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My Favorite Scene: Sully (2016) “The Human Factor”

Sully was one of last year’s best films (and in a weaker year would have received a lot more awards attention).  Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed to bring one of the most astounding true life stories in recent memory to life by doing a very un-Hollywood thing: they didn’t glamorize it.  If you watch the documentaries and compare it to the film, there’s only embellishment to make it believable.  Sully was actually CALMER than Hanks, who only amped it up a slight notch.  The crash scene is meticulously recreated.  Eastwood knew he didn’t have to give the story any more glitz, because “The Miracle on the Hudson” was already a miracle.  It didn’t need a pounding score or extra complications.

Sully, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

My favorite scene is where you really understand how extraordinary Sully’s quick decision-making and piloting skills are: during the NTSB hearing when he challenged results showing he could have done anything other than what he did.  We all know the range of Hanks.  He can literally do anything onscreen, but it takes a seasoned actor to mimic the restraint of the real hero and let that power carry the scene.  As a bonus, if you missed Hanks reprising his role on Sully on Saturday Night Live , I’m including that as well because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it shows the massive Hanksian range I just mentioned when compared to the film.

 

 

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Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

Sully, Tom Hanks

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 Sullenberger. Continue reading Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

Trailer Time: Sully IMAX Trailer *Brace for Impact!*

On January 15, 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 his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. Sully opens September 9, 2016.

Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Sully

Trailer Time: Sully Trailer #1 *Hanks is ALWAYS the Captain!*

On January 15, 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 his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. 

Look, if you want someone to play a heroic captain, you need to ask Tom Hanks if he wants to do it first before shopping it around, because it’s kind of his thing.  Apollo 13 and Captain Phillips both saw Hanks receive Oscar nominations for playing captains in extraordinary situations.  He and Clint Eastwood now tackle one of the most amazing miracles in aviation history: The Miracle on the Hudson (which probably a better title for the film than “Sully”).  Two things give me pause.  One, why is the first trailer or press of any kind for what seems like an Oscar contender only being released two months before release.  Two, why is that release in the traditional dead-zone of September (though if you look at the line-up for this September, it’s the strongest I can remember for that traditional dumping ground).  This was a genuine miracle, and honest-to-goodness real life Hollywood story that played out before our eyes on TV (much like Captain Phillips).  Let’s hope Eastwood brought his American Sniper game to the director’s chair rather than his Jersey Boys fiasco.  Sully opens September 9, 2016.

Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Sully