll literally
    pull a ‘Dirty Harry’ on the Academy. The film is short, but it’s edited
    in such a superb way that it never leaves you feeling bored.

    3. There are just a few hiccups here and there that just doesn’t make
    this film quite as perfect. Laura Linney plays Sully’s distraught wife
    Lorraine, however she never comes across as such since all her scenes
    take place within the confines of her home. Maybe the reason is due to
    some scenes being cut, but her range is never fully explored. With
    events that could have ended in tragedy, there are (unfortunately)
    nightmares that follow. There are dream and elapsed sequences where
    Sully envisions the worst, from the plane crashing, to passengers
    losing their lives.

    All in all, ‘Sully’ is still a sharp and well directed cinematic
    feature, and something those who witnessed the miracle themselves,
    should be proud of.

  • radioloanOctober 10, 2016Reply

    Incredible Movie Great Effects Awesome Acting

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  • tavmOctober 13, 2016Reply

    Sully was a fine drama about a good man who happened to be a hero, whether he likes it or not

    I finally watched this after several weeks of it playing with my movie
    theatre-working friend yesterday. He had watched this before but was
    willing to watch with me as I hadn’t. It was quite a touching true
    story of Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger, played here by Tom
    Hanks. The drama took its time in telling how the plane ended up where
    it ended up and why he was being investigated despite being called a
    hero because none of the passengers suffered badly during the crisis.
    Clint Eastwood did a good directing job, as usual. Going back and forth
    during some sequences, I managed to not be confused at all while
    watching which is a good sign of a fine drama based on something that
    actually happened. So on that note, I highly recommend Sully.

  • konayodaOctober 13, 2016Reply

    This isn’t a documentary, the NTSB weren’t attack dogs as portrayed.

    Clint Eastwood, his political views aside, might be wise to stick with
    comedy, like Space Cowboys (since he’s too old to play Dirty Harry
    anymore), and leave the directing to better people. Are there any left
    in Hollywood?

    I realize that this movie was not meant to be a documentary, which is a
    genre that I often enjoy, and I also realize that Hollywood has to do
    what is best for their revenue, which often means sensationalizing
    ”true stories”, (Like the movie Race the Sun, about a good friend of
    mine, but almost totally fictitious) but we’re talking about the
    Miracle on the Hudson here, it’s sensational as it is. Granted, the
    intensity only lasted for 208 seconds (plus another minute or two to
    get out of the plane), but there is sooo much of the story that this
    movie could have told, but didn’t, like the rescue, background of those
    involved, etc.

    All the confusing bouncing back and forth in the timeline, all of the
    distortion of the events, were beneath Tom Hanks acting abilities. And
    the portrayal of the NTSB was pure fiction. So much so, that they spoke
    out as soon as they heard about the movie. Search: bloomberg crash
    investigators pan their portrayal

    I still give the movie 4 stars, because Tom Hanks played his roll well
    (and the other actors tried, especially Aaron Eckhart), although Tom’s
    heart didn’t seem to be in this one. And if you don’t care about
    accuracy, it was an OK movie. It’s worth seeing once, I guess, with a
    grain of salt (or a mine), but unlike many movies in the same ”True
    Story” genre, I doubt I’ll watch this one more than once.

  • s-hicksOctober 14, 2016Reply

    Enjoyable but flawed

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  • jackbecker007October 14, 2016Reply

    Hanks is good, but Sully falls flat

    I think Clint Eastwood is very talented director and Tom Hanks is
    easily my favorite actor. He’s just good in everything. That being
    said, I was going to wait to rent this movie because the subject didn’t
    appeal to me very much. Ended up at the theater with a group of friends
    who wanted to see it, so that’s what we saw.

    Put simply, it was just OK.

    Tom Hanks is always good (in my opinion) and that was still the case.
    He did really well and might get awards consideration. I don’t think he
    reached the heights of his performances in Philadelphia, Cast Away,
    Forrest Gump, or Saving Private Ryan or even another bio-pic, Captain
    Phillips. He was very good and made the movie watchable. Aaron Eckhart
    was also pretty good. My problem with the acting is that I don’t feel
    those characters would be very difficult to portray, so although they
    did a good job, it isn’t impressive per se.

    I am all for creative license, but I think the choice for the
    antagonists in this film is borderline slander given how actual events
    panned out. That’s all I will say about that.

    The plot honestly doesn’t have much going for it. We already know how
    the flight ends and thus lose a great deal of dramatic suspense.
    Eastwood tries to work around this with how he structured the story,
    but it just felt forced. Three separate times, I believe, we end up in
    a flashback of the flight in question and it does not add anything to
    the story. It quickly grows old.

    I mean, technically, this film is impeccable. The editing, the
    cinematography, etc. Clint Eastwood knows how to shoot a movie. So I
    don’t want to knock it too hard. I just feel like it is pretty

    6 stars is my standard rating for a movie that is well made, but I just
    didn’t really care about.

    – I do have to say that Aaron Eckhart’s mustache is the star of the

  • parky_16-1October 15, 2016Reply

    Not Very Good – I recommend you watch ” Flight” instead

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  • amyamy-49421October 16, 2016Reply

    No Cartoon Super Hero

    So refreshing to see a movie depicting a hero who isn’t a cartoon-like
    Super Hero. The industry is sadly saturated with action-action-action
    Hollywood films. Sully suffers mildly from post-traumatic stress after
    he successfully lands his damaged plane in the Hudson River, amazingly
    saving all 155 of its passengers. After the landing, he is made a hero
    in the public’s eyes, but begins to doubt himself when the aviation
    panel believes he could have successfully landed the plane in the
    LaGuardia runway. This story that unfolds is realistic, intelligent,
    and moving. Do we really need car chase scenes or explosions to hold
    our interest? My favorite line of the movie was when the hotel maid
    hugged Sully, and he asked, ”What just happened?” The crash was not
    overplayed, thus, more tragic. The rescue scene was brutally realistic.
    The aviation panel’s witch hunt was ugly and unfounded, and the fact
    that this story was based on true event made it even more harrowing.
    What was needed was for people to stand up and salute at the end of the
    final hearing. Amazing movie.

  • seanscience314October 16, 2016Reply

    Sully is a slow moving movie about quiet heroism

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  • sandhyacs-86652October 18, 2016Reply

    My Brother is a Pilot

    Many jealous people consider Pilots as Glorified truckers and drivers
    etc. But what they don’t know is that they don’t really know whats it
    is to be a PILOT.

    The Movie was already a hit for me because of Clint Eastwood and Tom
    Hanks both my favorite people.They don’t need my words to prove them
    the best because their work speaks for them.

    Iam really proud of the Real heroes just like ”Sullenberg”, as they
    always teach you how to be present in the moment with your full mind. I
    also believe that such things happen to such people to let the world
    know that they are ”EXTRAORDINARY”.

    There is a difference between just doing a Job and being The Best in

    Please watch this movie and Just Love Your Life.

  • scottshak_111October 24, 2016Reply

    An incredible biopic of Sully’s Miracle on Hudson

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  • izmir35October 25, 2016Reply

    Ignores the human factor as the computer simulation in the movie does.

    This movie tells the story of how Capt. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger
    (Tom Hanks) and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) miraculously
    safe landed the US Airways Flight 1549 on Hudson River without any
    casualty after a bird strike on January 15, 2009 with 155 people on
    board and the investigation that they went through after the incident.

    Although the movie realistically and successfully recreates the moment
    of safe landing of the US Airways Flight 1549 on Hudson River and Tom
    Hanks, Aaron Echkhart, and Laura Linney were good in their portrayal of
    their characters, it lacks the dismay and the human drama which one
    expects to see during these kinds of movies and therefore, it feels
    more like a reenactment for a biographical documentary film than a
    dramatic movie.

    I always loved Clint Eastwood’s simplistic yet visually impeccable
    story telling as a director. This movie was no exception with perfect
    visualization of the water landing of the aircraft and his preference
    to show it several times throughout the movie, revealing more
    information each time; however, that wasn’t enough to satisfy my
    expectation of seeing more human drama and substance regarding the
    aftermath of the event. Every day, many people fly all over the world
    entrusting their lives to the expertise of the pilots who control their
    aircraft. There are many incidents involving commercial airplanes
    during the history of aviation but most of them are rarely without
    resulting in fatality and many of the passengers involved in these
    incidents were not as fortunate as the passengers of the US Airways
    Flight 1549 controlled by Capt. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger and his
    co-pilot Jeff Skiles. This movie didn’t reflect enough the tremendous
    amount of responsibility airplane pilots carry on their shoulders every
    time they fly, how every aspect of their actions, decisions, and life
    is placed under scrutiny by NSTB (rightfully so, considering pilot
    error is a major cause of air incidents) after such an incident
    happens, and the full investigation that these people go through
    psychologically and technically in case of surviving the crash even if
    there is zero casualty.

    If you are fed up with the artificial super heroes swarming movie
    theaters in recent years and want to see a real hero in action, this
    movie may satisfy your hunger to some degree. However, you may find it
    dramatically dry for your appetite.

  • Movie_Muse_ReviewsOctober 25, 2016Reply

    Hanks and Eastwood make a very good film where there arguably isn’t one

    In 2009, America got a rare hero in the form of Captain Chesley
    Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a commercial plane with two
    blown engines on the Hudson River without losing a single passenger.
    Clint Eastwood, as he did with ”American Sniper,” takes a closer look
    at that heroism in ”Sully,” which follows the immediate and little-
    known aftermath of the event, chronicling Sully’s (Tom Hanks) fame amid
    an investigation by the National Transportation Security Board into his

    Hanks is the film’s linchpin. Nobody does ”everyday hero” like Hanks.
    His moments of uncertainty and brooding that project reluctant heroism
    are not only expertly delivered on screen, but critical to the drama
    and lifeblood of the film.

    That’s because ”Sully” is really a 90-minute exercise in how to make a
    feature film out of a story that doesn’t really have enough material
    for a feature film. Somehow, Eastwood and screenwriter Todd Komarnicki
    turn the plot of an NTSB investigation into the most riveting product
    one could possibly create from an NTSB investigation.

    The compliment here is not meant to be so back-handed. No, ”Sully”
    doesn’t manage to completely disguise how little it has to work with
    and some of the techniques that it uses to mold that story into a
    serviceable drama, but Eastwood and Hanks get more mileage out of all
    that than they seemingly should. The truth is that it works.

    In a nutshell, while Americans were enchanted by ”The Miracle on the
    Hudson,” Sully and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) were worried
    about losing their wings if an investigation revealed that they could
    have safely returned and landed the plane at LaGuardia. So, amid his
    press appearances on Letterman and with Katie Couric, Sully is doubting
    himself and wondering if he needlessly put all 155 passengers’ lives at

    Sully’s inner quarrel and the unfolding investigation are the only
    sources of conflict in the film, and that’s why Hanks covering that
    first half as well as he does makes the film. He lends such credence to
    the notion that Sully would have any self-doubt that it weighs on the
    audience too. As for the other half, Komarnicki paints the NTSB
    officials, which includes actors Mike O’Malley and Anna Gunn among
    others, as out to get Sully, when the likelihood was that they were
    just doing their jobs, albeit coldly, perhaps.

    When the climax of your movie is a room full of suits watching flight
    simulation videos recreating the conditions of the incident multiple
    times, you’ve put its fate in the hands of how well the rest of the
    film was executed. That’s where the sure eye of Eastwood makes a
    difference. It becomes more about the details, and he captures the
    right ones. ”Sully” doesn’t get that emotionally evocative, but it hits
    enough of those notes with Eastwood’s guidance.

    What it comes down to is that ”Sully” landed in the right hands with
    Hanks, Eastwood and even Komarnicki for weaving a strong story where
    arguably there isn’t one. ”Sully” isn’t a surefire awards contender,
    but it’s the kind of film that can be if there aren’t other great
    options. Either way, it’s a really solid watch.

    ~Steven C

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  • anne-m-hudsonOctober 26, 2016Reply

    What is a hero?

    In Sully we get another fine example of director Clint Eastwood’s
    interest in showing the human side of a hero. The main character is
    ”Sully” Sullenberg, the pilot who lands his plane in the Hudson River
    in the middle of January and has all 155 people aboard survive. Is he a
    smart, seasoned professional who is just doing his job? Or is he a
    hero? Are the people deemed heroes so called because other people put
    that label on them?

    Tom Hanks gives a compelling performance as the ordinary man caught up
    in extraordinary circumstances. Sully is a low-key, low-blood pressure
    kind of guy with a natural aversion to the hoopla the ”miracle on the
    Hudson” attracts. Just as Sully credits his entire crew for the success
    of the emergency landing, the entire cast in this film is strong and
    works together to bring this movie home.

  • adhyayan_reviewsOctober 27, 2016Reply

    Sully Files… And Flies High.. BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE IMPACT!

    8/10 Sully based on ‘The Miracle at Hudson’ is itself no less than an
    miracle of a film.Guided by excellent direction from Clint Eastwood and
    immaculately performed by Tom Hanks, the man who makes you believe that
    he was in fact in Sully himself. The plot follows the true story of
    pilot Sully co-pilot Jeff and 153 passengers who survived without a
    scratch on an A320 which landed on icy Lake Hudson on January 15 2009.
    And also the intricately detailed aftermath that ensued.The narrative
    is non-linear yet relentless with a slick pace. Sully does not overstay
    either with a run-time of about 1 hour 40.minutes or so.A true hero
    story which deserved retelling and Sully does total justice to it.

  • griffolyon12November 8, 2016Reply

    Another Success for Eastwood

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  • BasicLogicNovember 12, 2016Reply

    An dramatized baloney like an inflated balloon

    I have to borrow some words from Wikipedia about ”Balloon” in order to
    describe this boring and extremely pretentious film: ”Modern day
    balloons are made from materials such as……, and can come in many
    colors. Some early balloons were made of …. Some balloons are used
    for decorative purposes or entertaining purposes, while others are used
    for practical purposes ….. A balloon’s properties, including its low
    density and low cost, have led to a wide range of applications.” Yeah,
    this is exactly what I felt when I watched this bore-to-death, seems
    full, but actually very hollow film. This incident in the air traffic
    disaster history has been used as a balloon in many man-made colors
    with cheap CGI and used for decorative and entertaining purposes. There
    actually not too much to tell, so the whole multi-color patched up
    work, an assembled pieces by American grandma, still successfully lured
    lot of people buying tickets to relive a dramatized near-death
    experience. But there’s absolutely nothing to tell, all the production
    team did was heavily relied on the deep wrinkles between Tom Hanks’

    I’d rather watch Denael Washington’s ”Flight (2012)” than watching this
    what’s-the-big-deal, trying so hard to crate one more self-glorified
    American Hero Worship Thirst, yet totally unnecessary add-up.

  • LemonLadyRNovember 13, 2016Reply

    Got to Me

    Wow, this movie really hit me on a physical anxiety level, as it is all
    about anxiety. Anxiety before, during, after the incident. So, for that
    alone, I have to add on a star. I had this reaction not once but twice
    during the film. I, too, wondered how much of a movie could be made out
    of this, esp as I don’t remember much controversy over this crash. As
    other reviews have so well put, the momentum was kept by the editing
    and non-linear story line. Also the realistic silences and great acting
    by Hanks. He does anxiety very well! Sure, you have to believe in this
    movie to let it play out and be patient, but the payoff was wonderful.
    I don’t require movies to be full of action or whatever, every second,
    so this was an easy decision for me. Esp as Tom Hanks pulled me in,
    coupled with my visceral physical reaction. I loved the special effects
    used to create this movie, and esp the great camera work that caused me
    to admire, once again, the guys who jump into dangerous waters from
    helicopters, to rescue others, even if it was done by CGI. As a
    frequent flyer many times in my life, and with only a storm and one
    severe loss of altitude to show for it, I have to say that commercial
    pilots and everyone else involved, are an amazing bunch, safely
    ferrying us, in the crowded skies, thousands of times a day. I am happy
    to put my life in their hands.

  • LeftbankerNovember 13, 2016Reply

    Spoiler Alert: Birds are Evil

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  • Felix MartinssonNovember 14, 2016Reply

    Pretty good

    So I watched it with pretty high expectations, I like Tom Hanks, think
    he’s a brilliant actor and I love Clint Eastwood, I think he knows what
    he’s doing both in front of the camera, acting and behind it,

    It started off really good, they built up the story, but then I thought
    the pace went up and everything just went by too quickly. I like a more
    slow pace with lots of details, but for people in a rush, than yeah
    this will work fine! This is an example of why a lot of big actors has
    started to show up in TV Series. And I totally get why, they get a lot
    more time to play and grow into their characters, and there is much
    more detail to everything.

    I’m not saying it’s bad (obviously) It just didn’t live up to my
    expectations. I think the film could have added at least another 30

    I do recommend it, the acting and story is very interesting!

    I give it 7 out of 10

  • WoodBangers EntertainmentNovember 14, 2016Reply

    the wow factor, loved it.

    One film I wanted to point out that I had been meaning to review is
    Sully (2016) featuring the actor Tom Hanks (Chesley Sullenberger) and
    directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on the trailer this movie didn’t
    really have my attention though the line up and being based on real
    events we put it on our to-do list, besides Tom Hanks has never let us
    down in a movie.

    We were surprised to see the story from a different understanding
    versus what the press had put out, though that’s typically the case as
    the press never tells the truth; they only say or reword things to make
    the dramatic effect to benefit their pockets. Sully turned out to be a
    very interesting film and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The cast was
    perfectly selected and all done very well in their roles, of course
    Clint Eastwood directing made the film roll-out beautifully; the vibe
    of the film just keeps you on edge. The true story of this film is an
    amazing story and at the same time a sad one seeing the standards of
    how someone with so much courage manages to do the impossible while the
    corporations do their best (with the media’s help) to destroy the hero
    to save a buck.

    To sum it up, a beautiful movie; highly recommended!

  • gtyoshidaNovember 18, 2016Reply

    Risk vs.Reward

    While many viewers are familiar with the ”Miracle on the Hudson”, few
    know about the inquiry conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration
    which challenged the decision Capt. ”Sully” Sullenberger made when he
    chose to land US Airways 1549 in the Hudson river. These administrators
    insisted that Capt. Sullenberger could have landed his disabled
    aircraft safely back at LaGuardia simply because their computer
    simulations using the same flight data parameters showed it could be
    done. But at what risk? When a plane crashes in a simulator, the screen
    freezes but as Capt. Sullenberger realized, a real life plane crash in
    densely populated New York city would end in a huge ball of fire and
    the loss of every passenger on board. Tom Hanks’ portrayal as ”Sully”
    Sullenberger was unquestionably one of his best performances and Aaron
    Eckhart was equally up to the task as co-pilot Jeff Skiles. Clint
    Eastwood did outstanding work as the film’s director but also deserves
    recognition for adding another historical moment into the American film
    industry archives. I rate this film as a solid 9.

  • Claudio CarvalhoNovember 19, 2016Reply

    The Hero of the Hudson River

    On January 15th 2009, after a bird strike with the loss of two
    turbines, Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and First
    Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) land an Airbus A320 with 155
    passengers on the Hudson River saving their lives. Sully is claimed a
    hero by the press and public; however the official investigation
    reports that one of the left engines was running at idle and not
    damaged. And the flight simulator indicates that it would be possible
    to land at LaGuardia or Teterboro. Sully has to defend himself to the
    commission; otherwise Sully has to defend his reputation and career
    showing new evidences of the incident. Will he succeed?

    ”Sully” is another great film directed by Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks
    in the lead role. These two names would be enough to show the quality
    of this movie. But the story is excellent, based on the biography of
    Sully and the screenplay keeps the attention of the viewer until the
    credits. In addition, there are Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney in a
    support role. In the end, ”Sully” is a great tribute to the hero of the
    Hudson River. Mt vote is eight.

    Title (Brazil): ”Sully: O Herói do Rio Hudson” (”Sully: the Hero of the
    Hudson River”)

  • stonedraimNovember 19, 2016Reply

    Solid Sully

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  • RileyOnFilmNovember 22, 2016Reply

    After I said, ”That’s what the hype was all about?” Weak film.

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  • boclaniNovember 23, 2016Reply

    Could have been something

    SULLY, directed by Clint Eastwood is a true story made into a film
    surrounding Captain Chelsey Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his first
    officer (Aaron Eckhart) who save 155 passengers by landing their plane
    on the Hudson River, and also focuses on the aftermath they debate
    whether the plane could fly a little further and land safely on land
    without putting anyone in danger.

    I don’t remember a thing from 15th of January 2009. And with all the
    great reviews of this retelling I was hoping to learn and be
    entertained while doing so. Which I was, kinda?

    When they were doing the hearings at the end of the film to see if it
    was possible to land safely on land as I briefly mentioned before, was
    where I had the most fun. And has a lot of suspense. Including the
    music playing, and all of these aspects made me really excited and
    worried at the same time for these people, the message at the end was
    really nice as well.

    Eastwood’s movies are very colourless as shown in J.Edgar. It made that
    movie very un interesting and boring and kind of hurt my eyes after
    watching it for a while, and I have never finished watching the movie.
    Sully isn’t half as bad in colour choices as J. Edgar and actually
    helps the movie to give it more realism with the darker shades and

    The film is spoken all in a quiet tone, sometimes hard to understand,
    and doesn’t give the movie much personality. But makes the film calming
    at times, which I liked. There are no scenes of people changing
    emphasis in speech, like yelling, having different speech types, (I
    guess), I find these breaking moments really important and makes the
    characters more fascinating.

    Eckhart was an interesting character, and looked like he had more fun
    making this movie.

    The wife was there to give us another reason to love Sully and shows us
    he has a family, but she just… tags along. She makes some really stupid

    Tom Hanks plays a suppressed everyday hero, and it was comforting being
    around him and Hanks gives the character a little bit more of a
    personal element to Sully, but not really an emotional side, or really
    a heroic side. He doesn’t believe in himself and never takes a second
    to realise he did such a great thing. Because the media is everywhere
    he goes assessing him, recording his every move. He never wanted this
    life, so he thinks he made a bad decision in a way, there are bigger
    reasons he thought it was a bad decision but I won’t spoil anything.
    And by this character he plays, Hanks feels very contained in this
    movie, I just wanted him to change his tone, spit out his words faster.
    Something. But never does.

    There are scenes in the movie where Sully dreams up scenarios because
    he is, in a way, going crazy.

    The same dream is shown at least twice in the movie that I can
    remember, the exact same crashing dream and landing scene. The scene in
    the second act of the movie where the plane is landed on the water is
    shown randomly after Sully falls into a dream at a pub. Not 100% sure,
    but it was something like that. All I remember is that it felt really
    out of place, when in the third act of the movie when he listens to the
    audio file of the event in a court hearing, the audio recorded in the
    plane shows us the exact same visual scene and in a better context, it
    made sense for it to be there!

    There is really too many cuts from the past to the present to even more
    in the past. Once you get invested in one time period it jumps to a
    different one, and then when you like that time period, it jumps again.
    It would be a lot more convincing if it told it in a chronological
    order, except for the land itself. It was smart having it at the end.
    So the mixture of flashbacks and flash forwards in this movie didn’t
    really work and was kind of jumbled throughout the movie. The movie
    lacks from the placing choices and ultimately made the rest of the
    flashbacks a little useless and annoying as it took us away from the
    personal story of Sully we were following.

    Although at times was entertained, mostly in the third act, the
    entertainment value wasn’t all there. And even though I enjoyed the
    movie, I’m not too sure if it should have been made into a movie in the
    first place. It was a little hard to make a story around the material
    Eastwood picked, because as it said in the real life and the synopsis
    of the film that all passengers survived, so it’s not really a heart
    pounding when a person starts drifting away from the plane, when Sully
    said at the start of the movie that everyone is living. So unless you
    have amnesia these scenes won’t be as frightening and thrilling as it
    could’ve been.

    I enjoyed Sully and it had my whole family awed by the ending still
    days later after coming back from the cinema, in a positive way. This
    is a quiet movie, with good performances, with some great scenes that
    goes well with the soundtrack. The movie brings up questions that were
    intended to be unanswered. So is this movie good? Definitely. Is this
    movie great? Kinda. Is it a masterpiece? Not in my eyes. Too many
    faults and missed opportunities for me to really call it a great movie,
    but I enjoyed it, and I think you will too.

    Overall : B-

  • ArunNovember 25, 2016Reply

    Felt that the movie diluted the Heroic Deed !

    Felt that unnecessary drama was entwined around a real life heroic deed
    thereby by diluting it. How long will we tolerate pot-bellied short &
    bald men asking mean questions so that the viewers will get sympathy on
    the hero ? Hanks reaction seemed to be too cold in the aftermath of the
    bird strike which seemed too artificial. Thank goodness that the story
    line did not unnecessarily get into the personal lives of the
    passengers. Just felt that there wasn’t enough meat in this real story
    that could have made it to the movie. We could have settled for a
    national geographic episode on ”Aircraft Investigation” to get more
    scientific analysis and viewpoints.Hats off to the real hero Captain
    Sullenberger and let the real story stay with him.

  • hollywoodpsychicNovember 27, 2016Reply

    Clint Eastwood’s Shortest Directorial Work is Also His Most Padded

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  • moonspinner55November 27, 2016Reply

    A masterful recreation of a recent aviation event

    A US Airways jet with 155 passengers plus crew leaves LaGuardia Airport
    Jan. 15, 2009 in the early morning hours, experiencing trouble after
    just three minutes in the air: dual-engine failure due to bird strike.
    The pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and co-pilot, Jeffrey Skiles
    remarkably manage to land the plane on the Hudson River with no
    causalities, although the National Transportation Safety Board isn’t
    quick to call ”Sully” a hero. Director-co-producer Clint Eastwood does
    superb technical work, and no expense has been spared to make us feel
    we are in that plane as it splashes down in the freezing water.
    However, the investigation by the NTSB (portrayed as a bunch of
    sniveling villains) into Sullenberger’s quick actions are heavy-handed,
    while the segues to Sullenberger’s worried wife back home are equally
    dim (she isn’t turned on by the media excitement, she can’t sleep and
    she’s worried about money). Eastwood certainly does well by his leading
    actors: Tom Hanks (with white hair as Sully) and Aaron Eckhart are both
    terrific, as is the intense, realistic action taking place on Flight
    1549. An uneven film overall, though most often a powerful and
    emotional adventure. *** from ****

  • TimeaNovember 29, 2016Reply


    First of all, I want to say that this is a great movie with great
    acting – and not just from Tom Hanks, but from everyone. The film was
    interesting and although I knew what was going to happen, it still made
    me anxious. Most part of the movie was like watching the plane crash
    documentary series on National Geographic, but with much nicer looking
    people and an inside view about the actions. And that is a really good
    thing. The only thing I had a problem with was the first part of the
    film, the first half hour. I cannot understand why they did it like
    that. It wasn’t a problem for me that they didn’t start with the flight
    and the landing on Hudson, I think it was a great move, but I felt they
    couldn’t make that first 30 minutes interesting, the scenes were good
    in that first 30 minutes, but it may needed some more editing. Other
    than that great movie and I definitely think I’m going to watch it
    again – maybe the first part will get better for the second time 🙂

  • ([email protected])November 30, 2016Reply

    A movie based on a non-story

    I went to see Sully with a good deal of curiosity, curiosity to see how
    two heavy-weights such as Eastwood and Hanks would put up what could
    only be as a minimum a strong movie in absence of an underlying story.
    In fact, the events involving flight US Airways 1549 present a very
    thin story indeed: take-off, engine failure, emergency landing on the
    Hudson – all taking 208 seconds, plus rescue operation. A miracle
    indeed, but paradoxically a pretty simple and linear one, without much
    else attached to these sheer facts. So what was left for the movie was
    another superlative performance by Tom Hanks and the very professional
    direction of Clint Eastwood, but it remains a very thin story, with an
    attempt to inject some tension through the NTSB investigation, which is
    a usual routine after every incident, which is the movie is
    artificially dramatized. So, I walked into the cinema with great
    curiosity and I left with the question why did Eastwood picked up such
    a light story for his movie.

  • Blue CloudDecember 1, 2016Reply

    Believe in yourself

    … even if no one else does.

    Retells the events of 2009, where Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger landed
    an airplane with 155 people on the Hudson river. The story focuses on
    the happenings after the incident, and the investigations whether the
    pilot did the right or the wrong decision, to potentially endanger the
    lives of 155 people.

    This is a very well made movie. Storywise this quite masterpiece by
    Clint Eastwood seems very similar to Robert Zemecki’s ‘Flight’. But in
    truth, they are as far apart as possible. The story built-up with the
    flashbacks mixing with the investigations are superb. Tom Hanks is
    Oscar-worthy (as always), the flight scenes are unspectactular and
    realistic, what moves the viewer are the emotions underneath.

    But all this is unimportant, this is not another well-crafted action
    drama but a masterpiece with underlying message as powerful as it is
    subtle. And I think it was this subtlety that made Eastwood direct this
    film, not the superficial heroism.

    If you ever find yourself in a situation, where everyone criticizes you
    for what felt like is the best thing you can do, and all of a sudden
    what was right seems to be wrong, and you start doubting yourself. The
    movie’s message is: Don’t.

  • ppilfDecember 1, 2016Reply

    The true story of a great modern hero; everybody should see this terrific film!

    He was smarter than the air traffic controllers, the NTSB
    investigators, the flight simulator pilots, the flight simulation
    computers; he even outsmarted fate itself. On January 15, 2009 in New
    York City, 155 airline passengers and crew, plus an unknown number of
    people on the ground were all spared from a horrible and fiery death
    that fate had planned for them on that day. All their lives were saved
    because of one fact: the brain of Captain Chesley Sullenberger was in
    the cockpit of US Airways flight 1549 on that day.

    Forget about presidents, royalty, movie stars, or great scientists; if
    I could choose one famous person that I could meet before I die, it
    would be Chesley Sullenberger.

    Excellent directing, acting, screenplay, editing, and special effects;
    but mostly, the true story of a great modern hero. Everybody should see
    this terrific film!

  • FlashCallahanDecember 1, 2016Reply

    Hudson we have a problem……..

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  • Corey JamesDecember 2, 2016Reply

    Miraculous Heroes

    This review of Sully: Miracle on the Hudson is spoiler free

    **** (4/5)

    ON 9TH November the headlines and Social Media sites were riddled with
    images and headlines of Donald Trump winning the Presidential Election,
    and in our media saturated world where we are bombarded by images of
    heroes and villains overtaking the news. That seems like one of the
    more normal stories. However, if you go back seven years to January
    2009 we were introduced to an unlikely hero when the headlines read
    ”Miracle on the Hudson” the image was of a passenger jet (Airbus A320)
    floating on the Hudson River, the plane had all 155 passengers stood on
    the wings. On the cold afternoon of January 15th 2009 Captain Chesley
    Burnett Sullenberger III nicknamed ‘Sully’ was doing his normal duty of
    flying a full capacity passenger jet from LaGuardia Airport in New York
    until his flight path was interrupted by a flock of Canadian geese, a
    couple of those geese landed in the engine. In the cockpit Chesley and
    his co pilot/best friend Jeff Skiles were thinking of a rather bizarre
    scenario of how they could land the jet, they spent 209 seconds
    thinking about how they could pull it off, without harming any
    passenger. Everyone on board was panicking while the disabled jet went
    gliding towards New York’s Hudson River until it landed all 155
    passengers and crew were saved; Sully was hailed as a national hero.

    Based on Sully’s best selling memoirs Highest Duty: My Search for What
    Really Matters, Clint Eastwood’s Sully explores the untold story of
    this unlikely hero and how he went from being heralded by everyone he
    walked past to being constantly investigated, in many seemingly never
    ending court hearings where he is sat with his best friend/co pilot who
    is in the form of a witness as he is worried about losing his pilot
    license. It seems hard to find an actor who can sell this look very
    convincingly but Eastwood seemed to have his mind set on Tom Hanks who
    is transformed into the exact doppelganger of Sully, and Hanks’
    performance as our hero is electrifying. The movie opens around a year
    after the miraculous incident with Sully envisioning his own demise by
    having a dream of the event happening differently, with the plane he
    was piloting ending up in a building killing and injuring everyone in
    the immediate vicinity of the explosion, stepping into the territorial
    recreation of 9/11. When he wakes the people around him are constantly
    worried even his wife Lorrie Sullenberger (Laura Linney), thinks that
    her husband isn’t the same anymore. His best friend Jeff Skiles (Aaron
    Eckhart) seems to be the only one who can bring him back as he is
    always there with him as someone to rely on for help. Director Eastwood
    made this story in his own typical style with the story telling itself
    as the film unfolds, there are many slow moments were nothing much
    happens Hanks’ charisma manages to pull us through the film’s slower
    moments were the narrative is sadly left empty. Though when we get to
    the showing of the event we it becomes a lot faster showing the
    panicking passengers and the cockpit with Skiles and Sully taking
    charge of the jet which is hurtling out of control.

    It’s a clever use of editing that’s on show as the story manages to
    hold all these things together with some gripping but sadly limited
    drama. The event itself is beautifully done filled with tense moments
    and thrilling camera pans showing the inside and around the outside of
    the jet; though granted the familiarity with other air disaster movies
    takes a giant chunk out of the story but Hanks and Eckhart manage to
    keep the film going and try to strive away from the overall
    familiarity. There are two moments when the narrative of the story’s
    history takes a hold of Sully’s life told in little snippet type
    flashbacks both of them are set around the time when he is in training,
    the first when he is just a child aged around 13 when he lands a bi
    plane successfully, the second shows him flying a damaged fighter jet
    in the air force, it’s another moment that’s added to the overall
    premise making it slightly more human. The scenes after the incident
    mainly contain of never ending court hearings donned by Mike O’Malley’s
    Charles Porter, who is always in constant disbelief at when Sully says
    that he had no choice as he could feel the plane go, he’s more annoying
    to put up with.

    Eastwood’s retelling of the air disaster itself is the strongest part
    of this story helped by his camera transitions panning the outside, the
    panicking passengers screaming, inside the cockpit and back again which
    are all wonderfully adept and gives the film a bit of a Hollywood feel
    but its impressive nonetheless. The sheer sense of speed of the gliding
    jet attempting a landing on the frigid waters, the attention to detail
    the pacing of each disaster scene and sense of overall verisimilitude
    its all Paul Greengrass level stuff and shouldn’t be a problem for
    Eastwood. Though the premise oddly feels familiar with other real life
    air disasters, the sense of heroism in this story takes a gripping hold
    and just the recreation of history repeating itself is nicely done with
    brutal beauty,. Altogether Sully is a beautiful depiction of history
    repeating itself, buoyed by powerful performances that are nothing less
    than Oscar-worthy.

    VERDICT Hanks takes flight in yet another powerful Oscar-worthy title
    role performance, which is gripping, thrilling and certainly one of the
    best air disaster movies ever.

    8/10 thrilling.

  • ArgemalucoDecember 2, 2016Reply


    It initially bummed me out why Sully begins with the scene it did, but
    once the movie ended, I recognized the validity of that audacious
    beginning, because it makes us (retroactively) reflect on the huge
    tension suffered by pilot Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger during those
    fatidical three minutes and a half on a cold day of January 2009. Sully
    is an excellent film made with a remarkable narrative sobriety and
    emotional moderation, employing an agile non- linear structure to
    examine multiple aspects of the accident of the flight 1549, including
    the point of view of the passengers, the pilot, the first officer, the
    control tower, multiple ocular witnesses… anyway, all the possible
    perspectives in order to draw a fascinating portrait of the ”miracle on
    the Hudson”, and allow the events to speak by themselves. Besides,
    Sully displays the psychological consequences suffered by Sullenberger
    after the event, from the surrealism of instantaneous fame to the
    internal doubts about the decision which made him famous… and which
    might destroy his reputation as a pilot, ruining a perfect career which
    went through for more than 40 years. Tom Hanks brings another perfect
    performance as the ”ordinary man trapped into extraordinary
    circumstances”; his work is subtle, while perfectly transmitting all
    the emotions his character goes through. Besides, Aaron Eckhart, Anna
    Gunn, Mike O’Malley and the great Laura Linney also bring solid
    performances. In conclusion, even though the events of the ”miracle on
    the Hudson” were widely reported in TV news from all around the world,
    Sully brings a compelling ”human factor” to that anecdote, and I bring
    it a very enthusiastic recommendation.

  • James De BelloDecember 2, 2016Reply


    ”Sully” is the real life story centering around the event that came to
    be called ”The Miracle on the Hudson”. Sully Sullenberger (Tom Hanks)
    and Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) were two airline pilots who on the 15th
    of January 2009 found themselves at loss of both engines at a record
    low altitude. Thankfully to their committed professionalism they
    managed to land the plane on the Hudson just 208 seconds after the
    incident without the loss of any lives both inside and outside the
    plane. Unfortunately, both the airline officials had to face tough
    times in the aftermath of the incident, during an investigation that
    mistakenly led to believe the two pilots hadn’t done their job

    The ever so prolific Clint Eastwood is back with another real life
    picture and yet another time he delivers a story that is well told and
    filled with great performances, even if there might be not that
    interesting of a story to tell, the efficiency of Eastwood in the use
    of the cinematic medium makes for nevertheless a worthy 90 minute

    By saying that the story to tell here might not be interesting I am in
    no way, shape or form belittling the amazing feat that Sully and Skiles
    pulled off, nor denying their heroism in doing so, what I am saying is
    that the overall dramatic content that the situation and the story
    entail isn’t exactly structured in a way that that brings an audience
    to feel naturally moved or emotional. The archs are pretty straight
    forward and predictable, the resolution really anticlimactic and
    overall there isn’t any thematic content that gives the story a
    cinematic effect. The run-time of the film is reflective of how, even
    in real life, no matter how extraordinary the events, this was a pretty
    self contained and short spanning occurrence.

    Yet, if on one side we have to recognize the cinematic limitations this
    film has and how this reflects on the overall experience, on the other
    the effect to which Eastwood manages to bring it to the screen and make
    it as cinematic as possible. To me he actually showed in the film a
    self-consciousness about everything mentioned above and managed to play
    towards that at different moments, giving the picture a sense of
    realism and everyday life that is remarkable. The calm of the pilots
    during the incident, the offbeat disorientation of the passengers
    during the situation, the strange tranquillity with which the rescuers
    approach the plane and ultimately the way in which the characters cope
    with the situation in the immediate aftermath, everything contributed
    into giving the film a real sense of the situation that was incredibly
    surprising and fresh to see and better not, it gave the film its
    moments of greatest dramatic effect.

    Of course, one couldn’t go about reviewing the film without mentioning
    Tom Hanks, that seems to be the standard with all of his movies. I
    think that even in the very short span of time I have been doing it I
    have already run out of words to describe him: ”Saving Mr. Banks”,
    ”Captain Philips”, ”Cloud Atlas”, ”Bridge of Spies” and now this. It is
    baffling to see how he still cannot manage to turn ion a performance
    that is less than amazing, he is a real authentic actor, when you see
    him on screen there is no filter to his performance, you see how he is
    really living the moment and it is always a pleasure to experience.
    Aaron Eckhart is great too and definitely the standout in the rest of
    the cast, he is someone that infidelity deserves to be seen more in
    these kind of supporting roles as he always excels in them.

    Overall ”Sully” won’t give the audience any kind of gut wrenching,
    white-knuckle experience because of its limited content, but the
    picture that Eastwood presents us with is as good of what we could have
    asked from it.

  • rodrig58December 3, 2016Reply


    Well, Mr. Clint Eastwood does not make bad movies, never ever, on the
    contrary. Another cool role made by Tom Hanks, after ”Forrest Gump,”
    ”Cast Away” and ”A Hologram for the King”. Aaron Eckhart is good too in
    the role of the co-pilot. Good also Mike O’Malley, Anna Gunn, Jamey
    Sheridan, the three actors in the investigative commission. Very
    emotional the scenes from the plane before landing in the cold water of
    the Hudson River. The subject is unique and truly exceptional recreated
    by the team from Malpaso Company. I even laughed heartily, after a long
    long time that I did not laugh at all, at the co-pilot Jeff Skiles
    replica at the end of the film, as it would have preferred to land in

  • MazenDecember 3, 2016Reply

    Overrated but watchable

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  • Luke AndrewsDecember 3, 2016Reply

    Lands comfortably as a captivating yet short biopic.

    Another biographical disaster movie, Sully is about Captain Chesley
    Sullenberger and the landing on the Hudson river in January 2009 and
    the media frenzy and investigation that followed those events. I
    remember this news story when I was in school, I did not read too much
    into it (was probably a bit too young at the time to fully understand
    it). Originally I thought they would struggle to make the film
    enthralling enough, but with Clint Eastwood directing it was bound to
    be good. Firstly Tom Hanks yet again shines, it’s safe to say that he
    is one of the ultimate Hollywood bankable stars. It was quite an
    understated performance as Sully himself is rather reserved and hides
    his emotions, I thought Hanks did well. It’s good to see Aaron Eckhart
    as one of the main roles, I find him to be rather underrated and so was
    pleasantly surprised to find out he was in this. Acting aside, the main
    star as with all of his films is Clint Eastwood. His directing style is
    very simple yet effective, nothing fancy just clean realistic camera
    work. You can tell that the actors in his films appreciate him as a
    director and work well with him. The scenes of the plane landing in the
    Hudson river were excellently shot and yet somehow, even though we know
    what happens, it is still mesmerising and tense to watch. I like how
    the story played out with the fact that Sully could have landed at an
    airport and actually the more intense scenes are when the flight
    simulators are playing…it did raise the question: could Sully have
    prevented an emergency landing on the Hudson? This brings me to the
    negatives of the film, and that is the runtime is ridiculously short.
    88 minutes for a biographical film!? Nonsense! If you can’t make a
    biopic more than 2 hours long then you do not have enough source
    material. I appreciate that the film was not longed out for the sake of
    it, but it was far too short for us to be invested in the characters
    completely and that is a massive shame. There were scenes regarding
    Sully’s past, but even them did not add anything to the story or any
    emotional impact. An extra 10 minutes on the investigation or maybe the
    survivors could have made the film more investing. Overall, Sully was
    an interesting biographical film about a recent news story with great
    performances and direction, but the extremely short runtime hinders the
    character and story investment.

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  • brankovranjkovicDecember 3, 2016Reply

    Sully – Brace for Impact

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  • mike davidDecember 4, 2016Reply

    Why? A run of the mill, predictable, done before bore-fest, but not bad.

    Who cares? That’s the question I asked about halfway through Sully.

    First off, it’s as predictable a story there is. It only occurred a few
    years ago and in the first ten minutes, it’s confirmed the story is
    going exactly where you thought: there’s no surprises. For
    entertainment’s sake, Eastwood effectively has to throw in a dream
    sequence where the plane crashes into a building before Hanks wakes up.

    Plane crash movies have also been overdone. Wasn’t Flight just a few
    years ago? It was much more compelling and more unpredictable. But then
    there’s just been so many flight films. The one with Liam Neeson, the
    Grey where the plane crashes, and too many more to name. The thing
    about them though is at least they were about more than a predictable
    plane landing.

    Hanks is, well, Hanks. He’s not Sully, and is far removed from his
    Oscar caliber wins for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia. Wow, look at him
    jog in those scenes! He’s decent, but no way should he beat out Andrew
    Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge.

    Speaking of Hacksaw Ridge, another biopic true story this year, it
    actually has something to say and a reason behind it. There’s no way
    Sully should win a nomination over it in any competing category (voters
    take note).

    It’s not a bad film, but is incredibly ”run on the mill”, and like I
    thought before watching it, I still don’t know why this was made into a
    big movie. It would’ve worked fine on Lifetime.

    The final half hour exits the clichés and saves it.


  • samanhanksDecember 4, 2016Reply

    One of year’s very best movies. Kudos to Eastwood

    what a fantastic masterpiece from the veteran master filmmaker Clint
    Eastwood. He delivers always. Sully, Eastwood’s latest drama, is his
    best and finest achievement since Gran Torino. His minimalist approach
    toward miracle on the Hudson story and his superb, clean, well-detailed
    and Oscar worthy direction along with one of the best performances of
    year from The Great Tom Hanks and awesome Aaron Eckhart in supporting
    role turns this story into a solid, engaging and fabulous film. one of
    year very best films. Kudos to The wonderful cinematographer Tom Stern
    and the ingenious screenplay from Todd Komarnicki. Direction: 10
    Acting:10 Cinematography: 10 Editing: 10 Screenplay: 10
    —————————- Overall: 10 out of 10

  • ab-23-447707December 4, 2016Reply

    Wafer thin material but well handled

    Finally had a chance to catch this and it wasn’t quite as bad as i
    expected but found it quite interesting watching how they had padded
    out the story to fill the time.

    Sully goes for a jog, Sully calls his wife, Sully drinks some watered
    down vodka, Sully lands his F-4, Sully goes for another jog then calls
    his wife again.

    While the flight reenactments were well done the NTSB hearings
    particularly the ”showdown” toward the end was rather comical. As
    anyone who’s read a NTSB report would tell you one of their big things
    is analyzing the human performance of the crew as a team during the
    event which made the Airbus reenactments especially laughable as would
    the need for the crew to have to point out the human factor to
    investigators in the first place.

    One thing i would give them though was the examination of the likely
    results if he had gone for one of the airports rather than ditching. OK
    given the skinny material on offer but the invented conflict was just

  • alex (doorsscorpywag)December 4, 2016Reply

    Fine film of an extraordinary day in New York.

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  • Faisal SadaqatDecember 5, 2016Reply

    Experience matters!

    A very good movie about experience, skills & execution.

    It clearly shows that humans are very different from computers.

    Let’s not forget that computers are build by the very human beings!

    Tom Hanks at his usual best!

    This movie is a totally worth-it watch! The direction, the actual
    incident put into a movie…top notch!

    You save one soul, you save the whole humanity.

    You save 155 souls, then think what all did you save 🙂

    BRAVO to the REAL & RELL ”SULLY”. You saved lives, that is ALL THAT

    Tom Hanks…the perfectionist!

  • neoduricDecember 5, 2016Reply

    Fascinating story

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  • Gonzalo LlancaDecember 5, 2016Reply

    It’s intelligent!!

    This film tells the story of Sully, a United States pilot, That after
    making the decision to fall to the Hudson River, should To face the law
    for the actions I take.

    The first good thing I see in this movie is the incredible Performances
    by Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhar, especially Tom Hanks. It gives a Sense
    of seriousness to the character, proving that he is a hard man. Aaron
    Eckhart is very well not like Tom Hanks, but very well. The Actor’s
    ability to level off better actors than he is very Good. The script is
    very well done, very well structured. Their Flashbacks are very sudden
    but efficient to tell us very well The story, well done Todd

    The bad of this movie are Small things in good parts that are added,
    are few. He Character that plays the actress Valerie Mahaffey I think
    very Unnecessary, obviously should appear, but not for so long. The
    Needed from the North American Aeronautical Bureau to sue They seemed
    very forced, they would have talked more on that subject.

    And one Personal opinion that may or may not be part of the opinion,
    when Birds are flying ahead of the plane YOU WILL NOT HAVE HAPPENED TO
    ROTATE OR DO SOMETHING! ”O! We have a giant thing in front of us that
    we make? Let’s do nothing. What a good idea!

  • 851222December 5, 2016Reply

    Great film about a true hero

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    ”Sully” (2016) is simply a great movie anyway you look at it. It is
    superb recreation of the fated flight itself and what happened
    afterwards. I was highly involved into this story even knowing the
    outcome and heard a little bit before this movie of what happened next.

    Acting was amazing by Tom Hanks. After seeing the true Chesley ‘Sully’
    Sullenberger on some interviews i couldn’t take my eyes from Mr. Hanks
    – he IS Sully in here. Others were also very good, and you can’t expect
    anything else actually from a movie by Clint Eastwood. It is superbly
    crafted motion picture about event that probably everyone of us saw it
    on TV during its time.

    Overall, ”Sully” is perfectly paced, superbly crafted motion picture.
    It shows an absolutely true story and delivers you to the plain itself
    during the event. Great movie.

  • Ernst LeBiekDecember 5, 2016Reply

    Not very inspiring

    Sully – They say that corporate Hollywood is primarily about making
    movies for 10 year old (both mentally and physically), that’s where the
    money apparently is. This movie is the living proof. Now, if you’re on
    the same page with me, I need not elaborate. If not, I couldn’t help
    you anyway.

    Particularly annoying in this effort though, is the use of cheap Extras
    for the passengers, for additional profits if I could venture a guess.

    The only thing they got right is the ”Big Bertha from Auschwitz”,
    chief-stewardess. Her bossiness is unfortunately quite typical in all
    forms of public service nowadays.

    The good news is, it avoids the irritating trend of patronizing
    minorities in general and Blacks in particular. Also, the perennial
    plastic coffee container with baby lid, or alternatively bottled water,
    everybody is carrying around at all times, is conspicuously absent.

    In defense of Tom Hanks and, as a long time observer of body language,
    he did not appear too happy with what he was told to do. (So I’ll give
    it a 5, the majority loves a hart rendering soapy any day, never mind
    us slobs who expect a little more)

  • Logan HarbeckDecember 6, 2016Reply

    Overall a well formed dramatic biographic film.

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  • FaresMoqDecember 6, 2016Reply

    very disappointed. great story to be told, the movie told it poorly.

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  • shahrukh-rawDecember 7, 2016Reply

    Good movie ,displaying a true life saving event in a best possible way. The plot ,the cinematography and cast everything was on point. Enjoyed watching it .Its a must watch.

    It is among One of the very few movies that have depicted a true story
    in a true way.The plot was excellent cast selection was perfect. Tom
    hanks delivered it well. The title ‘Sully’ was great as he was the hero
    .The landing scene and cockpit conversation was brilliantly shot.The
    faithful and determined character of sully was inspiring .The movie had
    all the emotional part in it.One cannot simply get bored of watching it
    twice. The investigation part was good and well delivered.Its a must
    watch movie not only for a specific genre but for all. It wont let you
    move away from the screen. would love to watch it again with my

  • freemantle_ukDecember 7, 2016Reply

    Don’t watch if you’re going on a flight

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  • Martin Bradley ([email protected])December 8, 2016Reply


    I have always maintained that Clint Eastwood may be the last of the
    great ‘classical’ directors still working in Hollywood, despite the
    fact that he has only been making films since the 1970’s. Like Hawks
    and Wyler and, to a large extent his mentor Don Siegel before him,
    there is nothing ostentatious or showy about his films, preferring
    instead to rely on narrative and casting. His films are usually about
    strong, almost silent, men who prove themselves capable of almost
    superhuman displays of strength, if not in any literal sense, certainly
    of character. In the past he often took on that role himself but he’s
    86 now and is unlikely to appear in front of the camera again anytime

    In ”Sully” the central character is played by that most unassuming of
    actors Tom Hanks in what may be a career-best performance. He is, of
    course, Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed US Airways Flight
    1549 on the Hudson River on 15th January, 2009 with no loss of life.
    Hailed instantly as a hero by the world at large, Sully had still to
    clear his name with the aviation authority who initially claimed he
    could have safely returned the plane to La Guardia; Sully argued

    For a film where the outcome is already known it remains both
    incredibly exciting as well as deeply moving, testament to both
    Eastwood’s direction and Hank’s acting. He is the lynch-pin of a
    first-rate ensemble that includes Aaron Eckhart at his very best as his
    co-pilot and Laura Linney as Sully’s wife. She literally phones in her
    performance, appearing on the phone in everyone of her scenes. She’s
    still superb, proving yet again just how good an actress she is. When,
    I kept asking myself, is someone going to write a great role for Linney
    the way they do with a certain Miss Streep. As for the real Sully, I
    can’t think of a more fitting tribute to the man than this. Eastwood’s
    magnificent direction and Hank’s magnificent performance do him proud.

  • bob-the-movie-manDecember 8, 2016Reply

    No, not ”Monsters Inc 3”

    Chesley Sullenberger was just a very experienced US Airways pilot
    starting an everyday job flying from LaGuardia airport in New York to
    Charlotte when fate stepped in. Following an extensive bird strike and
    the loss of both engines, ‘Sully’ achieved worldwide fame by landing
    his aircraft and all 151 passengers and crew safely on the Hudson
    river. Sully is immediately acclaimed by the public as a hero; US
    Airways, and their insurers, however, are not necessarily as impressed
    given that their plane has got rather soggy when the flight data
    suggests it might have actually been able to make it to a landing at a
    number of nearby airports. So a National Transportation Safety Board
    (NTSB) inquiry is called, where a decision against Sully could see him
    facing the fastest fall from grace since Icarus.

    This film is obviously based on this real-life ‘Miracle on the Hudson’
    and to a large extent the recreation of the crash…. sorry… ”forced
    water landing” is both vivid and gripping. The film is certainly
    unlikely to make the regular list of in-flight movies for nervous
    passengers, but it does serve as a good training film for all of those
    regular airline passengers who don’t ”put down their reading materials”
    to listen to the aircraft safety announcement.

    Director Clint Eastwood has delivered a highly watchable action
    sequence showcasing the undisputed acting talents of Tom Hanks (playing
    Sully) and his Aaron Eckhard (”Olympus Has Fallen”, playing the
    co-pilot Jeff Skiles). This makes for a great 45 minute film. The
    problem is the other 51 minutes.

    Where the film works well – aside from the actual recreation itself –
    is in representing the post-traumatic stress experienced by Sully, with
    his insomnia and regular flashbacks of ‘what might have happened’
    (anyone still strongly affected by 9/11 will struggle with these
    scenes). The final NTSB hearing scenes are also well-done and suitably
    gripping: particularly for viewers outside of the UK where we wouldn’t
    have heard the outcome of the affair once the news cycle had moved on
    from the ‘gee- whizz’ headline event.

    Where the film aquaplanes somewhat is in the padding achieved through
    multiple (MULTIPLE!) scenes of New Yorkers back-slapping Sully. Some of
    this is needed to establish the pedestal that Sully is set upon: the
    bar scene, for example, is well done. But all the rest of the
    references become just plain tiresome.

    There is also a back-story focused on Sully’s financial problems and
    rather scratchy marriage (as portrayed) to Lorraine (Laura Linney).
    Linney is normally a highly-watchable actress, but here her character
    is just so irritating that the mood of the film plummets every time she
    reappears on screen.

    The key problem that screenwriter Todd Komarnicki (”Elf”!!) had here is
    the obvious one: that as a real-event (based on Sullenberger’s own book
    ”Highest Duty”) he would have had more scope to build tension if the
    flight had lasted more than 208 seconds! We end up with little
    visibility into the back-stories of the passengers. We get to see a
    father and two grown-up sons who – as fate would have it – just manage
    to catch the doomed plane: and we end up caring what happens to them.
    But this approach could have perhaps been usefully extended to feature
    more of the passenger back-stories (without getting the full ”Airport”
    soap treatment).

    Clint Eastwood is also clearly an All-American patriot, and in common
    with some of his other films he can’t help himself from putting up
    rather soupy statements about the self-sacrifice of New Yorkers (”the
    best of New York came together”): when actually the rescue teams did
    what they were paid to do and Ferry captains did what you or I would do
    if we stumbled on the scene! These sentiments might go down well in the
    States: in the cynical UK they tend to generate snorts of irritation.

    What IS nice are a couple of scenes during the closing credits where
    the real Sully, Skiles, cabin-crew and passengers appear together in a
    celebration of continued life against all the odds. And just so you are
    aware, this is done as two separate segments during the titles, so if
    you don’t want to be one of those people standing in the aisles with
    your coat half on, then wait for the second one!

    A curate’s egg of a film: great in places, but overall not as well
    executed as it could have been.

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  • Andrew MarshallDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Hanks is so watchable

    There aren’t that many actors around at the moment who are guaranteed
    to swell the box office, but Tom Hanks is certainly one of them.
    Regardless of the role Hanks is just so watchable.

    Sully tells the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger who captained the
    US Airways flight that landed on the Hudson. There is always an issue
    with a movie based on a real event (especially when it’s so recent) as
    everyone knows what is going to happen. I wasn’t certain exactly about
    the length of the flight, but was pretty sure beforehand that it was
    less than 10 minutes. The obvious question is how can this be stretched
    out into a feature movie. This is achieved by basing the movie on the
    ‘crash’ investigation. Whilst this is a little clunky at time it mostly
    works. As ever Hanks is excellent in the lead role and it’s nice that
    the real life people had a little cameo at the end of the movie. If you
    like Hanks you’ll enjoy the movie.

  • rogerdarlingtonDecember 8, 2016Reply

    Eastwood and Hanks make this a movie to raise the spirits

    On 15 January 2009, Captain Chesley B ”Sully” Sullenberger III had to
    take over the controls of US Airways flight 1549 when when a flock of
    Canada geese hit his Airbus 320 and knocked out both engines. The
    aircraft had only just taken off from New York’s La Guardia airport and
    he judged that he did not have enough altitude to return to La Guardia
    or reach nearby Teterboro and decided to land on the freezing waters of
    the Hudson River. All 155 passengers and crew survived. Between the
    engines dying and the splashdown on the Hudson, there were just 3
    minutes and 32 seconds. How doe one make a film about such a short
    period of time when the outcome was known to the world at the time?

    Well, master craftsman Clint Eastwood (now in his mid 80s), who
    produced and directed, has done it – and extremely well – by deploying
    three techniques. First, he revisits those few minutes again and again,
    showing different perspectives, including a nightmare and simulation
    exercises, and each time the tension is almost paralysing. Second, he
    examines the subsequent investigation by the National Transportation
    Safety Board which questioned Sully’s decision – something I had not
    appreciated until the publicity for the film. Third, he has the perfect
    casting of Tom Hanks as Sully who is totally credible as the eponymous
    and heroic pilot.

    Clever visual effects and superb sound put the viewer right into the
    action. But, if there is any need to remind you that this actually
    happened, the credits are enlivened with photographs of the aircraft on
    the river, with passengers stretched out along both wings, and a clip
    of Sully, his wife and some of the passengers having an emotional
    reunion. Over his long career, Eastwood has had a recurrent theme of
    the lone hero acting without the full support of authority – all the
    way from ”Dirty Harry” to ”American Sniper” – and, in that vein, a
    criticism that one unfortunately has to make of ”Sully” is that it
    unfairly represents the NTSB officials as hostile to the pilots rather
    than doing a professional job designed to learn lessons and make

    For aviation buffs, there is some fascinating detail about cockpit
    procedures, air traffic control, and flight simulations. Plus the NTSB
    inquiry shows the complexity of modern aviation (the film suggests that
    the hearings followed hard on the incident but it was a process that in
    reality took some 15 months). A interesting note: Sully had never flown
    before with his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (ably played by Aaron Eckhart).
    Finally, although this is a wonderfully feel-good movie for the viewer,
    we should remember that most of those involved – including Sullenberger
    – suffered serious post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • writers_reignDecember 9, 2016Reply

    Sorry, Right Number

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  • alindsay-alDecember 9, 2016Reply

    A great interesting film

    With tom hanks in a film depicting a true event I was excited to see
    him hopefully deliver a great performance in an interesting film and I
    got what I wanted. The premise of this film sees a pilot crash land his
    plane on the river and saves everyone on the plane. But the plane
    authorities are looking into if he made the right decision. Tom hanks
    plays sully the pilot and he is absolutely incredible in this film, he
    gives such a great performance and you are totally invested in his
    character. His character is very interesting and you are incredibly
    sympathetic to the situation h I put in when h just thought he was
    doing his job. I suspect hanks will be in contention for the Oscar when
    the time comes. Also giving a fantastic possible Oscar worthy
    performance is Aaron Eckhart who gives his best performance since the
    dark knight. Him and hanks have great chemistry together and you buy
    there friendship as they both try and get through the situation. He
    also adds allot of humour to this film which was desperately needed to
    add levity to the characters. Laura linney plays hanks wife and she
    does a really good job especially when you consider her and hanks have
    limited screen time together and I fully bought into their relationship
    and cared about how it develops. The rest of the supporting cast all
    feel like real people and they add allot of depth to the scenes that
    don’t involve hanks. The story is incredibly interesting as you see
    this normal guy get overcome by the pressure that he is put under an
    you see him cracking under this investigation and you really do care.
    But I felt like this film could have been a little longer to complete
    some story arcs also this ending is pretty abrupt. The script is
    fantastic and adds to the humanity of these characters with great
    dramatic and humorous dialogue that truly helps you care about these
    people in the film. The style of this film is a bit of a mixed bag, I
    love all the scenes involving the actual crash as you truly feel the
    drama that is going on And care about every person that is on the
    plane. But there are certain aspects of this film just feel out of
    place such as some flashbacks. Overall though I really enjoyed this
    film and recommend that everybody sees it that is interested in it.

  • Figgy66-915-598470December 9, 2016Reply

    Brilliant portrayal of a potentially catastrophic event

    9 December 2016 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight – Sully.
    It’s a strange experience to write about a film based on true events,
    even more so when you can remember the actual event occurring in real
    time. The landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New
    York was testament to the skill and experience of Captain Chelsey
    Sullenberger and his Co-pilot Jeff Skiles as he brought the bird to an
    almost unheard of safe, yet watery landing which saved all 155 souls on
    board. Immediately hailed a hero by the media and pretty much the whole
    of the TV watching, social media connected world, Sully’s bravery and
    heroism was quickly brought into doubt by the NTSB enquiry which seemed
    to suggest that he needn’t have landed on the river at all. The cast
    was very cleverly assembled, bringing together a group of officials who
    were smugly sanctimonious and utterly sure they were bringing an
    airline pilot to task for a sure fire mistake which had almost cost
    people their lives. History tells us they were wrong but the film had
    me wanting to put these people in their place as I was itching to shout
    at the screen and remind them what a hero Sully really was. A first
    collaboration for director Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks, it was
    superbly shot and CGI has come on a long way enabling us to really
    believe the plane on our screens was hitting the water. Tom Hanks is a
    consummate professional, an actor who assumes the character of every
    role he plays with a flair you don’t find in many other actors, and he
    brought the personality of Sully to the screen with skill and
    compassion which made us really believe we could read the thoughts and
    feel the emotions of the man he was portraying. This was one of the
    rare films where I didn’t move in my seat until it had ended. A
    definite watch!!!!

  • 2karl-December 10, 2016Reply

    a fairy tale in new York as a hero comes along to perfect a river landing

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  • Charlie PicartDecember 10, 2016Reply

    The Content is better than the movie

    Not sure I understand the positive reviews this movie gets. Or maybe I
    do: it rides on Eastwood’s talent as a director and Hanks’ talent as an
    actor. Yes ”Sully” does offer some nice visuals, good directing – there
    is no denying Clint Eastwood is a great director. Similarly, Hanks’
    portrayal as Sully is good – no denying this.

    But this movie is far from being the best from both of them. The story
    ends abruptly and easily – making the whole plot seem a little shaky to
    begin with. And Hanks is a cool composed pilot. And that’s basically

    The landing scenes are impressive and there’s no denying the story of
    the miracle on the Hudson is worth telling…but it feels like this
    could have been a 30 minute documentary. Not sure the movie actually
    builds anything worth rewatching several times.

  • Guy JeffriesDecember 10, 2016Reply

    A good tribute, but not Eastwood’s or Hanks best work.

    Clint Eastwood gives us the untold story of Chesley Sullenberger, the
    pilot who successfully crash landed an Airbus A320 onto the Hudson
    River when it suffered dual engine failure from being hit by a gaggle
    of geese.

    Now some of us might expect a long, drawn out picture of what happened
    on that day, especially with it being from Eastwood who’s known for
    doing films that would last much longer than the flight itself. But no,
    it’s Eastwood’s shortest film to date with a flight time of only

    It’s not about the passengers or the families relating to, nor is it
    about the flight crew or the other people involved in the rescue,
    however all these people are played out in the film; it’s just very
    focused on Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger and details the events after
    the incident. Rightly so.

    We know, or should know the details of the incredible emergency water
    landing that happened back in January 2009. Sully flying a routine US
    Airways flight 1549 from New York to Charlotte but lost power to both
    engines shortly after taking off and being at a considered low
    altitude. What does one do in that situation?

    What makes up the bulk of the story is how Sully is treated in the wake
    of the event by the press, the general public and most importantly
    coming under scrutiny from the National Transport Safety Board who, I
    suppose are just doing their job, but to question a seasoned pilot with
    20,000hrs over a 40yr flying career who saved the lives of everyone on
    board hardly makes sense.

    There’s quite a bit of turbulence in the structure of the film, jumping
    about with flashbacks and interviews, though this doesn’t make it hard
    to follow, not at all. It’s actually better that it’s a not direct,
    linear film working towards the conclusion.

    I couldn’t decide if this wanted to be a courtroom drama, because I
    don’t think it’s intended to be one. It’s interesting to see the
    questions and emotional impact of those questions on Sully, was he a
    hero or did he actually endanger the lives of everyone on board.

    it’s just a film about how ordinary people who do extraordinary things
    to then get questioned. He’s a real life avenger made to question and
    doubt his actions.

    As expected, strong performance for Hanks and Eckhart is good as
    co-pilot Skiles, but everything else is a little disjointed. The
    re-enactment of the crash landing is impressive and is probably the
    stand out image piece of the film, the rest made up of script.

    A different and interesting score/soundtrack provided by Christian
    Jacob and The Tierney Sutton Band in collaboration with Eastwood, as he
    tends to do his own scores as well. (Mystic River being a personal
    fave.) It’s soft, easy-listening and embellished by spiritual jazz
    songs. On a side note, not that it appears on the soundtrack, not
    suiting the film, but the song ”A Real Hero” by College and Electric
    Youth was actually inspired by this event, well know for featuring on
    the Drive soundtrack.

    It’s a good story and tribute to Sully, otherwise known as the miracle
    on the Hudson but it’s missing something, maybe not aiming to be such a
    spectacle, but it’s feels rushed, almost like a part-time film,
    complete but if not for flying scenes, it could be mistaken as a TV
    movie, certainly not either Eastwood’s or Hank’s best work.

    Running Time: 7 The Cast: 8 Performance: 8 Direction: 8 Story: 8
    Script: 8 Creativity: 6 Soundtrack: 7 Job Description: 4 The Extra
    Bonus Points: 0 Would I buy the Bluray?: Possibly, not a priority buy.

    64% 6/10

  • Aussie Movie ReviewsDecember 10, 2016Reply

    Eastwood and Hanks = Greatness

    8/10. The true story of Captain Sully, who after losing both engines,
    manages to safely land his plane in the Hudson River.

    Another feather in Clint Eastwoods director hat, he does an amazing job
    portraying the actual events of this 2009 crash. Tom Hanks as he
    usually does, does a marvellous job, he is cool and collected and shows
    great calmness playing Captain Sully. I like the fact that this film
    doesn’t labour on for too long, and wraps up the whole story in 96
    minutes, something that is different for Eastwood.

    I would put a recommendation on this movie, and really enjoyed it.
    Sully Movie #sully

  • hanni-kajar-590-960342December 10, 2016Reply

    Great movie

    Tom Hanks was sensational as always. Excellent film by Eastwood and Tom
    Hanks.If anything, the film is perfect is showing what happened, from
    multiple perspectives, of the events of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’
    Hanks may got a Best Actor nomination for it! This movie perfectly
    portrayed the incredible story of what really happened on the Hudson.
    It was very inspiring and suspenseful, not to mention the portrayal of
    the events was laid out in an excellent time line throughout the movie.
    ”Sully” is cleverly constructed, well paced, and of course, very well
    acted. Always enjoy watching Tom Hanks do his thing. Eastwood has made
    another solid tribute to one of America’s great heroes. I would
    definitely watch this again.

  • Venom_81December 10, 2016Reply

    a nice movie based on human aspect

    This is a Clint Eastwood movie, that means that it’s a movie well done,
    well framed, well directed and with a tremendous impact on the human
    aspect. Everythings flow easy during the narration. I found on this
    movie a lot of analogies with Grand Torino as in that movie on Sully
    the main character are normal people that turn to be an hero. Nothing
    to complain on this movie, a great cast very well directed. Tom Hanks
    is able to put all the doubts on in self and on the spectator. With
    this movie Clint Eastwood flight back to great movie based on the human
    aspect of the character. I’m also happy to see a movie that use visual
    effects at the service of the story and not as main attraction to
    recruit spectators. So a must watch movie

  • PipAndSqueakDecember 10, 2016Reply

    Strangely unconvincing

    Tom Hanks aces his portrayal of the eponymous Captain ‘Sully’. His
    number two isn’t bad either. As for everyone else? This is where you’ll
    lose any sense of ‘reality’. There are plenty of extras in this movie,
    its just a shame some of them, the majority of them in fact, have no
    sense of what ‘acting’ requires. These people neither inhabit the roles
    they have nor seem to appreciate what it is to be in a crisis scenario.
    Lots of hamming and flapping all to no good effect and productive of
    nothing more than pantomime on film. Script is partly at fault but
    Eastwood’s direction must also be called into question. A worthy
    attempt at depicting a dramatic event. Just a shame it misses the mark.

  • ollie1939-97-957994December 12, 2016Reply

    An entertaining watch from Eastwood and Hanks

    Much like with his last film, American Sniper, Eastwood is trying to
    portray the everyman. However, Sully is no Chris Kyle. He’s someone who
    doesn’t hunt for danger but rather an ordinary man who found himself in
    the worst of situations, that made him have 155 people’s lives in his
    hand. Half the film is dedicated to the actual ”Miracle on the Hudson”
    and the other half documents the media representation and the inquiry
    from the National Safety Transportation Board.

    As always, Eastwood gets the best out of his performers. Tom Hanks is
    brilliant as always, both calm but also engaging in his delivery (his
    final speech. There’s very few actors who can portray people like this
    but Hanks is one of them. Its a welcome return for the actor after the
    godawful Inferno. The other standout is Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s first
    officer who delivers most of the comedic relief Some of the supporting
    characters I did feel were not developed enough fully such as Sully’
    wife (Laura Linney) who seem slightly shoved in, without a lot of depth
    to be had to them. But as a film called Sully, is there much more that
    needs to be added to any of the other characters when the film needs to
    dedicate time to its title character.

    The movie is a very short sit at just 90 minutes long, which some may
    feel is too brief but I think it works in the film’s benefit.
    Primarily, a story like this could’ve dragged on too long but Eastwood
    keeps it concise and interesting The film’s biggest flaw is perhaps
    through its editing. I almost think the film would’ve worked better as
    a traditional, chronological narrative rather than focusing on
    flashbacks. Some scenes also feel slightly out of place, especially the
    ones that focus on Sully’s younger, flying days. The movie is not
    something I would sit through again, perhaps as there’s not much to be
    rediscovered but it does deliver an interesting and engaging enough
    story to make it worth a watch.

  • absteve1December 13, 2016Reply

    Nothing happens that you didn’t see on the news!

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  • mpanajotovic82December 13, 2016Reply

    poorly done

    I was very disappointed. I had a feeling that actors are amateurs.
    Dialogues sound unconvincing. There ware scenes that I didn’t
    understand what they wanted to say with them. Something is missing in
    this movie. It seams like it was made in a hurry,like they didn’t
    invest enough effort and time to make it a great movie. I’ve watched
    about this accident in some investigation serial about plane crashes
    and I was stunned, even I cried. I was expecting that Sully is going to
    be even better, but it was much worse. I am not recommending it if you
    don’t have a lot of free time. You will be disappointed. Whole movie
    looks unconvincing to me in spite of renowned actors.

  • Douglas HamiltonDecember 13, 2016Reply

    Predictable and therefore less exciting

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  • Dillon HarrisDecember 14, 2016Reply

    Powerful Performances, albeit Short on Compelling,

    Sully is a good movie with a well developed plot and a terrific cast.
    It’s an instantly engaging film as we follow two pilots who sparked
    controversy after landing their plane on the Hudson River. The emotion
    and trauma these must have underwent is beautifully captured by Tom
    Hanks and Aaron Eckhart, their chemistry on screen is fantastic, it is
    the highlight of the movie for me.

    However, the story seemed to be too straight forward to make in to a
    full blown film, they experimented with this by not showing scenes in
    chronological order and showing the plane crash from different
    perspectives, but it ends up feeling like they were merely filling

    I found the last scene to be very disappointing. It is anti-climatic
    and drags on significantly, consisting of us watching various flight
    simulations of what Sully should have done, it becomes very tedious by
    this stage.

    It is certainly flawed, but Sully boasts terrific performances and an
    engaging story, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good
    drama, just do not go out of your way to see it.

    Follows the life of Chesley Sullenberger as he struggles with the
    precautions of having landed his damaged plane on the Hudson river,
    despite saving every passengers life.

    Best Performance: Tom Hanks

  • PyroSikThDecember 14, 2016Reply

    Repetitive and Lacks Urgency

    I’m not a massive fan of Tom Hanks, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed
    a Clint Eastwood-directed movie, but I figured what the hell and went
    to see it anyway, it’s a story I’m interested in learning a little more
    about. But if there’s one thing the movie taught me, it’s that I
    already knew pretty much the whole story already. Sully and his
    co-pilot lose both engines from a sing bird strike, start losing
    altitude fast, and quickly decide an unprecedented water landing on the
    nearby river is a safer option than attempting to make a ditch for a
    nearby airport. Through an unmatched amount of skill and luck, the
    landing goes as smoothly as can be, all the passengers survived with
    minor injuries, and Captain Sully is hailed a hero. The main narrative
    follows the investigation afterwards from the NTSB, as Sully attempts
    to convince the board that there was no other option, in the face of
    both computer and human simulations that tell them otherwise.

    I have two really big issues with this movie. The first is how
    repetitive it is. We see the incident at least three times, almost from
    beginning to end each time, just with slightly different perspectives;
    air traffic control, passengers, and cabin. It takes a while for these
    flashbacks to begin, instead offered nightmares of how it could’ve
    happened and gone catastrophically wrong, but once they start, we keep
    revisiting it over and over, and I’ll be honest, it gets boring. These
    flashbacks become harder and harder to separate from the main narrative
    as we go on as well. There’s a scene late in the movie where Sully is
    hugged by a hotel manager, but it’s not immediately obvious when this
    scene actually takes place. It’s only when his co-pilot asks why he’s
    still in his uniform that it clicks that it’s actually still part of
    the flashback, post-incident.

    My second issue, and this is a biggie, is that every time we see the
    incident, it lacks urgency, it lacks drama, it lacks suspense. At no
    point are we shown the gravity of the situation, only told how it was a
    miracle, how it was unprecedented, how it could’ve gone so much worse.
    As I understand it, the whole rescue operation took about twenty-four
    minutes, and I guess in the name of authenticity, Eastwood decided to
    show it in near enough to realtime, which slows everything down, loses
    all momentum of the accident and takes away the much needed urgency
    that lives could be at stake. We’re told by news reporters that the
    passengers ”have minutes to live” but we’re never given any indication
    that this is actually the case from watching the rescue itself. I don’t
    know, maybe that was the point; to show how the media over-inflates
    everything to make it sound more dramatic and interesting? But then,
    wouldn’t that just completely undermine the heroism Eastwood is
    simultaneously attempting to portray?

    It’s not a complete failure of a movie though. Even though I haven’t
    enjoyed a single Eastwood- directed movie I’ve seen, he’s still
    reasonably talented on the more technical aspects. The film does look
    great, and what effects work there was is flawless (genuinely thought
    the David Letterman scene was re-enacted rather than just had Hanks et
    al’s faces super-imposed). As off- putting as it was to see a reporters
    face large and centre in front of a blurred background, it did at least
    have the resemblance of artistry behind it.

    Tom Hanks’ work is admirable, of course. He isn’t such a celebrated and
    high-demanded actor for no reason, and his Sully is likable and
    empathetic, but rightly conflicted and affected by the incident. Aaron
    Eckhart’s Skiles is more down-to-earth and jokey, but not entirely
    without effect. Laura Linney doesn’t get a whole lot to do, spending a
    hundred percent of her screen time on the phone, but she manages to
    serve as the emotional backbone to the movie, as annoyingly
    insignificant as her role may be. Anna Gunn probably impressed me the
    most, as NTSB investigator Elizabeth Davis. In a way she’s the
    sympathetic investigator on the board, without undermining the
    authority of her position. The break in her voice during the hearing as
    the NTSB’s agenda is brought down is powerful. She also gets bonus
    points for almost making me forget how annoying Skyler was in Breaking

    Sully clocks in at a relatively short ninety minutes, but that’s still
    too long, and the film still feels like it was padded out with filler,
    overly slow-moments, and repetitive flashbacks. It somehow manages to
    drag along, and then concludes abruptly on weird joke. It lacks
    urgency, which in the retelling of a real-life emergency is a big
    oversight, and I’ll be honest, I was actually kind of bored by the
    movie’s end. I give it a meandering and over-sentimental 6/10.

  • Reno RanganDecember 14, 2016Reply

    When a real human bravery wasn’t appreciated till the computers confirmed it.

    Another excellent biographical drama for Tom Hanks in the title role.
    He has transformed from captain Phillips to captain Sully. Another
    great addition to Clint Eastwood’s filmography as well, he never
    disappoints us. This film was based on the real event of the January
    15, 2009. When a US passenger plane got hit by birds just after the
    take off, losing both the engines, landed on the New York’s Hudson
    river. So the film reveals the heroic event, as well as followed by the
    investigation of the crash landing.

    As it is a Hollywood film what should I expect, another American
    bravery? Yep, but still a good film, very engaging plot. It’s not all
    about the plane event, because I thought one of the film poster is a
    spoiler. So the film covers more story, about the drama surrounding the
    main event. Especially saving the lives, that inspires even for the
    outside Americans. The entire narration is about two-three day affair,
    but most of the film was about the crash landing. From the actors to
    the visuals, all were top class. One of the best biopic that’s not
    based on one’s whole life, but one heroic attempt which will be
    remembered him and this film for forever.


  • Someone Has ToDecember 15, 2016Reply

    Like watching a grandpa get bullied on children’s TV

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  • ironhorse_ivDecember 15, 2016Reply

    Sully soar high with me. Yet, there were some engine problems.

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  • Andrew AnandarajahDecember 15, 2016Reply

    Excellent Performance & Emotional & Top Screenplay

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  • nathannicolarobertscoukDecember 15, 2016Reply

    Sturdy film-making from the ever-reliable Hanks and Eastwood

    Despite being just 96 minutes long, it was difficult to think that an
    entire feature-length film could made from a 208-second incident that,
    while miraculous, was rather short-lived. Sully utilises the star-power
    and talent of director Clint Eastwood and lead actor Tom Hanks to
    sustain the rest of the runtime, with a compelling and engrossing
    play-out that is as interesting as it is intense.


    Sully is a sturdy piece of film-making from the likes of Clint Eastwood
    and Tom Hanks, proving exactly why they are top of their respective
    games. With a slim runtime and excellent pacing, it is a compelling
    piece of film perfectly suited to the big screen, with stunning visuals
    and cinematography. Sully demonstrates the Miracle on the Hudson with a
    great deal of detail, ensuring it is an engrossing watch, as well as
    one that educates. It deserves to be viewed on the biggest screen to
    truly appreciate the stunning visuals, so be sure to see it while you
    still can!


  • smproductionDecember 16, 2016Reply

    Sully is Sullenberger

    There’s obviously a lot of research and accuracy of facts that need to
    be considered when making a film out of a real life incident. Clint
    Eastwood once again shows he knows what he’s doing when it comes to
    sitting in the directors chair.

    January 15th, 2009, Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger landed an
    Airbus A320 in the Hudson River after it suffered dual engine failures
    from a bird strike. What he endures following the incident is a
    scathing investigation team hell bent on showing him he made a mistake
    and he could have in fact turned the plane around and landed it safely
    on one of the many runways available to him in New York.

    Tom Hanks, as always, plays a solid role and character and a very
    believable Aircraft pilot, although i felt at times he could have shown
    just a little more emotion in certain spots. Aaron Eckhart and Anna
    Gunn made good additions to the cast fitting into their roles nicely.

    The film itself, jumps all over the place, it starts straight away with
    a nightmare from our hero. we see the time line of events is post-
    incident, then eventually goes back to the beginning of the flight
    before Sully even steps foot on the plane. I wasn’t expecting the film
    to be structured this way and found it kind of annoying at first, but
    it doesn’t at all affect the pacing.

    Clocking in at just an hour and a half, Sully is a good hero flick
    depicting the events of January 15th, 2009, because we learn everything
    we need to know in just that short space of time. Nothing feels
    overdone or over dramatized and I walked out of the cinema feeling
    thoroughly satisfied with what Eastwood managed to do with this story.
    Really good stuff!


  • CANpatbuck3664December 17, 2016Reply

    Eastwood, Hanks, Eckhart and the Visual Effects Buoy a Decent Movie Struggling With a Really Thin Plot

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  • eagandersongilDecember 17, 2016Reply

    The Human Factor

    1338/5000 Clint Eastwood had everything to do a titanic film or Rescue
    of soldier Ryan, because the story of Captain Sully is fantastic, but
    no, Clint chose to make a film almost technical, short and almost
    scarce of feelings, but contrary to everything, The film was really
    cool so I started to suspect that the film would not have a dramatic
    content when I saw that it was an hour and a half in duration, and I
    was sure in the first ten minutes of film. ”Sully” is a film that has
    nothing to impress but also has nothing to disappoint, and it is able
    to leave the viewer completely glazed in the cinema, because it is fast
    and dynamic, mixing time lines and not caring much about Explain to the
    public what is happening. With almost no soundtrack and a very clear
    photograph, be it day or night, with cuts and very good sound editions
    and remarkable dialogues and very successful performances (nothing
    special), hardly Tom Hanks will disappoint, and Aaron Eckhart too It’s
    OK. The screenplay is basic, cold and fast, he tries to pinpoint
    dramatic tones with Sully’s dreams and anguish, but he can not, and in
    the great dramatic moment of the movie, pofff, you do not feel
    anything, but you leave the movie happy, A great and efficient story
    with a direction that fulfills the role.

  • cinesocialukDecember 17, 2016Reply

    Are disaster movie scripts becoming less of a calamity?

    I still hanker after those halcyon days of the 1970’s tragi-pic after
    being mesmerised at the capsizing dining salon sequence in The Poseidon
    Adventure as an inquisitive 12 year old.

    How that effect was achieved became a consuming desire and kick-started
    my interest in cinema.

    I didn’t care a jot about the hackneyed dialogue, characterisation or
    preposterous scenario.

    But that type of blockbuster disaster drama is on the wane. In an age
    of openness and transparency, fact-based calamity cinema is all the
    rage, with Sully following Deepwater Horizon by sticking closely to the
    events that happened during and after tragedy.

    Tom Hanks, cinematic short-hand of the everyman character, was the
    right choice to play Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who breached
    accepted aviation protocol by ditching his stricken airline in the
    Hudson River. He is ably, amusingly supported by Aaron Eckhart.

  • Pipe Carrillo BuitragoDecember 17, 2016Reply

    Clint Eastwood Synthesizes His Ambitions With ”Sully”

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  • OneEightNine MediaDecember 17, 2016Reply

    Director fumbled this one

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  • thesar-2December 18, 2016Reply

    Waterplane Down

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  • capone666December 18, 2016Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…

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  • Miguel NetoDecember 19, 2016Reply

    Movie based on an incredible real story

    Sully had everything to be one of the best films of the year (at least
    for me), there’s a good director who is Clint Eastwood who did a good
    job, an extraordinary actor (who is even my favorite), who is Tom Hanks
    , And a good supporting cast, not to mention the story that is based on
    real history, but Sully is just a good movie, and will hardly be
    nominated for the Oscar for best film and best director, maybe it’s for
    better actor, which will be very well deserved , Because Tom Hanks is
    the best of the film, he is great, not to mention the makeup very well
    done, he Reincarnated the paper, I would not surprise if he was
    indicated, the direction of Eastwood has ups and downs, the acting of
    the secondary actors It varies from good to medium, the only one above
    the average is Hanks himself, the film has a medium tempo, even being a
    short film, the dialogues are good, the way the story is told is very
    interesting, the script does well , Even though it did not rip off all
    the potential that the film had, Sully is a good movie, but I would not
    indicate the best movie of the year. Note 7.5

  • marijabanusicDecember 20, 2016Reply

    Great film!

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  • Suresh ThakurDecember 20, 2016Reply

    Boring and Pointless, Hank’s wasting his talent on useless movies

    I watched whole movie expecting some extra-ordinary and entertaining
    movie, but movie is merely a documentary based on a flight accident
    which deserve nothing more than a ”TV Release”on Discovery or National
    Geography Channels, but releasing this boring movie for commercial gain
    is only because they had Tom Hanks face value, which can easily bring
    huge box office collections. Film producers have deceived audience
    because of Hanks face value. As far movie is concern, it was pointless
    as we already know many miraculous flight accident where many or almost
    all lives saved by Pilots and Crew (for example Dubai Accident where
    every passengers life saved on ground landing) but in this movie
    director was only concentrating and glorifying single man (Only
    Captain) for live saved in the accident, although in climax they tried
    to give credits to other crew members but it was like they were doing
    some kind of favor to them. You can understand the reason for this ONE
    MAN ARMY glorification as soon as you realize that the name of the
    Pilot was ”Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger”, yes a BERGER. Entire
    Hollywood is ruled by them, so you got another cr*p to glorify them.

  • johnnyjan16December 20, 2016Reply

    Tom Hanks can do no wrong

    I’ve seen a lot of films this year, this was one of the best by a mile.

    Until this film, I hadn’t heard of the actual story. For anyone who is
    in the same boat, this film will peak your interest and then some. I
    came out of the cinema and everyone around me was talking about it.

    Tom Hanks, yet again, delivers. I don’t think there has been one film
    he’s been in I haven’t liked. He just fits this character perfectly. In
    fact, I think every person cast does a great job. They all just fit.
    Even the actors on the plane, who aren’t featured a lot and who are
    usually a little annoying, work so well.

    Every scene is just the right length and what I really liked is that
    they don’t over do it. Each aspect of the story, from the investigation
    to how the wife is at home is played out brilliantly.

    You genuinely get behind the characters in this film, kudos to Clint
    Eastwood for his brilliant directing with Sully.

    For anyone who has yet to see this film, do so before it ends at the
    cinema. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])December 20, 2016Reply

    This is a movie that is nearly perfect. Much like Apollo 13, just because you know the end doesn’t mean you know the whole story

    ”Why are they looking for what we did wrong when it all turned out
    right?” Chesley Sullenberger (Hanks) is an ordinary pilot about to fly
    from New York to Charlotte. Almost instantly his plane is hit by birds
    and the engines fail. What he does next changes his life, and his
    passengers forever. This is a movie that starts with a problem.
    Everyone knows what happened with this event so it would seem that some
    of the drama would be missing. Much like Apollo 13 this was not the
    case. The movie is a mix between flashbacks of the event and the
    subsequent investigation that just makes you angry. I was not aware of
    the extent the FAA went to try and prove what Sully did was dangerous
    and wrong. I don’t want to spoil this, if that’s possible but I do have
    to say that the emotion in this movie is front and center and I did
    tear up a few times. To me that is based on the magic of Tom Hanks.
    Everyone knows that everyone survived, but his reaction is priceless
    and makes you feel extreme joy, as if hearing it for the first time.
    This is a movie that is nearly perfect and one that I highly recommend.
    Overall, much like Apollo 13, just because you know the end doesn’t
    mean you know the whole story. I give this an A+.

  • Red_IdentityDecember 20, 2016Reply

    Tom Hanks is great, like always

    Although this film got favorable reviews, it seems like many people
    were sort of lukewarm on it. It definitely didn’t help that it reminded
    me of the atrocious Flight from a year years back. Maybe perhaps
    because of that I found this to be a very pleasant surprise. I do think
    some of the placement of scenes and transition from flashbacks to the
    present were a little awkward and disjointed, including the ending.
    It’s not that the last scenes were bad, it just seemed like someone
    chopped off the last 15 or 10 minutes of the film and there’s such an
    awkward fade-out that makes you really confused as to why anyone would
    choose to end it that way. Still, flaws and all I found this to be
    pretty absorbing and Tom Hanks is great, like he always is. A very nice
    surprise and I like how the film avoids being overly sentimental.

  • tomgillespie2002December 21, 2016Reply

    Solidly made but badly paced

    The miraculous events of January 15th, 2009, when veteran pilot Chesley
    ‘Sully’ Sullenberger was forced to make an emergency landing in New
    York’s Hudson River after a flock of birds flew by and took out both of
    the plane’s engines, were reported widely here in the UK, with the
    media quite rightly branding the feel-good story as an act of heroism
    by a humble man who had dedicated 42 years of his life to his job.
    Almost as if the decision-makers felt like the people in the UK were
    too ignorant to recall a famous and extremely recent incident from the
    U.S., Sully has received the distracting subtitle of Miracle on the
    Hudson, making it sound like a TV movie aired by Channel 5 in the
    process. But this is directed by Clint Eastwood, and with the screen
    legend behind the camera and one of its most celebrated talents in
    front of it, Tom Hanks, Sully can only mean one thing – the arrival of
    awards season.

    While the title may suggest a hastily-made cash-in for bored housewives
    and the unemployed to consume during a weekday afternoon in front of
    the TV, Sully has Eastwood at his most accomplished, delivering a
    solidly-made, well-acted tale of heroism in his usual clinical fashion
    of shooting quickly and without fuss. If you know the story, which you
    likely do, the opening scene may seem predictable as Sully and his
    co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) buckle in and take off, until
    disaster strikes. Rather than heading to the Hudson, the plane takes a
    left turn and is soon flying dangerously close to skyscrapers,
    eventually clipping one and going down in a ball of flames. This turns
    out to be Sully’s nightmare, as he struggles with the overwhelming
    media attention and the questions posed by the National Transportation
    Security Board (NTSB). The latter are investigating Sully’s actions,
    and whether the data secured after the landing indicates that it was
    possible to steer the plane safely back to LaGuardia airport or to
    nearby New Jersey.

    Sully’s inability to quite comprehend the sudden mass media coverage
    and the spontaneous hugs and kisses he receives by the adoring public
    forms the crux of Eastwood’s film, which is, after all, based on an
    action that lasted a mere 208 seconds. Hanks plays the role with a
    quiet, dignified humanity, something the actor has mastered in more
    recent years, despite not receiving an Oscar nomination since 2000’s
    Cast Away. He is so humane in fact, that he needs to remind the NTSB
    that the very thing they’re investigating – human error – is just that;
    human. Regardless of how many data checks are carried out or
    simulations are conducted, the human factor cannot be replicated. This
    was a decision made in a split second, with the knowledge that the
    lives of hundreds of people are in his hands weighing down on him and
    decades of experience guiding his hands. Hanks may not get award
    recognition once again here, but it is undoubtedly a terrific,
    understated performance.

    Sully ultimately struggles with deciding how to pace itself, frequently
    jumping back and forth in time between the events before, during and
    after the landing, as well as a couple of brief scenes depicting the
    pilot’s early days learning to conquer the skies. The events itself is
    also shown multiple times from different perspectives, including an
    air-traffic controller who believes the plane to have surely crashed
    after disappearing off the radar, with unnecessary focus on a
    collection of passengers whose stories quickly descend into sentiment
    and cliché. It all seems like padding for a film that would have surely
    worked better telling a straight- forward story of a man’s act of
    heroism and the emotional after- effects, rather than trying to juice
    up the tale by turning the ones investigating the incident into little
    more than snarling suits. When Sully simply lets Hanks do his thing,
    it’s great drama, and the re-enactment itself is as equally terrifying
    as it is thrilling, but the moments in between drag the film down into
    tedious waters.

  • HBDecember 21, 2016Reply

    Terrific. Tom Hanks is on fire!

    ”We did our job,” says Tom Hanks’ Captain Chesley Sullenberger in an
    unguarded moment that turns out to be the emotional fulcrum and raison
    d’tre of Clint Eastwood’s Sully. The eighty-six-year-old director’s
    thirty-fifth theatrical feature is a stripped-down, unfussy salute to
    professionalism that pretty much serves as a statement of principles
    for the Eastwood oeuvre – call it The Malpaso Manifesto. In many ways
    Sully is the Clint Eastwood-iest movie Clint Eastwood has ever made.

    We begin with Captain Sullenberger crashing U.S. Airways Flight 1549
    into midtown Manhattan, killing thousands and engulfing the screen with
    flames before Hanks’ Sully jerks awake in a cold sweat. He’s staying in
    one of the movie’s countless, vaguely Kubrickian Marriotts, turning
    over the ”Miracle on the Hudson” in his mind and second-guessing every
    decision as the movie darts back and forth through time. When not being
    trotted out for media appearances or questioned by the National
    Transportation Safety Board, Sully’s stewing in his own self-doubt and
    the film follows in the footsteps of Eastwood’s American Sniper as the
    story of a public hero’s private PTSD.

    Of course we all know that Sullenberger’s emergency water landing that
    afternoon in January of 2009 was a super-heroic feat and the stuff of
    instant legend, so much so that one can easily imagine a thunderously
    banal movie culminating in the crash and probably winning several
    Oscars. But Eastwood (working from a script by Todd Komarnicki) is far
    more interested in the aftermath: a shy man shoved into the spotlight
    and praying it’s for the right reasons. I understand that the actual
    NTSB investigation was more of a formality and less like the Spanish
    Inquisition presented here, but much in the way American Sniper
    invented a nemesis to serve as a shadow-self Chris Kyle needed to kill
    before he could go home, the hearings in Sully are an externalization
    of Sullenberger’s deepest fears, asking out loud the questions he’s
    asking himself. (Also, it just wouldn’t be a Clint Eastwood movie
    without a bunch of goddamned desk jockey bureaucrats in positions of
    authority who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.) Tom
    Hanks has been on quite a run as of late – he’s the only actor with two
    Oscars I’d consider calling underrated – and Sully can be seen as the
    third part of a loose trilogy alongside Captain Phillips and Bridge Of
    Spies, in which prickly everymen rise to nearly impossible occasions.
    He plays the best of us but wears it lightly. This is a tremendously
    subtle performance, with a slight nod near the end providing a release
    that had the audience roaring with appreciation both times I saw the
    picture. It takes incredible command of your craft as an actor to
    understand how doing something that small will pay off so big.

    People always point out how the male leads of Woody Allen films
    invariably end up aping their director’s mannerisms, and I’d argue the
    same holds true for Eastwood movies now that he’s retired from acting.
    I’m thinking of Matt Damon’s reticence in Hereafter and Invictus, or
    the steely vulnerability Bradley Cooper shocked me with in Sniper.
    Sometimes in Sully Hanks seems to be doing a Clint impression – it’s
    the most minimalist performance of his career, and he even looks taller
    somehow. He’s got an easy rapport with Aaron Eckhardt, who as co-pilot
    Jeff Skiles gets all the wisecracks we’re used to hearing from Hanks.
    And it must be noted that both men’s mustaches are spectacular.

    Laura Linney doesn’t fare nearly as well, literally phoning it in as
    Mrs. Sully and always calling at the wrong time. As in most Eastwood
    pictures, the day players are all three or four notches bigger and
    louder than the main cast – although a sinister Katie Couric haunting
    Sullenberger’s nightmares suggests the former Today Show anchor could
    have a career in horror films if she wants. Hanks and Eckhart get
    digitally Gumped into the crew’s Letterman appearance, and there’s a
    hint of Eastwood’s Flags Of Our Fathers in the sly understanding of how
    America’s myths are marketed. A sequence in which Sully jogs through
    Times Square at night finds the man dwarfed by his own image on
    televisions and jumbotrons, alongside a skyscraper-sized Old Glory.
    (Worth noting that he also runs past a poster for Gran Torino, its star
    looming larger-than-life over the real hero’s head.) The film returns
    to the crash three times from three different perspectives, but it is
    during the second that Sully becomes something truly remarkable. In
    what feels like a real-time re-creation of the water landing and
    rescue, we watch in awe as the fight crew guides the passengers
    step-by-step through emergency procedures. Ditto for the ferry boat
    drivers and scuba cops, everybody working together with hushed,
    meticulous diligence. Eastwood doesn’t editorialize, he grants no
    heroic poses nor the triumphant choirs of horns one might expect from a
    Hollywood movie soundtrack. (The noodling, jazzy score by Christian
    Jacob and The Tierney Sutton Band is used quite sparingly throughout
    the film.) This eerily quiet rescue sequence is so breathtaking because
    of how matter-of-factly it is presented. Eastwood never strains for
    affect here. He knows he doesn’t have to hype what he’s showing us.

    Sully extols all the classically Eastwoodian virtues of going to work
    and not making a big goddamn deal out of it. You wouldn’t be crazy to
    notice a whiff of autobiographical identification in this tale of an
    old pro with forty years of experience frustrated by having to answer
    to young, corporate-minded whippersnappers who place far too much faith
    in their computer data. But most importantly, the movie does its job.

  • IanDecember 22, 2016Reply

    Class act all round

    Most folks will have forgotten about this real life event by the time
    they see this movie. I confess I was not aware of the underpinning
    investigation – thanks media guys! – which is what the movie is
    essentially about. Hero or not? That’s what we discover.

    Superb writing and script and excellent direction from Clint Eastwood
    as you’d expect. Tom Hanks is sublime as always. Aaron Eckhart plays a
    bit of a second fiddle role but is superbly supportive. One of the
    underlying aspects of the movie is the matter-of-factness with which
    the characters portray their roles and go about their business – much
    as you’d expect an airline pilot to do.

    The slightly unsettling investigation shows big business looking for a
    scapegoat – no surprise there, then…!

    There are a few interesting quotes such as ”It’s a long time since New
    York had news this good – especially with an airplane in it.” Although
    one thing I don’t understand is how passengers could talk to each other
    on mobile phones after they’d been in the water. Definitely not
    iPhones, then…

    All in all this is an excellent movie with a class director and actors
    and well worth your time.

  • Taryll BakerDecember 22, 2016Reply

    ”A Sublime Experience.”

    Sully: Miracle on the Hudson is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars
    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valarie Mahaffey, Anna Gunn and
    Mike O’Malley.

    The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero
    after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save
    the flight’s passengers and crew.

    With the remarkable emergency landing on the Hudson River lasting only
    208 seconds, I wondered how director Clint Eastwood could handle such
    an event in 96 minutes. Shot almost entirely on IMAX 65mm cameras and
    featuring stellar performances from Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart, Sully
    does not disappoint.

    Eastwood’s visual style stays intact throughout as he and
    cinematographer Tom Stern team up once again, capturing the
    extraordinary brilliance and sheer tension of the now- famous ”Miracle”
    on January 15th, 2009. With a story that cuts between the overwhelming
    news coverage and the landing itself, Sully feels incredibly fresh and

    Tom Hanks’ performance as Chesley Sullenberger is wonderfully realistic
    and touching. There are a few moments in the final scenes that really
    pull the whole picture together in the most satisfying way, and this is
    greatly supported by Hanks’ phenomenal act. Alongside is Aaron Eckhart
    as Jeff Skiles, who brings a lighter shade to the film, delivering some
    acceptable and amusing lines of dialogue that feels absolutely
    necessary when securing the film’s human touch.

    Composer Christian Jacob and The Tierney Sutton Band take a personal
    approach when tackling the project, with ravishing piano pieces and
    lush string arrangements smoothly weaved into the picture, culminating
    as the screen turns black.

    Blu Murray returns to aid Eastwood as editor and this resembles all of
    their previous work together. The cutting here is masterfully handled,
    ensuring all scenes are flowing with attentive care whilst providing a
    fast-paced and sublime experience.

    With over 50 years of proficiency in acting and helming over 30
    directional projects, Clint Eastwood has become one of the greatest
    icons of the film industry. Yet, even with so much under his belt, he
    can pull off something different and unique each time. Sully is a fine
    example of that. Truly wonderful filmmaking.

    Verdict; Although taking place on the Hudson River, Sully feels
    undeniably grounded in its masterful direction and skillful

    Sully: Miracle on the Hudson – ★★★★★ (9/10)

  • Peter Pluymers ([email protected])December 22, 2016Reply

    Another plane crash … this time the pilot wasn’t drunk.

    ”There was no time for calculating. I had relied on my experience of
    managing the altitude and speed of thousand of flights over four
    decades. I eyeballed it.”

    Respect for the pilot Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger who set down an
    Airbus in the middle of the Hudson River in 2009 and miraculously
    managed to ensure the safety of the 155 passengers. A true feat which
    was only possible due to his years of experience as a pilot. Otherwise,
    this almost impossible maneuver would never have happened. With all its
    consequences. And all this because of a flock of geese, who didn’t know
    about the traffic rule involving vehicles coming from the right, and
    who were massively sucked into the turbine engines. As a result those
    engines stopped working. And that’s when the sh*t hit the fan. But
    thanks to the pilot Sully (Tom Hanks) who could stay calm under such
    stressful circumstances and who took the ultimate right decision, worse
    could be avoided. Though he couldn’t control the media storm and
    criticism he had to endure afterwards. Despite his years of experience
    as a pilot. But he manages to save his reputation by an inspiring
    thought at the last minute.

    Again, all respect for the pilot. But surf around a bit on the internet
    and you’ll find a whole range of films in which a pilot needs to do all
    kind of stunts to land his plane safely. The world seems to be littered
    with strategically bad placed runways. Every time a pilot approaches it
    he breaks out into a cold sweat. Or you’ll see a Boeing landing almost
    sideways because of strong crosswinds. I’m convinced there were
    numerous heroic landings carried out anywhere in the world where a
    decision was made on a whim. Hopefully there won’t be a movie in the
    future of each incident. You feel already which way I’m heading?
    Despite a top cast, with as always a magnificent Tom Hanks, a living
    legend in the director’s chair (Clint Eastwood of course) and some
    spectacular images of the emergency landing, this film still is a bit
    ordinary. It’s not really so impressive in terms of content. Plane in
    trouble. The pilot decides to land it in an unconventional place.
    Experts and insurance companies suggest he made an error of judgment.
    And finally it’s waiting for the verdict of this committee. Nothing
    that special.

    Luckily they showed the forced landing multiple times out of different
    perspectives. Otherwise ”Sully” would be a high-quality short film. The
    images of the disaster are scattered throughout the film. So you can
    expect a whole series of flashbacks. Not only flashbacks of the real
    situation but also some of Sully’s nightmares with a more destructive
    outcome. Besides these images we see an old-timer who starts to doubt
    the correctness of his decision. And an arsenal of experts who are only
    too happy to prove that he made a professional mistake. Of course the
    main motivation for this research is that no insurance claims need to
    be payed. Actually, it’s rather pathetic and shameful how they are
    trying to discredit a reliable pilot who had an error-free and
    honorable career, by using thoughtless allegations. A reflection of the
    disrespectful nature of today’s society. I found it strange that a man
    like Sully ,after a successful career, apparently still would have
    financial difficulties because of this incident.

    It’s no effort for Tom Hanks to play a perfect role. And with the right
    props and make-up he looks exactly like the real Sullenberger. But
    honestly, Hanks acts on autopilot (which in turn is very appropriate
    for this film). In other words, sublime, but in safe mode. I thought
    the inquiry committee was an extremely interesting group of actors. In
    real they are just a bunch of nitpickers without a shred of respect. It
    felt as if it was a mixture of people from other sectors, who had no
    knowledge about aviation and they didn’t have the ingenuity to think
    about that single key factor which undermined their whole theory.
    Consequently, I was annoyed by their arrogance and felt a malicious
    delight after their defeat. Aaron Eckhart, Sully’s co-pilot, also
    played a modest and fairly calm role (with an impressive mustache).
    ”Sully” isn’t really a spectacle film. And in terms of drama, it’s also
    not quite overwhelming. That’s probably why they portrayed the crash
    several times. But Sully being a hero, is beyond dispute. However, his
    heroic deed was more heroic than making this standard documentary-like

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  • davideo-2December 22, 2016Reply

    A competent enough, but still flawed biopic

    STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
    ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

    On January 15th 2009, airline pilot Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom
    Hanks) was forced to take drastic action when the passenger airline he
    was commandeering ran into turbine trouble and began to nosedive down
    towards New York. Sully took evasive action, and glided the plane down
    toward the Hudson river, saving the lives of all the passengers on
    board. However, in the aftermath, his airline tried to hang him out to
    dry in order to avert blame for the disaster from themselves, and he
    and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) were forced to do a round
    of publicity to defend themselves.

    Nothing produces better human drama than a real life drama, and plenty
    of them occur every day for Hollywood to bang out for the big screen
    (what with this and, for example, the up-coming Patriot’s Day with Mark
    Wahlberg.) Clint Eastwood’s latest dramatization has a really glossy,
    ready made feel to it, another Malpaso company production with none
    other than Tom Hanks in the lead role. Running at a far more condensed
    length of just over an hour and a half (rather than the two hours or so
    it would have ten/twenty years ago), it zips by and is a generally fine
    and polished piece, but sadly it’s undeniably pretty flawed.

    I didn’t know much about this event, but in early 2009 it must have
    been something that took America by storm, and with 9/11 still fresh in
    everyone’s minds, it undoubtedly must have caused some fear and panic.
    It was a tale that was indeed begging to be told, but sadly Eastwood’s
    execution is a little disjointed, and the dramatization and the
    flashbacks to what happened are too blurred together to enjoy the story
    properly, whilst other strands, such as a scene where Sully’s
    fascination with flying began as a child, is never explored any
    further. It’s never sensationalist or sentimental, but it’s still a bit
    flawed as a film.

    Performances wise, in the lead, this is a role Hanks was pretty much
    born to play, and a role he can pretty much do in his sleep, portraying
    a reserved, dignified man whilst also quietly conveying his softer side
    in some private, emotional scenes. His presence adds to the overall
    smooth, glossed over feel to the film, though, while Eckahrt provides
    similar sturdy support along with Laura Linney as Sully’s wife. It’s an
    aesthetically pleasing film that is just a little too flawed to be
    perfect. ***

  • Rajeev AnandDecember 23, 2016Reply

    Excellent film about the Extraordinary incident

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  • jarthur0111December 23, 2016Reply

    It ”sticks the landing”

    Here is a movie that got very good reviews, did very well at the box
    office & after a half hour into it isn’t really flying. It is a ”Clint
    Eastwood movie” starring Tom Hanks so you give it the benefit of doubt.

    Then this movie finds its thrust. It gets better & better as it goes
    along before it really sticks its landing (to borrow a term from

    The ever reliable Tom Hanks –my generation’s ”Jimmy Stewart”– turns
    in another fine performance as the unflappable Capt. Chesley
    Sullenberger who, of course, landed a United Airways flight on the
    Hudson River with all 155 souls surviving while 9/11 was still fresh on
    our collective minds. Yeah, it winds up being a ”feel good movie” that
    unexpectedly begins as a ”feel bad movie”.

    This movie brings back some some very good memories while exploring
    some under-reported angles. The script becomes very crisp & witty while
    spreading credit to to ”Sully’s” co-pilot Jeff Skiles (nicely played by
    Aaron Eckhardt), crew & first responders. There is also a cool role
    played by the air traffic controller who thought he lost the flight.

    There is a surprising lot of stuff going on in this under 2 hour movie.
    The ever efficient Eastwood directs it with his usual assured economy &
    rarely overplays his hand emotionally & cinematically. Laura Linney
    must also be applauded for her touching ”phone scenes” (those could not
    have been easy for an actor).

    This is one of the best films of the year.

  • Steve RobertsDecember 23, 2016Reply

    Excellent true story of real life hero, Sully!

    I finally got to watch this movie. and I was very pleased with it. It
    is well made and, as always, I find Tom Hanks to be a consummate actor.
    I think this movie captures what real life hero, Sully, went through
    after his dramatic act of bravery and calm in the face of such a
    tragedy. It takes the time to show the humanity, the real fears, the
    stress and the reall caring of one man for another. The interactions
    between characters is great. The quality of the movie is very good.

    I have found that some of the best movies are those that are based on
    real life, and this one continues to prove that in my book.

    If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend that you do so.

  • Brian SDecember 23, 2016Reply

    Dirty harry meets ntsb

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  • mydistracteduniverseDecember 26, 2016Reply

    A must see!

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  • tobeeryDecember 26, 2016Reply

    Great direction and performances – just a little too dramatised on occasion

    Dramas based on real events can always be a bit tricky and making a
    feature-length film out of an event that took place over a few minutes
    must have been even trickier. Some of the events in this film are
    dramatised, some to an annoying level (the guys in the investigation
    team were like Disney villains…) but I do understand that the show
    needed to have sort of dramatic flair to keep it interesting for 90-
    odd minutes. Hopefully it didn’t tarnish anybody’s recollection of the
    events too much.

    It’s oddly structured too but as time goes by in the film and events
    unfold, you understand why it was structured in such a way and I think
    it’s fairly well done. It does mean that a few scenes are a bit
    heavy-handed in describing what’s happening and how people are feeling
    and some transitions in and out of scenes are a bit hard to follow.

    Overall though if you take yourself away from these issues and immerse
    yourself into this film and Hanks’ stellar performance then it’s a
    pretty thrilling ride (I can end my review on a corny joke too…)

  • lavatchDecember 28, 2016Reply

    Sully is a Winner!

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  • billweinerDecember 28, 2016Reply

    Great depiction of heroic story

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  • TxMikeDecember 28, 2016Reply

    Great recreation of the 2009 Miracle on the Hudson.

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  • DLochnerDecember 28, 2016Reply

    Interesting, flowing but a boring Eastwood

    Lets say: Both, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood are amazing filmmakers and
    actors. I guess this makes the whole movie so interesting for the
    audience and critics. The movie itself became a simple, old fashioned
    and boring type of movie, that you would screen on TV later the
    evening. But so far, it entertains you. Not a bad word to Eastwoods old
    fashioned style and amazing style of filmmaking, as I love his movies,
    but in this just its ”just flowing” until you reach the end and ask
    yourself: And now?.

    At least for the complex background of the real events that happened
    around Sully. Could they return to LaGuardia or nearby Teterboro
    airport in New Jersey without breaking down? For those who love Tom
    Hanks and Eastwood I would say its a mirror with two sides: On the one
    hand you have great acting and directing, on the other hand you have
    expectations. For the last one, you will be disappointed.

  • Bob RutzelDecember 29, 2016Reply

    Best Line in the movie: Capt Sully tells co-pilot Skiles, ”We did our job.”

    On 15 January 2009, after his engines flame out from bird damage,
    Captain Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) lands US Airways
    Flight 1549 on the Hudson River saving all 155 people on board.

    The beginning of the movie shows a dream sequence by Sully when Flt
    1549 crashes into New York buildings, then he wakes up.

    Later the movie shows the beginning of an investigation by the NTSB of
    what happened to Sully and flight 1549 on the Hudson River and as we
    watch we see this committee try to destroy Sully’s reputation as it
    tries to persuade Sully and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) that
    there were other options. They claim the computer simulations show they
    could have made it to Idlewild Airport. They claim the simulations also
    show the left engine was still idling. Sully says there was no way it
    could do that.

    This was hailed the Miracle on the Hudson, but the NTSB didn’t see it
    that way.

    We see flashbacks of what happens in the cockpit and with the
    passengers as well just prior to the landing in freezing water. When
    Flight 1549 hits the water the CGI kicks in and we are most impressed
    and we let out a ”Wow!” There is no other expression.

    We are privy to some of the things the public never sees as the NTSB
    makes its case. Sully demands to be allowed to see the simulations
    without waiting for the usual time duration that would be imposed.
    Sully believes the human factor was not considered in these
    simulations. He knows he did the right thing.

    Acting and action sequences all around were perfect. And yes I would
    give Tom Hanks the Oscar for Best Actor and let’s not forget Clint
    Eastwood as Best Director. Kudos.

    Notables: Jamey Sheridan as Ben Edwards a NTSB member; Laura Linney as
    Lorraine, Sully’s wife.

    The next best line in here was when NTSB member Anna Gunn as Elizabeth
    Davis asks co-pilot Skiles what would he have done different if he had
    it to do all over again. He says, ”I’d do it in July.”

    Over 300 New York police and fire rescue men and women helped rescue
    all 155 ” souls” that were on Flight 1549.

    Stay tuned after some credits run to see clips of the real Capt Sully
    and many of the rescued passengers. (9/10)

    Violence: Flt 1549 crashing onto the Hudson River. Sex: No. Nudity: No.
    Language: One F-bomb heard early on. Brief small stuff the rest of the

  • richard-1787 ([email protected])December 29, 2016Reply

    I really wanted to like this movie, but I was only lukewarm about it

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  • dromascaDecember 29, 2016Reply

    Clint’s Heroes A-changin’

    It’s interesting to watch the evolution of the heroes that Clint
    Eastwood brought to screen in his acting and directing career. His
    first serious impact was with the spaghetti western style heroes of the
    60s, followed by the sometimes rotten, sometimes idealistic cops in the
    action movies of the 70s. Later as he turned to directing and built a
    solid career as an accomplished director his heroes were polarized in
    super-achievers or rhetoric failures. Some of them continued to use
    their fists or guns. Other were inspiring leaders or great inspiring
    movers. They never were conventional. Which is the main problem with
    Sully. The hero of this film is so predictable. Even his dilemmas and
    the way they are solved are predictable.

    You will tell me that this is a true story, we know the ending, it
    happens to be a happy one, this also happens in life. Maybe so. Reality
    however does not always provide the best promises for great art, and
    realism is just one of the possible styles in cinema (and not
    necessarily the one I prefer). Good movies were made based on true
    stories and biographies of real heroes. They succeeded however because
    they could find new dimensions to the stories and the characters, not
    because they followed the beaten tracks. Even in Sully the best parts
    are the ones that describe, almost as against the story the conflict
    between self confidence and doubts. Should we trust the heroes that
    become overnight media sensations. The instinctual answer is ‘no – be
    cautions’ but this is not the obvious answer here. The problem is that
    the envelope is so conventional, full of platitudes and melodrama, of
    small and insignificant side threads (the calls with the wife) that add
    nothing to the substance of a story that is quite thin already.

    It is interesting as well to watch the evolution of the heroes that Tom
    Hanks acted on screen. If there is one thing that made his career
    exceptional it’s the fact that he never made the expected, his next
    role was an exception, a different character that built himself as a
    live and true character on screen, no matter if he was playing a
    Central Asia refugee or an American astronaut. This is not the case
    here. If there is one performance that director Eastwood succeeded in
    this film, it was making actor Hanks look bored and boring for the
    first time in his career.

    ‘Landing on the Hudson – The Movie’ (my personal title) is not the best
    film of either Clint Eastwood (as director) or Tom Hanks. It brings
    however some interesting questions about the careers of the two
    exceptional film personalities in the film industry and America of

  • ThiyowDecember 30, 2016Reply

    ”I Was Just Doing My Job.” And You Did it Very Well. 9/10.

    Acting = 9/10 True Story = incredible! Emotion, Passion = 10/10 Music =
    10/10 Movie Content = 8/10 Truthfulness = 10/10

    To start, I must say Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger is one awesome dude.
    And his co-pilot Jeff Skiles is another pretty awesome dude.

    I was captivated by this movie from the start. Even though I already
    knew the entire true story, which only happened seven years ago, I was
    still tense and rigid throughout, cheering for Sully and his co-pilot,
    Jeff Skiles, in their attempt to save passengers on board and in their
    fight to claim their legitimacy against the NTSB. The NTSB was also
    portrayed well – factually. I thought Tom Hanks turned in another
    legendary performance. Even though there wasn’t a whole lot of
    character development – this wasn’t a life story, it was an event story
    – I felt connected to Sully and his struggles, as well as co-pilot
    Skiles. I loved Skiles as a character, and Aaron Eckhart as the actor.
    I feel that Skiles is somewhat under-appreciated, and that he mostly
    lingers in Sully’s shadow, which is no fault on either man, but just
    how it turned out to be. Eckhart himself acted this well. He made
    Skiles meaningful, encouraging, friendly, and also humorous, while
    still keeping the focus on Sully, which, for better or worse, is what
    truly happened.

    Only two things about this movie could have been better. First: the
    phone calls between Sully and his wife. Both characters were played
    emotionally and passionately, and played very well. Still, I feel that
    the conversations didn’t really add anything story-wise to the movie.
    For example, when Sully’s wife worries about land that they own, it
    seems unnecessary. It doesn’t add anything to the story. Second: A
    little more closure, on Sully, Skiles, and maybe some of the
    passengers. It would have been a nice touch, and maybe made the movie a
    little more conclusive.

    Last thought: I really appreciated Sully’s acknowledgment of all the
    other people involved – how it wasn’t just him that should be
    recognized, but his co-pilot Skiles, the many involved in rescuing the
    passengers by boat or helicopter, and the passengers themselves for
    cooperating. I think this message of humility can go a long way in
    today’s world, where many people are losing that sense of selflessness.

  • blanche-2December 30, 2016Reply

    ”I’ve flown for 42 years. I’m being judged on 208 seconds.”

    ”Sully” from 2016 is based on the true story of pilot Chesley ‘Sully’
    Sullenberger’s dramatic landing of a plane carrying 155 people in the
    Hudson River when birds attacked his engines in 2009. I can still see
    the photos of the passengers standing on the wings waiting to be picked
    up. Naturally Hollywood grabbed the story immediately.

    Sully (Tom Hanks) is hailed as a hero. He doesn’t seem to be one born
    for the spotlight — he’s a quiet person who really felt like he was
    just doing his job. But behind the scenes and the pictures of him as a
    hero, Sully’s actions become the subject of a tense NTSB investigation.

    When the plane had to make an emergency landing, he was told to head
    for LaGuardia, but Sully said that the plane would not make it. The
    NTSB disputes this by performing simulations, and also states that one
    of the engines was still working. Sully felt he had no choice but to
    make his landing strip the Hudson River.

    Sully demands to see the simulations and also insists the second
    engine, so far lost at sea, was not working. His copilot, Jeff Skiles
    (Aaron Eckhart) backs him up, and more importantly, no one was
    seriously injured.

    Very good film, if on the slow side, and it’s not very exciting. It is,
    however, interesting and absorbing as we watch Sully attempt to prove
    that he was right, and insisting that the simulations are done in the
    same time frame as he had piloting the plane.

    Tom Hanks gives a good, reserved performance of someone whom greatness
    was thrust upon, a man who loved his work and was proud of it. Laura
    Linney has a small part as his wife.

    If Hanks’ performance is subtle, so is Eastwood’s direction,
    emphasizing the humanity of the story rather than going for over the
    top moments or big music. Truly an excellent job.

  • Zach SvobodaJanuary 1, 2017Reply

    An overall great acted drama about family and the plane crash of 2009

    Clint Eastwood does it again with a new and excellent acted movie about
    the Hudson River plane crash of 2009. The main premise of this movie is
    to make you feel and see the intensity and seriousness of the events of
    2009. The acting in this film is top notch Tom Hanks plays Sully (The
    Pilot) and Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles (The co-pilot) both do a
    great job in this movie. Tom Hanks plays a serious emotional role while
    Aaron Eckhart plays more a humorous and relief role. This movie also
    does a great job incorporating New York City. It shows numerous shots
    and great cinematography of New York while also focusing on the problem
    at hand (the plane crash). It also shows Sully running down the streets
    of New York and down Time Square. Believe me this movie isn’t all about
    the plane crash, its also about family and friendship. It explores
    aspects of Sully’s life no one probably even knew were going on at the
    time. This film is also very realistic in which it shows people
    emotionally distraught after the plane crash and how much the
    passengers cared about there families. There is one scene in the movie
    which I thought that there might be a classic Hollywood moment but
    instead it went a different way and I was happy about that. I
    absolutely love how the movie showed little mini stories about the
    passengers and there families throughout the film. There is a sense of
    fear throughout this movie and that’s what makes this film intense at
    some moments.

    Issues I had with the film There were very few issues I had with this
    movie but I thought for starters there were a little too many dream
    sequences which I wont get into detail about.

    The feeling of 2009 wasn’t really there. There were a couple of shots I
    could see things like an advertisement for the Revenant on a cab.

    The movie was a little slow at the beginning. The beginning of the
    movie sort of moved a little slower than i thought it could have but i
    understand why it was crucial to put those scenes in the film.
    Eventually the film does pick back up.

  • Screen_BlitzJanuary 2, 2017Reply

    Tom Hanks is the revelation of this Clint Eastwood-driven biopic

    Tom Hanks has soared as one of the most versatile actors in last few
    decades while Clint Eastwood on the other hand, has contributed as a
    major icon not only to Hollywood but American entertainment. So it is
    pretty easy to understand why many would have speculated a product of
    an actor like Tom Hanks and an ingenious filmmaker like Clint Eastwood.
    That is where this riveting drama centered on the major 2009 event
    known as ”The Miracle on The Hudson” comes into place. Clint Eastwood
    conducts the astonishing story of commercial pilot Chelsey Sullenberger
    who made a daunting decision to land an airplane on Lake Hudson
    following a failure of plane engine, a decision that many would expect
    lead to tragedy but instead ended with unexpected triumph. A
    gray-haired Tom Hank stars as pilot Chelsey Sullenberger (nicknamed
    ”Sully”) in Clint Eastwood’s retelling of January 15, 2009 when
    Sullenberger and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (played by Aaron Eckhart)
    were forced to make an emergency landing on the Lake Hudson after their
    plane engine was maliciously destroyed by a flock of geese in the air.
    When this fearsome stunt miraculously saves the lives of all 155
    passengers on board, he is almost instantly held as a hero by the
    national public. However, Sullenberger also becomes a target of an
    investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board that
    unexpectedly jeopardizes his career as well as his newly earned

    Clint Eastwood has a sense of livelihood in storytelling which he has
    best exhibited in his previous few entities. This one is almost equally
    as riveting as you could come to expect from a Clint Eastwood entry,
    though it follows a slightly odd story structure. This biopic opens
    with the titular man immediately in the plane in a jarring flashback of
    the aforementioned disaster, then the story strolls through the
    aftermath of the harrowing debacle as the man is almost senselessly
    falls under scrutiny by the National Transportation Safety Board. It is
    not until around the halfway point when we witness the mid-air
    catastrophe which is done realistically. With writer Todd Komarnicki
    providing a hefty hand for the script, the film paints a mesmerizing
    portrait of the heroism that defined Chelsey Sullenberger on that
    fateful day while shining clear light on how heroic actions don’t
    always come without a cost. And without the need to villainize the
    National Board (at least not in an over-the-top way), Eastwood provides
    us with a sensible look at both legal and psychological repercussions
    that threaten to tear Sullenberger apart as the person the public
    deeply admired him as. As the story moves on, Clint Eastwood
    accomplishes the essential task of pushing depth of the lead character
    including the psychological aftermath that disturbs his inner being. On
    top of it all, the real revelation in the mix is Tom Hanks. Now pushing
    his sixties, Hanks strives with a powerful performance as the spirited
    lead character, a role that allows him to shine like gold. Though this
    does not mark the first time Hanks has ignited the role of a real-life
    tragic figure as he portrayed the titular role in Paul Greengrass’s
    ‘Captain Phillips’ in 2013, he provides just enough emotional gravitas
    to make for a memorable role. Even if he doesn’t quite pack the same
    visceral energy he did the 2013 biopic, his performance still demands
    for admiration.

    Sully is a riveting biographical drama blooming with the likeliness of
    Clint Eastwood’s solid direction and Tom Hanks’ blissful talent in the
    performance department. It is a moving picture that unfortunately
    doesn’t quite fall in the crowd of Eastwood’s most masterful features.
    But in the end, the film paints a smart, triumphant tribute to the
    heroic Chelsey Sullenberger, a man that many still admire to this day.

  • secondtakeJanuary 2, 2017Reply

    Professionally made account of a mind-blowing story

    Sully (2016)

    What a story! That’s all Clint Eastwood needed in this case to make a
    compelling movie.

    Of course, we all know the ending to the crash part of things. And we
    think we know what happens to the other plot, the investigation of the
    crash. So this is a movie without surprises, and is mostly about
    recreating the events in a moving way.


    Kudos also go to Tom Hanks, who pulls of a nuanced version of the pilot
    that seems convincing and sympathetic. A star playing a hero.

    The re-creation of the crash itself, and of the simulations afterward,
    are also first rate stuff—gripping, scary stuff.

    All of this said, it’s also true that this is a formula movie. It does
    little to get to actual depths or surprises. It includes a couple of
    short dream sequences that are manipulative (for those of us who
    remember 9/11, at least). It concludes with a two-minute wrap up where
    everyone says golly and a huge room full of people jot a few things
    onto pads of paper. And with a very funny joke, which ends the movie
    with a laugh.

    Could more have been done? Of course. But then it wouldn’t have been a
    simple re- presentation of the facts. It would have been a creative,
    original work of art, which this is not.

    But it’s one heck of a story.

  • CinemaClownJanuary 2, 2017Reply

    Another Quality Addition In The Careers Of Tom Hanks & Clint Eastwood

    Covering the unprecedented event that took place on January 15th, 2009
    and scripted a historic moment in aviation history, Sully is a
    well-crafted & patiently narrated biopic that marks another quality
    addition in Clint Eastwood’s filmography, is handled in a very grounded
    manner & benefits immensely from Tom Hanks’ assured performance.

    Sully tells the story of US Airways pilot Captain Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger who is hailed as a hero by press & people after
    successfully managing to land the damaged airplane on the Hudson river,
    thus saving the lives of all 155 souls aboard. The plot deals with the
    aftermath of the event, focusing on the investigation that followed and
    threatened to destroy his reputation & career.

    Directed by Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby & American
    Sniper), the story is told in a non-liner fashion, going back to the
    events every now n then to give the audience a piece of the puzzle yet
    moving ahead with the investigative process that forms the core of this
    film. Eastwood’s direction exhibits no signs of weariness as Sully
    definitely ranks amongst his better works as a filmmaker.

    The production design team does a splendid job in recreating the entire
    event in meticulous detail and although artistic license is taken here
    n there, it only works out in the film’s favour and assists in
    enriching the drama. Cinematography employs fine use of cold colour
    palette which go hand in hand with its wintry outlook while opting for
    warm temperatures for flashback sequences of Sully’s life.

    Editing is nicely executed for the most part but it also adds a few
    unnecessary moments to stretch its runtime beyond 90 minutes, as
    evident in scenes that briefly focus on people aboard the plane or
    wherever for no reason whatsoever. The background score has an
    understated presence but it does surface when it’s needed. Visual
    effects are passable and does its job but sound definitely takes things
    up by a notch.

    Coming to the performances, Sully features a reliable cast in Tom
    Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn & others, and while the
    rest of the cast play their part well, this is the veteran actor’s show
    all the way. Totally into his character & expressing emotions with
    spot-on accuracy, Hanks carries the entire film on his shoulders and
    delivers another stellar performance, and he is brilliantly supported
    by Eckhart who plays First Officer Jeffrey ”Jeff” Skiles.

    On an overall scale, Sully finishes as another quality addition in the
    careers of both Tom Hanks & Clint Eastwood, and has pretty much all the
    ingredients that resonates with viewers n critics alike. What’s more
    amazing is that even at 86 years, Eastwood simply refuses to slow down
    and he is actually doing a better job at filmmaking than majority of
    directors working in Hollywood today. A quiet yet reverberating tribute
    to daily heroes that’s brought to life with sincere workmanship, Sully
    is definitely worth a shot.

  • kanaujia202January 3, 2017Reply

    Movie makes you question Sully’s decisions

    Excellent representation of a true event. The director did a good job
    of adding drama with lack of action. One wonders if the movie would
    have had a more lasting impression and viewers would be thinking about
    movie more if more drama and action was added to the movie. Tom Hanks
    portrayal of Sully a sincere hard working pilot looks very accurate but
    may not be his best work. Sully’s wife’s role is portrayed well with
    strong presence even though very short. Movie does make one think about
    Sully’s decisions and question if his actions were 100% correct. In
    order to create lasting impression it may have been better to
    exaggerated a little.

  • NezarJanuary 4, 2017Reply

    Shame on you!

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  • Star HopesJanuary 4, 2017Reply

    one of the best movies

    tom hanks was great! i love how this is based on a true story and that
    it seems to go by a lot of what really happened and doesn’t have a lot
    of added drama and excitement thrown in to sell the movie. and if even
    has a great ending. the crew was great and were heroes and so were the
    people who came to rescue them. but i bet the people of NY that saw the
    plane crashing wet themselves.

    i like how it showed the action but how it also took you into the
    hearing too and showed you some of the real lives of the pilot and co
    pilot and how they got through the whole thing too. its one of the best
    movies i have seen.

  • mcanceaJanuary 4, 2017Reply

    Sully review

    Once again Clint Eastwood does it again sully starring tom hanks as he
    is the most respected actor in film for a reason. He killed it as
    sully.Sthe first act was right in the to the event of the films story
    but it gets slow a bit into the second act and then near the third act
    it gets very good and suspenseful. This is an example of a film that
    has a lot of potential it could have been a 10 out of 10 film it
    delivers and what you think should but it could have been for
    suspenseful. This is Clint east woods shortest film and he is still
    knows how to film great movies because this is a great movie it has
    great moments and and flaws that make is not as good but in the he end
    it’s great movie watch it it’s out now. Overall I recommend the film
    it’s a good one.

  • SemisonicJanuary 5, 2017Reply

    When too much glorification is not a good thing

    I’m sure that every one of you knows the story behind this film. A
    passenger plane dies in the air above NYC, and the captain pulls off a
    tricky save by landing the machine on the Hudson. A great job indeed.
    And one way too appealing to make a movie about.

    But it’s just too boring to tell a story about a person who did his job
    right and saved a lot of lives. Or that’s what the cinema bosses might
    be thinking. So let’s bring in some less genuine or relevant conflict
    about the corporate pigs who always aim to blame the little man, or
    about the confused wife and financial struggle back at home. Yeah,
    that’s so much better, now we can actually root for our guy even more
    and see that even if you’re a hero for the whole nation you still have
    severe issues to fix. And what would be better than seeing the little
    man prevail and beat the evil system fair and square for all the world
    to see?

    Well, I don’t know how exactly it was in reality, but the one created
    by Clint Eastwood was a bit too cloying to be appealing. Of course,
    it’s impossible to criticize the work of one of the most esteemed
    actors-turned-director of late, featuring one of the most esteemed
    actors of the last decades, especially when it is about a true heroic
    story America could wholeheartedly call its own. So it’s just easier to
    ignore the general lack of a true drama in this film and let yourself
    be tricked into spending a few bucks to watch something that would at
    last make you feel proud to be an American. After all, it’s not just
    New York that was in a desperate need of good news, especially those
    about an airplane.

    I’m not an American. Still, it’s no problem for me to admit that what
    the real Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger did was extraordinary. What the
    movie industry did with this story, however, is much farther from
    ‘extraordinary’ and much closer to ‘sentiment exploiting and money
    grabbing’. Which of course is a form of art as well, just not as fine
    and noble as saving lives on board of a plane doing down.

  • Inception ReportJanuary 5, 2017Reply

    A Fantastic Examination of A Forced Hero

    When I first heard about a film being made about the proclaimed
    ”Miracle on The Hudson” I wasn’t really sure how much of a watch it was
    going to be compelling or even an event capable of making into a
    feature film but after watching the final product I was extremely
    impressed and I would consider watching this film again. From the first
    few scenes I quickly realised that Tom Hanks was a fantastic choice for
    the role of Chelsey Sullenberger he perfectly embodies his reluctance
    to accept the title that has been hoist upon him and his characters
    experience as a pilot. In my opinion Aaron Eckhart gives his greatest
    performance since The Dark Knight like Hanks he embodies his characters
    experience and knowledge but unlike Hanks he seems more hot headed and
    light hearted making him the perfect person to stand next to Hanks. As
    I previously said I was worried about this film being compelling
    otherwise it could slip into a tedious bore but thankfully it isn’t
    mainly due to the fantastic structuring of this film, the film doesn’t
    open with the plane crash but instead is gradually cut back to and seen
    from different perspectives and it was the best way to do this film as
    it gave weight to the situation and its aftermath, I think if it was
    done in chronological order it would have made the film slow down and
    drag after that pivotal moment. Clint Eastwood did such a good job of
    directing this film but it really shows in the plane crash he makes it
    intense and lifelike. However my biggest issue with Sully is its lack
    of subtlety in certain places, places such as the flashbacks to Sully’s
    career in it felt extremely on the nose and came across as forced
    exposition that was already being perfectly covered with the
    investigation into the crash. Another area that fell flat was Sullys
    family drama it just wasn’t done well and in the end just came across
    as a series of phone conversations that didn’t really add anything to
    this film.

    Sully is a fantastic film, definitely one of Eastwoods better efforts,
    both central performances from Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart at
    brilliant, it manages to turn this event into a compelling and riveting
    experience and I easily one of the best Aviator films I’ve ever seen.


  • sol-January 6, 2017Reply


    Aiming to tell the ”untold story behind the Miracle on the Hudson”,
    this true story drama from Clint Eastwood documents Chesley
    Sullenberger’s safe landing of a damaged plane on a river and how the
    National Transportation Safety Board sought to scrutinise his actions
    rather than celebrate him saving the lives of everyone on board. ”In
    the end, I’m going be judged on 208 seconds” laments Sully, played by
    Tom Hanks here, and this is the most fascinating aspect of the film:
    the verdict will determine how everyone will always perceive him, all
    other merits aside. The film only engages in this dilemma occasionally
    though, and it is only in the final half hour in which the National
    Transportation Safety Board put Sully on trial that the film takes off.
    The first hour of is not worthless, but it is certainly uneven. Clint’s
    decision to leave the real crash until midway through works well as it
    places doubt in our own minds as to what transpired, but since Hanks
    does not have a deeply flawed character like Denzel Washington in the
    similarly themed ‘Flight’, it is only so interesting to watch him
    wallow in self-doubt. The inclusion of extraneous flashbacks, like a
    father and two sons almost missing the flight, also feels like a poor
    attempt to beef the running time up to feature length. Indeed, the
    story here is slim for a standard length motion picture with (again)
    none of the plot complexities of ‘Flight’. As always, Clint directs the
    film in a classy manner and if one avoids thinking about the Washington
    film in the same breath, it is a solidly assembled piece, if one that
    could have been much more.

  • Bob-562January 6, 2017Reply

    Would Have Been a Great 45-Minute Film

    Disappointing. By exaggerating the evil of federal agencies & including
    too many of Sully’s ”nightmares” that could have happened to his
    flight, Eastwood scratched out a feature-length film of 1 hr. 36 min.
    The scenes of the actual disaster are wonderful, but you can palpably
    tell where he’s padding-out scenes & scenarios to stretch it out. A
    little very good movie within a so-so feature-length film. I was
    worried about this movie when it came out–it had generally good
    reviews, but I could tell from what I read that Eastwood resorted to
    what seemed to be flabby scenes, and so I waited till it came out on
    DVD…. And lo and behold! What I feared turned out to be true. Great
    in parts, flab in too many others.

  • hpz-462-658736January 7, 2017Reply

    NTSB bashing not useful

    The 5 is for Tom Hanks’ acting. He plays the cool airline captain very
    well, as we all expected.

    But the NTSB would never hire such an asshole as the guy who plays the
    chief investigator, and they would never get the report on the left
    engine while sitting in a final public meeting. Also, never would the
    NTSB accept simulator tests where the operators were allowed several
    attempts. They are well aware of the stress factor and don’t have to be
    lectured by some film producer. The film makes them look like they had
    done their first accident investigation.

    Once again, Hollywood has created prejudice among lay people for the
    sake of ”good entertainment”. Shame on you, screenwriters and studio!

  • (karlharvey1972)January 7, 2017Reply

    A perfect disaster

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  • Philip VerstraetenJanuary 9, 2017Reply

    Good B-film, but nothing more …

    As mentioned, an interesting story, well told but not much of a movie
    … Technically superior, good acting … However, I find that Tom
    Hanks translates his inner feelings mostly in looking very somber,
    staring, moving slowly … I got the impression method acting is back
    again ! The story is told clearly but on the other hand with few
    surprises. I read here that people find it emotional, are involved
    etc… but I did not feel any of these sensations, on the contrary …

    It doesn’t help that some characters (wife / daughters / …) are so
    empty… We don’t know anything about them and how they really feel or
    react, both to the crash and the investigation that followed.

    Nice to watch but easy to forget …

  • Bello-4January 10, 2017Reply

    Great and Moving Movie Despite Inaccuracies…

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  • Luis Henrique Cabral PachecoJanuary 11, 2017Reply

    Good (76/100)

    This movie tells the true story of the airplane pilot Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), who, in 2009, had to land in the
    Hudson river after a bird strike that disabled both engines. And though
    he was able to save everyone on board, people started doubting if he
    did the right thing and whether or not he could have made it back to
    the airport.

    The film starts after the event had already happened and we see the
    consequences of it both in the media and in Sully’s personal life and
    the actual event is told through flashbacks throughout the movie. One
    of the complains I heard about this film is that there are too many
    flashbacks and most of them are not needed. I partially agree with
    that: they show several clips of the accident always with something
    more (or less) each time they show it and most of them don’t add much
    to the one showed before, so I think some of these should have been
    cut. There’s another unneeded clip that shows Sully learning how to fly
    a plane and one showing him in the air-force landing a jet (though it’s
    not needed, this one is pretty cool).

    I found acting in this movie to be mostly okay. Tom Hanks and Aaron
    Eckhart are both great as the two main leads but the rest of the actors
    were not that good.

    Here in Brazil this movie is called ”Sully: The Hero of the Hudson
    River” and that basically tells you everything about how the movie want
    us to see Captain Sully: as a hero, and the ones that are ”agaist” him:
    as the villains. And that’s my biggest issue with this movie: there is
    a clear ”right” side and ”wrong” side. The people investigating if he
    did or not the right thing are portrayed as villains and thus we don’t
    ask ourselves if what he did was right or not. I think the film would
    be much better if we kept asking ourselves who’s side is the ”right”
    one! That happens briefly in the fist act but it just stops! And the
    villains are not even good villains they’re just blend!

    Clint Eastwood’s direction is really good for the most part; There’s
    one scene that I found it sort of weird: Anna Gunn’s character is the
    only one talking and there’s two other people in the frame with her and
    she’s almost out of the frame and every time it cuts back to her it’s
    this exact same angle!

    Most of the characters, with exception of Tom Hank’s and Aaron
    Eckhart’s, I found to be kinda generic though the movie focus is mostly
    in the main leads. But surprisingly one character that gets too much
    screen time is the guy from the air traffic control, he has two
    pointless scenes and he is by far the worst actor in the movie!

    It has good suspense (mainly in the ending scene) and a good
    atmosphere, result of the really good cinematography.

    This film has good acting (for the most part), good atmosphere,
    cinematography, suspense and it’s overall a good movie. Check it out
    for yourself.

  • KineticSeoulJanuary 12, 2017Reply

    A stand out factual movie about a stand up guy

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  • jevonlondoner-15682January 12, 2017Reply

    Tom Hanks is just amazing!

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  • chrispapakrJanuary 14, 2017Reply

    One Of The Best Movies Of 2016

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  • adonis98-743-186503January 14, 2017Reply

    I was expecting more to be honest..

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  • jb_campoJanuary 15, 2017Reply

    Good depiction of heroism

    Sully features a strong performance by Tom Hanks as the Captain of a
    fateful US Airways flight that skirted death by a miraculous successful
    water landing in the Hudson River after taking off from Laguardia
    airport in NYC.

    This reminded me a bit of the fictitious movie Flight, where the pilot
    did something heroic, then was questioned every which way about why it
    happened. In this case, why could you not get back safely to an

    We know the ending of the event, but Sully gives you a behind the
    scenes feeler into what happened afterwards.

    The weakness of the film is that there was that one point (the takeoff
    incident) that was the focus, nothing else. Eastwood as director tried
    to bring in other events in Sully’s life about his love of flying, his
    youth, his relationship with his wife, but those added really very
    little to the story.

    I would have liked to see more info about the co-pilot, excellently
    played by Aaron Eckhert. That might have helped support the story
    better. But maybe there was no drama there to build on. Eastwood tried
    to build some supporting drama, but his only real focus was the crew’s
    reaction after the poop hit the fans, literally. That left very little
    to excite the viewer.

    The film takes some swipes at bureaucracy, and the often times idiocy
    of people who were not there taking judgment. It’s unclear if the FAA
    questioned ANY of the passengers who had survived, or whether they just
    investigated based on black box data.

    The flight scenes are terrifically realistic, and the heroism of the
    entire crew under fire was just incredible. I recommend Sully as a very
    good depiction of a real life event. It’s a film that is worth seeing
    in spite of the short focus of the plot. Enjoy.

  • padaJanuary 15, 2017Reply

    9/10 SUPERB Well crafted storytelling

    Best film I’ve seen this year so far.

    Superb storytelling , fortunately I watched this having not known the
    actual story beyond the headline. It meant all the drama and
    revelations were real to me .

    Superb acting , directing and special effects . The Tom Hanks / Clint
    Eastwood combination was a match made in Hollywood perfection . Great
    supporting acting by Aaron Eckhart and Anna Gunn.

    A human story , a triumph over adversity , a battle against the system
    , huge respect for the rescue services , makes you think of the events
    of 11/9/01

    I’m a great fan of the 90 minute movie , if you can tell a story in 90
    minutes why run to 120 ? And there’s an added bonus in the final
    credits so stay around till the end

    Best film of 2017 so far so why have the award ceremonies overlooked it

  • mikerosslawJanuary 16, 2017Reply

    Eastwood and Hanks’ treatment of Sully himself is inauthentic and overripe, and the denouement as boring as a school board meeting

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  • WhingewoodJanuary 17, 2017Reply

    Interesting dramatisation of a real-life event

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  • murrapJanuary 20, 2017Reply

    Fantasy wins over fact.

    Eastwood takes an amazing incident but one from which he cannot make a
    film without wildly diverging from the facts. Sully is made a
    persecuted hero as if it was a Spaghetti Western (who was the director
    again?). The post-crash incident investigation was a complete
    distortion but necessary to make a story. I really dislike filmmakers
    playing fast and loose with real life events without any
    acknowledgement. An aircraft incident investigation is just not carried
    on as described. But I guess most people don’t care as long as they
    leave the cinema warm and fuzzy. The crash re-creation sequences were
    incredibly well done though and reclaimed the film.

  • burkey_bJanuary 21, 2017Reply

    Like watching paint dry.

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  • Bryan KlugerJanuary 23, 2017Reply

    I’d ride with ‘Sully’ anytime.

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  • Rameshwar INJanuary 26, 2017Reply

    A crackling performance by Tom Hanks dealing a powerful incident with operational efficiency

    It is difficult to forget the positivity and heartwarming end to some
    powerful events that we come across in our daily life or through the
    media and ‘Sully’ covers one such event which consoled the world that
    not every bad incident would end in a tragedy. While the incident is
    still powerfully etched in our minds due to its coverage, this movie
    tries to cover the human aspect and behind-the-scenes events from the
    perspective of the man who made this possible – Captain Chesley

    On 15th January, 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 (Airbus 320-214) took off
    from New York’s LaGuardia Airport with the experienced and sure-handed
    Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) at the helm along with
    his First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles (Aaron Eckhart). Three minutes into
    take-off, the flight was hit by a flock of Canada geese leading to the
    shutdown of its engines and flight losing its thrust. Using all his
    experience as a flight safety expert, glider pilot as well as his
    instincts, Sully landed the plane on the River Hudson without any
    casualties despite instructions to return to the source airport or the
    other nearby options. An inquiry was ordered by NTSB whose initial
    evaluation through flight simulators suggested that it would have been
    possible for the flight to have made it back to LaGuardia airport. With
    evidence mounting against him, can Sully come out of this serious
    accusation of endangering lives of all the passengers and crew aboard
    the flight.

    It is impossible to not draw comparisons with a similarly themed Robert
    Zemeckis’s movie ‘Flight’ which also deals with a freak and impossible
    crash landing followed by an investigation. The major difference apart
    from one being fiction is the melodrama quotient. ‘Sully’ deals the
    entire episode with operational efficiency without bringing in emotion
    where it was not necessary. The surprising and overwhelming nature of
    the situation that doesn’t have a precedence is well countered by the
    experience, maturity and confidence of the Captain who is a veteran of
    thousands of flight hours and air-crash investigations – aptly
    portrayed by Tom Hanks. The way Sully is shown to conduct himself in
    this extraordinary situation makes you respect the real man even more.
    While the focus is mostly on Sully, Aaron Eckhart shows his quality by
    making his presence felt without actually having to force it in. One
    more interesting segment is how Sully deals with the situation on the
    personal front with his wife Lorraine (Laura Linney) while speculating
    possible outcomes from the impending investigation.

    Apart from the leads, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad fame) also gives a
    nuanced performance as Elizabeth Davis, an NTSB panel member who was
    heading the investigation. Rest of the cast gives an apt performance
    despite just being in the background. Coming to the technical
    departments – the visual effects of the crash looks natural, the
    screenplay makes the events more interesting by non-linear
    flip-flopping between the incident and the investigation. However the
    final hearing of the investigation is hurried to bring the revelations
    hastily in a day which in reality would have taken weeks to conclude.
    Despite its short runtime, it sometimes felt repetitive and dragging
    occasionally. Age seems to be just a number for director Clint Eastwood
    who has maintained relevance and quality in his second innings (last
    10-15 years) which is a stark contrast of the genre for which he was a
    superstar for decades previously.

    A crackling performance by Tom Hanks dealing a powerful incident with
    operational efficiency.

  • 2fresh 2cleanJanuary 27, 2017Reply

    Another One For Tom Hanks!

    Tom Hanks is great in this biopic of Chesley Sullenberger, the hero
    pilot who landed his jet in the Hudson River after it was damaged,
    saving the lives of every passenger and crew aboard. This is a great
    piece of work directed by Clint Eastwood illustrating that the one
    doing the actual job sometimes knows what’s best. This is probably one
    of the best films of the year with a screen play that is magnificent
    and the cast couldn’t have been better. I knew this was going to be a
    good film before going into it because of the talent of Tom Hanks and I
    knew this film was going to be kept simple without any extra irrelevant
    Hollywood fillers added to it. ”Sully” is definitely worth the watch.

  • Michael_ElliottJanuary 28, 2017Reply

    Intense Character Study

    Sully (2016)

    *** 1/2 (out of 4)

    Highly entertaining film from Clint Eastwood about the 2009 ”Miracle on
    the Hudson” where pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) had both
    engine’s fail and in an desperate attempt had to land to plane in the
    Hudson River. He was quickly labeled a hero but this film explains the
    emotional toll that this had on him.

    SULLY is certainly a very entertaining movie that manages to keep you
    entertained throughout and it gets a lot of credit for telling a recent
    story that most people are going to already know about and manage to
    hold your attention throughout. It seems the biggest news about the
    film in recent months was the fact that it was shut out at the Oscars.
    Usually with an A-list star and director plus a box office hit, you get
    more attention from the Academy but even with the lack of love the film
    is certainly still worth seeing.

    The most impressive thing for me was the fact that most people were
    already familiar with the events here yet Eastwood managed such tight
    direction that you couldn’t help but feel the pressure of the landing
    and the aftermath. I mean, everyone knows that everyone made it off the
    plane yet the landing sequences here are truly intense and manage to
    keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The film shows the
    landing several times throughout the movie and each time from a
    different point of view. It doesn’t matter which view you’re seeing it
    from, the intense factor is certainly there.

    Another major plus is that you’ve got such a great cast of characters
    doing great work. All of the minor roles are played wonderfully and the
    better known actors also do a terrific job. Laura Linney deserves a lot
    of credit for her scenes as Sully’s wife. Then you’ve got the always
    underrated Aaron Eckhart who plays the co-pilot. Then there is Hanks
    who is obviously one of the best known actors out there. He fully sinks
    into this character and to the point where you see the character only
    and not just Tom Hanks playing a part. I was really impressed with the
    transformation that Hanks went through and I thought it was really
    spectacular here with how much emotion was here. The dark side of your
    fifteen-minutes of fame is something Hanks nailed.

    Technically speaking the film is quite impressive and there’s no doubt
    that there’s plenty of entertainment here for everyone. I wouldn’t call
    the film flawless or great but what few flaws there are isn’t going to
    kill anything.

  • artmania90February 1, 2017Reply

    A missed opportunity

    Clint Eastwood has nothing to prove to anyone anymore. Having won a
    handful of Oscars and directed two Best Picture winners, we are only so
    lucky to have such an esteemed veteran behind the camera (he just
    turned 86 this past year). His repertoire covers a wide range of
    subject and setting, from westerns to historical pictures to modern
    fiction. He has hit’s and misses. It’s unfortunate that such an
    inspiring story as the Miracle on the Hudson could wind up so flat on
    the big screen.

    It wasn’t but a few years ago, and I know we all know the story – how
    Captain Sullenburger successfully ditched his US Airways flight into
    the river just outside of Manhattan and miraculously kept everyone on
    board alive and well. It was a 1 in a million landing, all the more
    spectacular and alarming for taking place so close to Ground Zero. The
    world proclaimed him a hero, but (you guessed it) some had initial

    The story itself follows Sully in the immediate aftermath of the
    landing, when he and his copilot (Aaron Echart as Jeff Skiles) are
    hotel-bound while a hearing is underway to investigate the cause of the
    crash. Sully frequently calls his wife Lorraine (Laura Linney) at home
    to assure her that he is okay and will be home soon. The hearings
    proceed simultaneous to an endless barrage of news coverage and late
    night appearances. In the same day, Sully met with both Katie Couric
    and David Letterman.

    The trailer promised a somewhat suspenseful story with a crash scene
    that would rival that of the movie ”Flight.” We flash back several
    times in the film to the actual incident, when birds struck both
    engines and caused the plane to lose forward thrust. The entire
    incident was so quick (200 seconds or so) that Eastwood devotes several
    scenes to show the crash in it’s entirety from various perspectives.
    It’s a Rashomon approach in many ways, and the effect is a powerful
    testament to the quick wits of not only Sully but the flight crew and
    the Coast Guard and even passersby watching a plane descend into the
    frigid Hudson River in disbelief.

    Tom Hanks, of course, plays the titular character. He is barely there,
    so steadfast in his beliefs and quiet in his doubts, I don’t think any
    other man would be as suited for the role. One would think that this
    would be a sure bet for an Oscar nomination (and well overdue: Hanks
    hasn’t been nominated since Cast Away in 2000) but his performance is
    as muted and subtle as anything he has done. From crash to court
    hearings, Sully is played as a man you understand to be a real hero. He
    is quiet, determined, scared of being wrong but persistent when he
    knows he is right.

    The villains (the National Transportation Safety Board who scrutinize
    his every move) are often laughable and there for the obvious reason of
    creating more cinematic drama. I don’t know how factual the film is in
    regards to the final scenes, but we are led to believe that Sully is on
    the cusp of being fired for having endangered the lives of everyone on
    board. Flight simulations (and we see no less than 4 entire flight
    simulation sequences, mind you) prove that the plane could have landed
    safely at LaGuardia, and it comes down to a simple speech by Sully in
    which human error ultimately would have made landing on a runway

    When the movie is good, it’s good, but when it’s not, it’s apparent.
    There are many sequences of PTSD and such from Sully’s perspective that
    feel taped on and hasty. A dream sequence in which Katie Couric
    presents a news story about Sully being a fraud is forced to say the
    least. Clint Eastwood has never been a meticulous director known for
    precision edits or immaculate framing. Sully simply feels like a rough
    cut that required a few more trims to make it feel concise. Hanks is
    great, of course, and the story is inspiring. The film itself leaves a
    bit to be desired. Still, for a man closer to 90 years old in age, I
    doubt you will find a more assured director working today.

  • heat9120February 1, 2017Reply

    Should have stuck more to the real story

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  • Vasco CidFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    An ironical uneventful crash landing

    Clint Eastwood apparently felt the need to adapt the events of the
    Miracle on The Hudson into a feature film. After watching it, you might
    just wonder if you find that need too.

    Barely clocking in at 90 minutes, Eastwood prosaically rushes and
    stifles whatever material there is to transpose and work with, as Tom
    Hanks, playing another Tom Hanks’ default role (who else could have
    played it anyway), does whatever he can with a by-the-numbers basic
    ”script”. When in such a short film a director and a screenwriter are
    required to repeatedly relapse into dream sequences of the
    could-had-been, you know you’re in for a (figurative) crash landing.

    In the end Sully is nothing more than harmless, forgettable and
    ironically uneventful. If that’s a capital cinema crime, I can’t decide
    but I do know that I’m not part of the audience Eastwood looked to

  • jadavixFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    Simple heroism, shown wonderfully

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  • copperfoxFebruary 6, 2017Reply

    Just the story – no more, no less

    I’ve become a big fan of Clint Eastwood when it comes to directing
    quality movies. One thing that I especially like is that Eastwoods
    movies tend to have a clear purpose – a story they want to tell.
    Technically the production is top notch, everything feels like it’s in
    the right place and nothing important is missing. Just above one and
    half hours is perfect run time for this movie. It gives us enough back
    story, the actual incident and an agreeable ending.

    This is a pattern that works particularly well in stories revolving
    around real world incidents. I wanted to know about Sully, the actual
    incident and the dispute between Sully and insurance companies. I got
    exactly that without any unnecessary relationship drama.

    When it comes to acting Tom Hanks always brings his A-game on. I can’t
    remember a single Tom Hanks movie that I wasn’t even somewhat
    interested in. Not only is Hanks able to carry less interesting movies
    he can make good movies even better. Tom Hanks is Sully, but boy does
    seeing him so gray make me feel old all of a sudden.

    Another stellar performance comes from Aaron Eckhart as Sullys co-
    pilot Jeff Skiles. Eckhart and Hanks have a very good chemistry and
    balance each other out. Sully being the more serious one of the two
    while Skiles brings in some much needed humour.

    Storywise the movie moves along with a rather nice pace. It takes quite
    a while to get to the actual incident but everything about it is filmed
    beautifully and – what I can only believe – true to the original
    accident. The movie has plenty of side characters that you feel for
    even with a short introduction.

    ”Sully” is a technically flawless movie that gives a great
    dramatization of a real world incident that shook the World eight years
    ago. It is not a movie that shines particularly on any area, yet there
    is nothing I could think that should’ve been done differently. It
    captures precisely what it aims to do and that is to tell a good story
    that touches your heart as it is.

  • jtindahouseFebruary 7, 2017Reply

    Flawed, but inspiring nonetheless

    Whether or not Captin Sullenberger was genuinely an American hero has
    been a much discussed topic ever since January 15, 2009. Some say what
    we did was incredible and certainly heroic, others will argue that he
    was simply doing his job (by the sounds of it he may even argue for the
    latter himself). Regardless of where you stand, no one could argue that
    he did his job fantastically well that day.

    ‘Sully’ is actually a film I can relate to on a personal level. I was a
    flight attendant for a couple of years and during my time we had a
    flight that was showing signals of a possible internal fire. We had to
    return to the nearest airport and I (as the sole flight attendant on
    board) had to evacuate 50 passengers mid-runway. I can confirm that
    that is a harrowing experience that sticks with you for a long time
    afterwards. What these people did, both the pilots and flight
    attendants, will never be easy for them to forget.

    The film itself isn’t perfect. The biggest flaw it has it that
    structurally it’s a bit of a mess. A 3 minute event doesn’t exactly
    lend itself to a film. The scenes of the actual crash are brilliant.
    They’re captivating to watch and are filmed brilliantly. It’s the
    filler that doesn’t really sit that well. The board room scenes feel
    overacted and unnecessarily harsh. They are purely that way to add some
    conflict to the story. It was needed, but it feels far from natural.

    ‘Sully’ is a film that could have been a complete mess without a
    competent director. Luckily, Clint Eastwood was up the task. I imagine
    his job was more a case of paving over the cracks in the script than
    anything else. He did his job effectively though and the end result is
    a good, if somewhat forgettable, tribute to some people who did their
    job fantastically on that particular day.

  • kgprophetFebruary 10, 2017Reply

    Fact is less interesting than Fiction

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  • Reel Life ReviewsFebruary 13, 2017Reply

    Tom and Clint make a great pair

    Tom Hanks gave another stellar performance. He didn’t have to portray a
    dying AIDS patient or a mentally handicapped person for this one, he
    just needed to be a pilot. He gave an understated and honest
    performance that had me completely bought in. This isn’t a linear
    story; Eastwood hops around the time line quite a bit. Flashbacks are
    so long you forget events aren’t happening in real-time. When I first
    heard this was being turned into a movie I honestly didn’t know how
    they would make it. It turns out there was a lot more to it than just
    the crash. If Hanks doesn’t get a nomination for this, I at least hope
    best supporting actor goes to Aaron Eckhart…….’s mustache because
    that was on point!

  • gradyharpFebruary 14, 2017Reply

    ‘It’s not a crash, it was a forced water landing.’

    Topical docudramas don’t always work; this one does. This once in a
    lifetime incident was reported in the book Brace for Impact: The
    Chesley B. Sullenberger Story (2010) by Chelsey Sully Sullenberger,
    well adapted for the screen by Todd Komarnicki, and adroitly directed
    by Clint Eastwood.

    The manner of telling the story on film is at times a bit disconcerting
    because of the manner in which the screenplay jolts between after the
    event, dreams by Sully, and the even and the final ‘trial’. But in the
    end it works – largely in part due to the reliable Tom Hanks as
    assisted by Aaron Eckhart.

    Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), with his co-pilot Jeff
    Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), made aviation history on January 15th, 2009
    when he successfully landed an Airbus A320 flight 1549 on the Hudson
    River instead of the intended LaGuardia Airport: a flock of birds flew
    into the engines, disabling and breaking them. 155 people walked off
    the plane that day. However, even as Sully was being heralded as a hero
    by the survivors and the public and the media for his unprecedented
    feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened
    to destroy his reputation and his career. Further tension is provided
    by Sully’s frightened telephone calls with his wife Lorraine (Laura
    Linney). A fine cast of actors hold the hearings in which Sully defends
    is actions and proves his heroism.

    This is a solid film, ell photographed and acted and directed and
    brings to the public eye the action of a living hero. It is
    inspirational – especially today.

  • bcordnerFebruary 16, 2017Reply

    Sully is a true story about the plane that crashed on the Hudson River.

    Movie Review Sully is a true story that is…… no words can tell how
    great it is. Even though the movie is hour and thirty six minutes it’s
    still amazing. It won’t be a waste of your time. It has some drama and
    explains what really happened during this event. Sully is about a
    captain named Chesley Sullenberger that landed a plane on the Hudson
    River. People call him Sully. Also explains what he and many people
    went through during this event.The movie also shows what the passengers
    went through. Mostly the movie is about what happened after the event.
    This movie stars Tom Hanks as Sully and he is probably the best actor
    in it. Tom Hanks brings the drama into the movie. Movies that are true
    stories explain the event that happened really well. This movie
    explains what Sully went through during this hard event. He had a ton
    of people talking to him that he could’ve made it to the airport but
    with all his knowledge he knew he couldn’t of. The miracle of landing
    the plane on the Hudson happens at the very beginning. During the movie
    there are flashbacks and nightmares that Sully has after this event has
    happened. Sully and his co-pilot had to go to a hearing with the
    National Transportation Safety Board because they wanted to make sure
    there wasn’t any different safer options of landing. The NTSB said from
    evidence from the computer simulations that they could of made it back
    to LaGuardia Airport. Sully disagrees.

    People might not like this movie because they are familiar with the
    event but the movie explains what Sully actually went through. Many
    people will love this movie because it’s amazing to know that this
    actually happened and no one died. This is probably one of the best
    true story movies I have seen. Some of the best parts is probably the
    flashbacks and all the miracles that happen in the movie.

    The drama and the way they explain the event is fantastic. I didn’t
    know a lot about this movie and at the end of the movie I was fully
    educated on what had happened. I recommend this movie from my
    perspective of the movie. Go watch the movie , it won’t be a let down.

  • Mark Turner ([email protected])February 18, 2017Reply

    Defining A Hero

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  • Rafin RyanFebruary 19, 2017Reply

    Such emotional touch!!

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  • vvp_14February 20, 2017Reply

    Fantastic job by Clint Eastwood

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  • Smokey_TFebruary 22, 2017Reply

    A better recent Eastwood, but still (typically) flawed.

    Eastwood’s more recent films have often left me wondering if he has
    been approaching, or even reached, the logical end of what has been a
    lengthy career. I have often considered him one of my favorite
    directors. While his films are sometimes and somewhat imperfect,
    perhaps self-indulgent, they are usually interesting, and possess a
    particularly unique quality.

    I can recall this film being criticised for it’s re-showing the last
    few minutes of the flight. In another film this might provide greater
    insight, or reveal a new dimension to the event, perhaps a twist of
    some sort. In Sully this appears to both serve as a departure from the
    rather pedestrian events before and after the landing, keeping the
    viewer interested, and also to reinforce that this was an event that
    was experienced by many New Yorkers. Perhaps reinforcing to Americans
    that this was a significant national event. Eastwood is certainly no
    stranger to infecting his films with his personal ideologies, and I
    suspect this film yet another example of the director’s politics at
    work. This was most apparent in the decision to depart in corny and
    dramatic fashion from the truth of events following the event.

    Such significant distortions in a film pretending to be factual and
    biographic should come as no surprise to viewers familiar with the
    liberties taken in Eastwood’s other biopics, particularly American
    Sniper. I can only attribute these unnecessary deviations from an
    honest portrayal of events and characters to the favorite tricks of a
    beguiling, but sometimes clumsy storyteller/myth-maker, if not the
    direct effect of a director whose political axe requires grinding with
    each and every film. Be that grievance one with big government, or the
    crippled that can’t access his restaurant, or his love affair with war
    heroes that are confirmed notorious bullshitters with the moral fiber a

    Like most of Eastwood’s films this is a quality product, it is dry, but
    well filmed, and remains engaging. It is unfortunate that while his
    films appear so convincingly authoritative, and grounded within the
    real, they are persistently undermined by their creator’s decision to
    be creative or dishonest regarding the characters and narrative.


  • zkonedogFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    Well-Made Movie, But A Complete Lack Of Conflict Keeps It From Greatness

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  • zensixtiesMarch 1, 2017Reply

    Sully cements Tom Hanks as a high quality serious actor, while telling an important story

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  • Ethan JonesMarch 3, 2017Reply

    An actually excellent movie. Would 100% recommend you watch it.

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  • dertwonshuw-51350March 3, 2017Reply

    NTSB not the Bad Guys

    Great story. Great guy, a true hero, in fact. Mediocre movie. Why? I
    give the movie only 5 stars because I question the portrayal of the
    NTSB as the ”bad guys”. Ah, but in Hollywood’s version of reality there
    always has to be bad guys. Right?

    That is my only criticism of the movie. My wife and I actually enjoyed
    it, and I cannot think of anyone else who could have played Sully so
    convincingly. Hanks portrayed accurately the reality of what Sully

    I waited until I read Sully’s book before writing my comment. I wanted
    to know if the NTSB hassled him as much as the movie depicted. There
    was nothing there. If there was, at least Sully did not write about it.

    Does Eastwood not fly anymore? Does anyone involved in this movie not
    fly? Even if the NTSB did ask hard questions, that is their job. No
    need to imply that they had bad motives.

  • chaphekar_adityaMarch 5, 2017Reply

    Another impressive performance by Tom Hanks

    I was keen to watch the film-Sully as its based on biography and no one
    would have done better than Tom Hanks as Sully.

    Imagine the situation where the engines are broken and what would have
    been the fate of the passengers and the crew if the pilot would have
    delayed the decision of landing the plane into the river. All the lives
    were at stake and still he pulled something very unusual and
    miraculous. The sound of the film is terrific.

    Tom Hanks has been excellent again as he balances those emotions with
    subtlety and grace. Tom did it in the film- Captain Phillips and now
    again…an outstanding performance.

    This is the best film of 2016 so far. Top Notch work by Client
    Eastwood. There was no additional drama or irrelevant scenes in the

  • blazedounalMarch 6, 2017Reply

    best and emotional movie 2016

    Greetings again from the darkness. Society has a tendency to go to
    extremes – hero worship for those who probably don’t deserve it and
    character assassination for those who have the gall to be less than
    perfect. Chesley ”Sully” Sullenberger has experienced both. Sully
    continues Eastwood’s success by giving us probably the most human drama
    of 2016.

    On January 15, 2009, US Airways pilots Captain Chesley ”Sully”
    Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles board US Airways Flight 1549
    from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
    Three minutes into the flight, at an approximate altitude of 2,800 feet
    (approx. 850 m), the Airbus A320 strikes a flock of birds, disabling
    both engines. Without engine power and judging themselves unable to
    reach nearby airports. Sully landed the aircraft on the Hudson River.
    The crew and passengers evacuate without casualty. The press and public
    hail Sullenburger a hero, but the incident leaves him with nightmare,
    and he repeatedly imagines the plane crashing into a building.

    Sully learns that preliminary data from ACARS suggest that the port
    engine was still running at idle power. Theoretically, this would have
    left him with enough power to return to LaGuardia or land at Teterboro.
    The National Transportation Safety Board claims that several
    confidential computerized simulations show the plane could have landed
    safely at either airport. Sully, however, insists that he lost both
    engines, which left him without sufficient time, speed, or altitude to
    land safely at any airport.

    Sully realizes that the Board believes the accident may have been pilot
    error, which would end his career. He arranges to have the simulations
    rerun with live pilots, and the results are relayed to the public
    hearing. Both simulations result in successful landings, one at each
    airport. Sully argues that they are unrealistic because the pilots knew
    in advance of the situation they would face and of the suggested
    emergency action, and were able to practice the scenario several times.
    The board accepts that in real life the pilots would have taken some
    time to react and run emergency checks before deciding to land the

    The two simulations are rerun and relayed to the hearing, this time
    allowing a 35-second pause before the plane is landed. The simulated
    diversion to LaGuardia ends with the plane landing short of the runway,
    and to Teterboro with a crash into buildings before the airport. The
    board announces that analysis of the port engine, now recovered from
    the river, confirms Sully’s account that it was disabled by the bird
    strikes. The board concludes that Sullenberger acted correctly in
    selecting the best of the options available to him, which in the event
    saved the lives of everyone aboard.

  • tafilint2003March 7, 2017Reply

    Not bad, but shamefully not mentioning the quality of the plane

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  • arrgh-46956March 7, 2017Reply

    An over-hyped wishy-washy drama

    EVERYONE’S been raving about this film. Many critics have given it
    four-star and even five-star ratings. General viewers everywhere have
    also liked it very much, and this is testified by the current average
    rating on this site: 7.5/10. ”Go and see Sully”, they say. ”It’s
    amazing.” ”It’s ALL ABOUT SULLY.” And this was to be expected. The
    heroic true story of a guy successfully landing a plane on the Hudson
    river; that premise is simply screaming to be made into a film. So,
    Eastwood leapt at the opportunity.

    What do I like about this movie? Well, the first act of the
    plane-landing sequence is great. It’s very tense indeed, with the sound
    effects and visual effects being bang on. Even though you know the
    plane will be landed safely, you still feel the sheer terror of the
    ordeal. In other words, the 12A rating was certainly well merited.
    Also, some of the characterisation is very good. Tom Hanks, as ever,
    gives us a charismatic and charming performance; and Eckhart also
    shines in his role as a co-pilot.

    As well as this, the central plot is as complex as it needs to be.
    Every critical aspect of the repercussions of the plane-landing
    procedure is explored, so you’re given a great insight of the full

    What don’t I like about this film? Well, the worst element has to be
    the fact that every character other than Sullenberger and his co-pilot
    is MAJORLY lacking in any kind of development. And that’s particularly
    terrible due to the genre of this movie. In a biopic drama, the
    characterisation is arguably THE single most critical element; if it’s
    not nailed, the movie loses buckets upon buckets of credibility.

    Honestly, there are characters in there who are so washed out that I
    wouldn’t even call the people playing them bona fide actors. Their
    motivations and personalities are so all over the show that they
    corrupt the movie as sure as a virus corrupts the cells of a human
    body. I mean seriously, that guy who scolds poor Sully over a
    hallucination when he tells him to go through to an interview room; he
    is just…ugh!

    Also, the second act of the plane-landing sequence, where the plane is
    actually on the Hudson; that’s a fiasco and a half. It just doesn’t
    come over to me as what would have actually happened. There’s no sense
    of order, and it feels like a throwback to an apocalyptic sci-fi movie
    more than a recital of a real-life event.

    To illustrate, during said half of the sequence, there’s a news
    reporter who says, when all the passengers have evacuated the plane,
    something to the nearest effect of, ”The passengers are currently
    exposed to a wind chill of minus-five, so they have literally minutes
    to live.” Nonsense! If an average-clothed human body is exposed to that
    sort of temperature, it’ll take them many hours, or even days to die of
    cold; not minutes! Moreover, the passengers in question DO NOT look as
    though they’re on the verge of hypothermia by any means. They’re
    clearly cold and shivering, but that’s all. It’s so dumb!

    Oh, and it’s also during that scene that the bad characterisation hits
    its all-time low. There’s an air hostess who forces one of the
    passengers into a lethally compromising situation, and there’s zero
    justification as to why she does so. It makes you hate her character
    intensely, and it detracts hugely from the heroic tone which the scene
    needs to have.

    As well as that, the structure of this film is a huge let-down. It was
    right for Eastwood to discuss the issues relating to the plane-landing
    in a non-chronological way, but the order in which everything’s tackled
    is so off that the film feels very messy. There’s too much of a
    ”back-and-forth” feel to the whole thing, so it makes your head swim.
    And I was sorely disappointed that the plane-landing sequence wasn’t
    reserved for the finale. It was bunged in the middle; and consequently,
    the film’s final act loses a lot of its power.

    Also, the product placement in a certain scene; MERCY, it’s nowhere
    near discreet enough. Seriously, there’s a scene where Sullenberger’s
    in a bar, and we get an advertising campaign so overt that Sully may as
    well have simply turned to the camera and said directly to the
    audience, ”Drink this beer, and you’ll become as great a pilot as me.”
    (Disclaimer: Beer will NOT in fact make you as great a pilot as Mr
    Sully; flying a plane while under the influence is dangerous.)

    Verdict: 50% That may sound harsh, but when you collect together all
    that this film did wrong, I’m sure you’ll understand. Sully is the kind
    of film that I like to call easy. In other words, while a laid-back old
    fogey in a retirement home could watch it and smile, those who are
    acquainted with enough perception to see that 2001: A Space Odyssey is
    more poetic than Men in Black will see it as the insipid cash-grab that
    it is. There are one or two decent and appropriately hard-hitting bits,
    but Hanks’s magnum-opus this is not.

  • Mike BozartMarch 9, 2017Reply

    Airworthy – worth a rental/viewing

    We live in Charlotte, where this ill-fated Airbus A320 now resides in
    an aviation museum adjacent to the CLT airport. I took my wife to see
    the mangled jetliner two years ago. She, not being from America, nor in
    America at the time of the accident, was not familiar with the January
    15, 2009 water landing on the near-frozen Hudson River next to

    When looking for a decent rental at our local Red Box yesterday, she
    asked if this movie (Sully) was about ‘that’ plane. I told her that it
    was, and we went ahead and swiped our debit card and took the DVD home.

    I was expecting an average (5-stars-out-of-ten), solid, but probably
    not exceptional Eastwood-directed movie … and was pleasantly
    surprised. We both found the acting to be superb. Hanks didn’t
    ‘overplay’ his real-life, heroic-yet-modest pilot. I especially liked
    his reflective and anxious moments alone. Moreover, I thought that this
    movie was a fair rendering of the man, the gut-wrenching 5-minute
    flight, the media circus, and the governmental inquisition aftermath.

    My wife scored it an 8.5 (she thoroughly loved it) and I gave it a 7.5
    (maybe I’m too critical in my old age). Thus, 8 stars it gets from us.
    You could certainly spend $1.61 and two hours much worse.

  • Mejjo2March 21, 2017Reply

    Fantastic Movie

    Sully is one of the best movies i have watched in a long time. After
    following the story on this accident since the day it happened i was
    quite excited to learn they were making this movie. I think its
    fantastic that they have Tom Hanks playing the captain of the flight.
    He plays the part absolutely flawlessly. The movie is put together very
    well and shows very accurate events from the awful incident of the US
    Airways Airbus landing on the Hudson river.

  • ArjunDSPMarch 24, 2017Reply

    Another gem in the thread of Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks

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  • rob o'copMarch 30, 2017Reply

    Hanks delivers quality, Eastwood delivers old man Hollywood clichés

    This is a great story and Hanks and Ekhart deliver strong performances,
    and that really should be enough to make a great movie but sprinkled
    throughout it are cliché shot after cliché dialog. Sully jogs, and
    ‘thinks’, almost getting hit by a cab driver who delivers a cliché cab
    driver line. Lot’s of cliché ‘thinking’ shots cos we’ve got to know
    that Sully is ‘thinking’. It just comes across as uninspired obvious
    film making and we should be seeing better from Eastwood and whoever
    wrote the script. Eastwood and script writer also choose to manufacture
    confrontation when in the original story it wasn’t there, showing they
    fell short on the skill and ability to tell an exciting story about
    decent good people doing good things in difficult situations without
    making stuff up. Artistic license is in how you tell the story, not the
    details of it. Maybe it’s time Eastwood retired to day time telly

  • GUENOT PHILIPPE ([email protected])April 2, 2017Reply

    Good Eastwood’s vehicle

    First, when I heard about this film making, the subject, I wondered
    what the hell could any one make a movie with such a topic. You have
    nothing extraordinary here, nothing really, unless being one of the
    airplane passengers rescued. This is not even a disaster movie. But, in
    his shortest movie ever, Clint Eastwood gave us a real ”tour de force”,
    an authentic performance, especially in the editing, and of course
    acting and filming. He is a great director, although this is not his
    best ever. But it is certainly a very good, flawless, excellent piece
    of work. Another director would have made a boring and predictable
    story, because every one in the audience already knows it by heart.

    An awesome surprise for such an expected story which you already know
    the end in advance.

  • MovieLord23April 13, 2017Reply

    Solid film that chooses to deliver the facts and not much else

    Sully is based on the pilot of the airplane that landed on the Hudson
    River after both engines failed. It was dubbed a miracle due to the
    fact that no one died on board when water landings always result in
    death. Sully was praised as a hero, but investigations into the crash
    were set to plant blame on the pilot with scenarios that indicate he
    could have made it to the airport and avoid the water landing. This is
    prime material for a movie and it has become reality thanks to Clint
    Eastwood and Tom Hanks. Hanks delivers a good performance and it is a
    fascinating look into the investigations, but it mainly stays on that
    topic and not much else.

    Good: Hanks is really good as Sully as he presents the character with
    integrity and kindness. He is easy to root for when the investigators
    crack down on him and point the finger. Aaron Eckhart as the co- pilot
    also delivers a fine performance. Clint Eastwood offers different
    perspectives of the crash that are done very well in recreating the
    disaster. The movie also flies by with a tight running time and
    sticking to the crash and subsequent investigation.

    Bad: The movie doesn’t offer much else than what a documentary can also
    offer on the same topic. Hanks portrayal is good, but it never truly
    dives into his psyche. We get some glimpses into his past and the
    effect the crash has on him, but not much else. There is no true
    emotional hook to keep you invested which instead offers a straight
    re-telling of the crash and subsequent events afterwards. It felt
    hollow at points in how straightforward it is when there could’ve been
    a stronger story in here. The subplot with the wife doesn’t add much to
    the movie aside from giving Laura Linney something to do in between
    flashbacks of the crash.

    Overall, it is a solid re-telling of the Hudson plane crash, but it
    feels like a documentary on the crash could’ve done the same. There is
    no real insight into what the characters are going through except for
    some moments and the emotional investment was just not there. It is a
    worthy watch for Hanks and Eckhart along with some tense moments in the
    flashbacks, but not much else unfortunately.

  • Brighton DudeApril 18, 2017Reply

    Polished and competent but nothing more

    Clint Eastwood is such a conservative director. This film is extremely
    competent, the storytelling is very secure, but it is totally lacking
    in anything more than that.

    This is definitely not a film that sets you thinking the day after
    about the scenes, realising 24 hours after seeing the film something
    new about it, this film is the absolute reverse of that.

    Although you will not get bored watching this film you will have
    forgotten all about it thirty minutes after it is over and you will not
    ever think about it again.

    The facts of the story are mostly true in this, but one aspect of the
    story is exaggerated in order to create more drama. To me this
    illustrates the lack of imagination of the director. It is clear that
    Eastwood could only conceive of the film with a strong dramatic tension
    at its centre to maintain the viewer’s interest. It is true that this
    works but when you find out that this strong dramatic tension wasn’t
    anything like as great in real life, the only thing the film had is

    Eastwood does show us events out of chronological order and the
    storytelling is always completely solid and that is an achievement.
    Hanks’s Sully is totally convincing. Very good performances are
    everywhere in this film. Unfortunately the film has nothing to offer
    the viewer outside this competency.

    I think Clint Eastwood should not have built this film around that
    exaggerated dramatic tension and instead done a thoughtful film about
    the USA, about society in the US, about heroes and how they could so
    easily be undone about so much else. We could have had a film that sent
    the audience home with food for thought, but what we get instead is a
    competently told film with very little imagination.

  • Davis PApril 22, 2017Reply

    All about Hanks’s performance really

    Sully is a movie based off the true events where captain sullenberger
    landed the plane he was flying from New York to Charlotte on the Hudson
    River. Just after taking off from LaGuardia airport, US Airways Flight
    1549’s engines had a huge flock of birds fly straight into their
    engines and had both taken out upon impact. The pilot and co-pilot had
    to scramble to figure out what the hell they could do to land safely
    and ensure every passengers survival. Tom Hanks and his acting really
    is what makes this movie worth a watch. It’s a relatively short film
    and it feels short because of the crash sequences and the scenes
    showing what actually happened during the whole terrifying ordeal. I
    really liked those scenes that focused on what actually happened
    because that makes it all real and it puts actual human faces to this
    true event. Aaron Eckhart does a good job with his role too, he plays
    the co-pilot that assisted captain sullenberger in pulling off the
    ”miracle on the Hudson”. I bought both all of the performances in the
    film and I thought the scenes showing what happened were done well.
    Other than that the other scenes don’t really carry much weight, that’s
    why it’s not like a 9 or a 10. With all factors considered, I think a 7
    out of 10 is fair for sully.

  • lisafordeayApril 23, 2017Reply

    Excellent movie starring Tom Hanks

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  • feudalserferMay 3, 2017Reply

    Excellent – but the documentary is better than the movie

    Best film I’ve seen this year. More of a dramatised documentary than a
    movie, but more powerful because it represents a true story. Real-life
    heroes don’t wear capes, they aren’t out for revenge or tortured souls
    …. they’re often just quiet, modest, professional people who do their
    jobs really well, and keep their calm when >95% of us would crap
    ourselves. In the words of his wife, Capt Chesley Sullenberger ”hates
    surprises and always plans ahead”. The documentary about Sully is
    arguably more interesting than the rather contrived court-room drama of
    the investigation which dominates the film. In the real world, calm
    heroics come at a price. Sullenberger suffered from post-traumatic
    stress disorder, lost 13 pounds in two days after his miracle landing
    on water, and loathed the attention. If you get the DVD, watch the
    feature documentary – it’s as good as the film (no disrespect to Clint
    Eastwood and Tom Hanks, their movie is excellent). The interesting
    thing is – there’s a world full of Sullys, and 99.99% of them will
    never be recognised – but they just do their best anyway. In Sully’s
    case, he gave New York good news, involving a plane – and that really
    was a miracle.

  • uggs94May 6, 2017Reply

    The bald black guy on the panel

    I watched it the actual event on TV, and this movie added nothing to
    that. Miraculous landing, great skill of the pilot, a feel good story
    all around, especially in NYC after 9/11.

    No, what I couldn’t get away from was the investigating panel. The mean
    bald white guy, the less mean other white guy. Was there a woman on an
    aviation panel? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe just PC. But then there is the
    elderly bald black man at the end of the table. He doesn’t say a word
    but the camera picks him up and he’s there. Pure PC? And if so, why did
    Clint or the studio think a token black was needed for this story?
    Indeed, it was a raceless story. Do we now have the need to stick a
    black into every snapshot of human experience, whether or not it makes
    any sense for one to be there?

  • GeoPierpontMay 7, 2017Reply

    The Sully: Grey Goose in Water

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  • MLDinTNMay 7, 2017Reply

    good true life story…

    but more for the TV. The topic of this movie seemed like it should have
    premiered on lifetime TV rather than in the theaters. It’s a good
    story, just not much happens which is why the movie is less than 90
    minutes. We get to see Captain Sully and his thoughts of what might
    have happened. Then we get a visual of the flight that day and how the
    plane landed in the water. And in conclusion, we get insight into the
    investigation and whether Sully and the co pilot made the right

    FINAL VERDICT: Overall, it was interesting, just not enough for a full
    length movie. But if you want to watch something that is well written
    with a feel good tone, check it out.

  • tymbusMay 8, 2017Reply

    Risky business

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  • brooksrob1May 13, 2017Reply

    Sully, a GENUINE BONA FIDE AIRCRAFT COWBOY and a Great movie!

    It not often that I get a racing heart and emotionally attached to
    actors in a movie…I remember the hoopla of the incident but didn’t
    give it much thought…

    As a USAF vet and a former avionics tech at SFO and OAK for a while, I
    have been around Aircraft for decades. I understand the cool demeanor
    these men exude…You hear often about the crashes but, you rarely hear
    about the near misses the limping planes back to airports or emergency
    landings where there is no crash… If you’ve listen to ATC or
    recordings of cockpit crosstalk you would understand it’s one of the
    more complex human endeavors…We’re using physics and defying it at
    the same time…That’s a razor’s edge! :)…

    If you haven’t seen it yet, youtube jimmy kimmel with sully and tom
    hanks…:)…Sully is hilarious…

    Clint and Hanks are icons and this movie is a long due and fitting
    homage to Sully and to the many great pilots who take millions of
    people safely to and fro…

  • Drew KMay 13, 2017Reply

    It’s a good thing Tom Hanks was on that plane

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  • ImdbidiaMay 13, 2017Reply

    Great story, decent movie

    I was living in Australia when I watched this story, soon after it had
    happened. It was all over the news. I remember, still today, Sully’s
    apparent calmness when talking about the event. This is one of those
    stories that one believes to be fiction and part of a feel-good
    Christmas film, but it was real, it was great, it warmed my heart, and
    it renewed my respect for pilots, who certainly are not just cool dudes
    in pretty uniforms.

    Knowing the end of the story is a tricky thing for a film that is not
    documentary and intends to build tension and interest in the viewer.
    Eastwood achieved that in different ways: 1-by just playing a
    non-linear story that does go back and forward in time; 2-by making us
    see Sully behind doors (his personal background with aviation, his
    emotional self with PSD after the events on the Hudson unfolded, his
    worries about his family future); 3-by creating a set of villains (in
    this case the NTSB investigators), and 4-by creating a situation that
    builds tension (the investigation on whether Sully’s act of heroism was
    on the contrary a lack of judgment.

    To me, the main problem with the film is not what is in the film, but
    with what’s not there. Sully is based on Captain Sullenberg’s own
    memoir and, therefore, we see just one color. I would have loved
    knowing more about the co-pilot and his PDS, of which he also suffered,
    get to know some of the passengers flying on the film, seeing more
    about Sully’s daughters’ reaction to the events, seeing more details
    about the NTSB behind-doors investigation going on, and building a bit
    of more tension around that.

    The acting is good overall, especially on Hanks’ part, who is able to
    convey Sully’s real mix of his usual external calmness and the inner
    turmoil that he experienced after the event. I also liked Eckhart as
    his co-pilot,and Linney as his wife.

    I loved the special effects that reproduce the events on the Hudson as
    the landing on the river looks totally real not just special effects.

    Overall, this is a very enjoyable feel-good movie and story. Yet, the
    events being so well-documented and internationally well known, and so
    close in time, it is difficult to get overly wowed by a story that was,
    indeed, wow.

  • kosmaspMay 15, 2017Reply

    Sully my name

    I remember when I listened to the news of this hero pilot, who made a
    really tough landing on water. That might be putting it lightly of
    course. Then again, there were people who said he took too big a risk
    and could’ve gone to an airport instead. Did he do something wrong?
    Computer simulations seemed to indicate there was another solution, a
    much safer one for everyone involved.

    And that is what this movie is about. It’s a human story, about someone
    who though he did the right thing. But suddenly has doubts. You can’t
    really compare this to the movie Denzel Washington did (which was also
    very powerful, one could argue even more powerful overall). These are
    different characters and different situations overall. If you like
    Drama and suspense combined you could do much worse …

  • 1914May 19, 2017Reply

    Bland boring & Sully’s wife comes across as a money hungry shrew

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  • bruce-129May 21, 2017Reply

    A very human and down to Earth movie ( no pun intended )

    I don’t really like Tom Hanks. But he did a pretty good job with
    Hologram For The King and Sully. As he has aged he has more depth and
    gravitas, but I will still mostly avoid him. This story or Sully
    Sullenberger is a good one, and the human look at Sully and the
    exploration of what heroism is is well done and mature. Wow, that is
    nice to see in a movie again.

    It’s hard to find a mature sensible good movie these days. Most things
    are so childish and infantile, movies and TV most of them anyway are
    pretty bad.

    Sully was good. It was not over the top, and it was about a real
    person, and I think, as far as I know, the story was fairly faithful to
    what happened.

    Of course they have to do an inquiry, and these things are done with
    respect to what the news and people will think. Who knows, maybe it’s
    possible that Sully could have landed in a different more safe way, but
    I would never blame something who was piloting a plane with no engines
    for taking the quickest most direct route to a landing, and I think
    that is what he did. Portraying the isolation of someone who has all
    eyes on him was really done well – that is the humanity of Sully, the
    man and the movie.

    I am not so sure I would be able to watch this again, but it was worth
    watching once, and maybe I will go back and watch it with my girlfriend
    because I think she would like it. What was good is that I think this
    movie makes you feel just like the passengers on that flight would have
    felt. Whenever I am on a plane and the slightest little bump or noise
    happens, I get freaked out, so when you are back on the ground it is
    nice to know you didn’t have to worry.

    To get a high rating from me a movie has to have a pretty good point,
    or message, and be worth watching again, and be of high quality. This
    was pretty close.

    I thought Aaron Eckert did a good job too.

    Sully 7/10

  • Robert J. Maxwell ([email protected])May 30, 2017Reply

    Brace For A Slight Impact.

    What can you say about a mild-mannered elderly pilot who in 128 seconds
    diagnosed the problem with his US Airways passenger jet, reviewed his
    options, and chose the only one available which, despite the dangers,
    was overcome by the mild-mannered elderly pilot’s skill as a flier? Not
    a hell of a lot. You need to build a full-length feature film around a
    few minutes of extreme stress and ultimate catharsis. Captain
    Sullenberger was a hero who ditched his huge airplane in the middle of
    the Hudson River with none of his 153 passengers suffering more than a
    scratch or two. That was January of 2009, which prompts me to observe
    that time is beginning to fly almost as fast as an L1011 these days.
    But how do you fill up the movie? In classical narratives you require a
    protagonist who’s trying to accomplish something and an antagonist
    who’s trying to stop him from getting it done, but there’s nothing like
    that in Sully’s story. Everyone did was he was supposed to do — not
    just the captain but the co-pilot, the flight attendants, the
    passengers, and the first and second responders. Given the
    circumstances — the loss of power over both engines because of a bird
    strike — it could hardly have turned out better.

    In such circumstances you need to provide the audience with enough
    information to infer the non-existent antagonist. In this case, the
    targets were easy: the ”suits.” That would be the National
    Transportation Safety Board and the insurance companies who stand to
    lose a great deal of money. So the modest and unassuming Sully must be
    called before a board of inquiry that looks exactly like the setting of
    an appellate courtroom. The judges sit up there at the long bench, full
    of evidence, pomposity, cynicism, and authority, while looking down at
    Sully and the other prisoners, I mean witnesses, down below. The judges
    aren’t chosen for their beauty either. They frown a lot and use tones
    of voice that are ripe with innuendo.

    Does Sully come through this and all the stresses associated with
    celebrity victorious — in one piece? Are you kidding? It also lacks
    sufficient technical detail so that the audience can’t follow with any
    accuracy just what it is that Sully and his first officer are doing
    during the emergency. The procedures aren’t that complicated. The
    emergencies described in a TV series like ”Mayday” (”Air Crash”) are
    laid out so that even a non-techie can follow them flawlessly. But that
    would require a narrator, and this isn’t a story about technology. It’s
    a story about one man — Captain Chesley Sullenberger and his behavior
    under stress. The other characters, his first officer and even his
    wife, Laura Linney, are strictly ancillary. It’s a character study and
    it’s well played.

    On the surface it doesn’t give star Tom Hanks much to do because Sully
    was quiet and always controlled. But there’s the challenge. Hanks has
    to convey emotions with the slightest changes of his facial
    expressions, a slight squint, a barely perceptible smile, the blankness
    of a focused attention. As for his voice it never changes except for a
    few second while the airplane is gliding earthward, or rather
    waterward, and he has to speak to the Air Traffic Controllers because a
    shortage of time demands it.

    There’s nothing spectacular about the film. The CGIs are modest. Nobody
    shrieks with anger or with terror. Everyone is respectful and polite.
    Hardly anyone sobs. And nobody’s head gets wrenched out of its socket.
    Even the suits, sitting up there in all their grandeur, come around at
    the end and freely, apologetically, admit that Sully did exactly the
    right thing under existing conditions. He really DID too. The Airbus
    A-320 that he was flying was definitely not built with the prospect of
    a ditching in mind. The airplane has two big jet engines, one hanging
    low under each wing. The object in landing on water is to keep the
    airplane as level as possible because if it touches tail down, the nose
    will pitch forward forceful and the stop will be abrupt and
    destructive. And of course if the pilot lands nose down, he’s humped.
    But a smooth, level landing on water us almost impossible with two huge
    objects hanging from the wings. If the airplane isn’t kept almost
    exactly level, one engine with catch the water sooner than the other,
    the airplane will spin around in the direction of the lowest engine and
    possibly disintegrate. Sully was lucky he was over the smooth Hudson
    River and not the open sea.

    Clint Eastwood had chosen to show the emergency landing in several
    disjointed flashbacks but we never lose track of events or of where we
    are. Sully is a very intelligent man, a highly skilled pilot and
    deserves his celebrity, however much he may or may not have wanted it.
    Generally, a nice job, a full-length film built around a few minutes of
    extreme danger that doesn’t lose the viewer’s interest.

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