Sully Movie Review & Film Summary

3 out of 4 stars

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Director Clint Eastwood’s latest film, “Sully,” boasts the tagline, “The untold story behind the Miracle on the Hudson.”

The “Miracle on the Hudson” refers to the famous incident that occurred on Jan. 15, 2009.

US Airways Flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport and was scheduled to arrive at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but never made it. Instead, pilots Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after they suffered dual engine loss.

One hundred fifty-five people (passengers and crew) boarded that plane and every one of them survived.

Although the movie explores the emergency landing on two different occasions, it mostly focuses on the aftermath— specifically the investigation held by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

This investigation began because the NTSB believed that instead of landing in the Hudson, the aircraft could have returned to LaGuardia Airport. It also spotlights how Sully and Skiles deal with the emotional stress from the incident and the investigation.

“Sully” is by no means a bad film. In fact, it’s quite good, but it feels like it could have been so much better.

Had this movie been marketed as the retelling of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” it would’ve worked far better. Instead, Eastwood presents this movie as if he’s revealing unknown information (see the tagline above) when he’s really not.

The film doesn’t tell audiences anything extraordinary or meaningful that isn’t already known. Even if you aren’t familiar with the 2009 incident, it’d be far more engaging to see the actual event occur, rather than the aftermath.

At first, Sully has nightmares, but halfway through the film they stop. The first part of the movie focuses on the NTSB investigation, then becomes background noise in the middle, only to be brought back into the spotlight at the end.

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