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This crash film depicting the real story of a US Airways flight in 2009 goes way beyond the attempt to thrill and surprise viewers with crash sequences. It goes deep, deep into the heart and soul of survivors, especially the pilot, Sully, who did the untrained, and near-impossible Hudson River landing with no engine power. Glide, “Brace. Brace. Brace”, skim water, sink, and during that time the pilot and crew manage to save all 155 aboard. A real miracle we all watched on television’s news broadcasts.
A good part of this story is the aftermath and the investigation into what happened. This is where the excellent ability of Tom Hanks comes into play for this film. He is a master at displaying emotion facially, with body language, and dialogue when needed. He proved himself in so many serious roles, and he is at the top of his form in “Sully.” Little else needs to be said for this film, well, except Clint Eastwood who is the director, producer, and even had a hand in the film’s theme song, ‘Flying Home.’
Plenty more praise could be passed around with acting. You’ll still be jarred out of your seat with crash scenes. The larger the screen is the better. But the emotion of the story IS the story of Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger, forever affectionately known now by everyone as “Sully.”
Although not considered his finest hour, Hanks does another fantastic job, in my opinion, with the historical character in”Bridge of Spies,” and let us not forget “A Hologram for the King.”