'Sully' movie reviews

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'Sully' movie reviews


Here's what the critics are saying about 'Sully', starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan and Jerry Ferrara:


This is thrilling and surprisingly emotional material, especially because Eastwood never oversells the melodrama and lets the events speak for themselves. The film offers bits and pieces of the successful water landing at the beginning and a critical juncture in the climax. But it's this middle centerpiece sequence that qualifies as worth the price of admission. The rest of the surrounding film concerns the immediate investigation into the incident, specifically whether or not Sullenberger could have successfully turned the plane around instead of attempting a perilous water landing. While the details of the investigation are interesting, the National Transportation Safety Board officials (personified by Mike O'Malley, Jamey Sheridan, and Anna Gunn) are presented as a bit too mustache-twirly. Read the complete movie review here.


Following the landing, Sully, played by Tom Hanks, and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) faced a lengthy National Transportation Safety Board investigation, which tried to determine whether Sully and Skiles had made an error and thus, put both their long-standing reputations at risk. The film spotlights the post-traumatic stress disorder that Sully faces as the world around him hails him as a hero. He struggles through vivid nightmares reliving different versions of the event where the plane crashes into New York buildings, an image that brings to mind the tragedy of 9/11. Read the complete movie review here.


How do you make a film out of mere moments, handled with preternatural calm? Eastwood lingers in its aftermath, as Sully remains holed in a Manhattan he has little love for. The narrative is fractured, flashing backward and forward, into the pilot's past and occasionally into his nightmares. Hanks, white haired and subdued, finds Sullenberger's essence not in the miraculous but in the mundane: A man just doing his job, not so unlike his "Captain Phillips." And though the film bears his name, "Sully" is really a two-hander. With Sullenberger throughout is his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (a top-notch Aaron Eckhart), his partner in flight and on the ground. They huddle together in midnight runs and in testimony, leaning on each other through the surreal media storm. Read the complete movie review here.

India Today

Sully is the story of Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) and First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), as they were forced to land on the Hudson river after multiple bird strikes caused the US Airways 1549 to lose both its engines shortly after take-off from the La Guardia airport on January 15, 2009. Had the captain actually put all the 155 passengers and crew at risk by attempting this miraculous forced landing? Could he have made it back to either of the two airports in the vicinity despite losing both engines? That's what the movie attempts to find out. Read the complete movie review here.



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