Sully tells 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.
This film is all about the human spirit. And that’s what makes Sully one of the better films of this year amongst the CGI and comic-book junk that have hardly made an impact apart from the disappointing ratings and either box office smash or bombs. Then again, like the protagonist hero of the film Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger portrayed by Tom Hanks, someone who’s no stranger to playing the unrecognised heroes (see Captain Philips, which was honestly one of the best thriller’s I have seen in recent years), said “everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.”
The one major thing I really liked about this film was that it wasn’t overdone or grandiose, and I’m specifically talking about the crash and rescue scene. It was believably efficient without the unnecessary swelling music meant to draw out the right emotions from us as the audience. Even during the simulation scenes at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing, it was almost necessary to create that stark contrast and push that emotion slightly but when Hanks’ character was experiencing it for himself, everything that we needed was right there visually on screen.
Although a very moving and interesting story, something that I only heard pieces about but nothing in it’s entirety when it occurred in 2009 (probably because I lived on the other side of the planet at the time and was completing my final year of high school, but this is still hardly an excuse), it just felt like it really had no tension, no middle and hardly much of an end. It just felt like a series of broken up flashbacks strung together by the investigation Sully and his First Officer were experiencing in the film’s “present tense.”
It was a well crafted film, like a lot of Eastwood’s films, but I often found it lack too often for my liking and unsure of the apparent Oscar whispers surrounding Hanks’ performance. It’s still too early for the Oscar contending films to start pining for the recognition of the Academy but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be in the initial pool.