Sunday Review: Sully



Title: Sully

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Mike O’Malley, Jamie Sheridan, Anna Gunn, and Laura Linney

Release Year: 2016

Director: Clint Eastwood


For our first ever Sunday Review (which due to Christmas is being released a day early, on Saturday), here at Mayhem Cleveland, we are talking about Sully. Sully is based off the true story of Hero Pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger. A pilot for US Airlways flight 1549, that miraculously landed on the Hudson River in New York. With his quick thinking, and sheer determination, Sullenberger landed a plane on the water, saving all 155 people on board. The movie tells the untold story that was hidden by the media.

Capt. Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger (Right) portrayed by Tom Hanks (Left)


Tom Hanks plays the famed Chelsey Sullenberger, also known as “Sully”. Along with co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), Sully was faced with an impossible decision when his airplane encountered a double engine failure caused by a bird strike, less than three minutes from take off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. A bird strike is when an airplane inadvertently sucks birds into their jet engine(s). Using his 40+ years of experience, Sully knew he wouldn’t make it back to LaGuardia, nor other nearby airports. He calmly straightens the plane out, and lands the plane, mostly intact, on the water of the Hudson River. All 155 people on board, including Sully and Skiles, make it off with only minor injuries.

1st Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Left) portrayed by Aaron Eckhart (Right)


That is the story most people know from the media. “Sully”, the movie, dives into the chaos and drama that unfolds behind the scenes. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials, played by Mike O’Malley, Jamie Sheridan, and Anna Gunn interrogate Sully on protocols, procedures, and safety requirements. The rest is all spoilers.

Opinion: My wife and I enjoy watching a show called Air Crash Investigation, a show that dives into Aircraft accidents, and how/why they happen. So I was already privy to the story behind US 1549. “Sully” is one of the few movies that I have watched that stay true to events that actually happened. Although it may make you mad at times, the story line, as well as the casting, is outstanding.

However, with it being a movie that is more set towards being informative, rather than carrying a hidden story, I would call it a “One and Done”. I watched it, I enjoyed it, but I don’t know if I would own it. Knowing the whole story does make you appreciate Sully, and all of the rescue personnel, but it doesn’t make for a multiple watch scenario. With that being said, although I wouldn’t own it, I would rate it as a “Must See” film. I recommend the movie to anyone who is interested in “History/Tragedy” style movies. It also makes for a good “feel good” movie.



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