On Thursday, January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when pilot Chesley"Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all one hundred fifty-five 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.Written by
Some time after the events in this film, Sully testified before Congress, stating that his pay had been cut by 40% (as with other airline pilots), that his pension had been canceled due to airline business decline, and that a pension insurance system paid him pennies on the dollar for this lost pension. He stated that the salaries and benefits had become so low that no veteran pilot would take the job and that young, inexperienced pilots were filling those jobs. Considering that his years of expertise were the reason why there were no fatalities with flight 1549 and that the lack of experience of young pilots would cost lives. See more »
No slide is visible when the forward boarding door is opened, forcing a passenger to jump into the river. While this is a factual moment that actually happened (the forward slide did not inflate immediately and a passenger was directed by a flight attendant to jump into the river), that slide would still have been visible, albeit not inflated. Evacuation slides are stored in "slide packs" that are attached to the inside of the aircraft door. When the door is armed, part of the slide that is attached to what is called a "girt bar" is hooked into the floor of the aircraft. As a result, if the door is opened when armed, the slide falls from the slide pack in the door while still connected to the girt bar and the aircraft, and would normally automatically inflate. In this case, the slide fell out, but malfunctioned and did not inflate. In real life, it was inflated manually by the flight attendant. In this scene, no slide is visible at all until it appears between shots and starts inflating. See more »
As the credits roll, there is a reuniting scene with the passengers and crew. Another scene follows shortly with Sully's wife talking briefly about what has been going on at their home since the miraculous landing on the Hudson River. See more »
The film's IMAX release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters and on home video. See more »
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
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