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As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.



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Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River.

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Tom Hanks
as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart
as Jeff Skiles
Valerie Mahaffey
as Diane Higgins
Delphi Harrington
as Lucille Palmer
Mike O'Malley
as Charles Porter
Jamey Sheridan
as Ben Edwards
Anna Gunn
as Elizabeth Davis
Holt McCallany
as Mike Cleary
Laura Linney
as Lorraine Sullenberger
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  • May 18, 2017
    Time and again, Clint Eastwood has wowed us on and off the screen with few duds. Since his departure from being in front of the camera a handful of years ago, Eastwood has given us great personal stories of every-day heroes. Sully, starring the illustrious Tom Hanks, focuses the story yet again on another greater-than-life human being, Chesley Sullenberger, the man who safely landed his airbus with all 155 alive and accounted for in the Hudson. With his dyed hair and nearly identical frame, Hanks puts in a practiced performance of the captain. I've only seen Sully (the person) on talk shows, and I vaguely remember the raucous surrounding the event back in 2009, but Hanks puts forth a performance that's almost as quiet and humble as the man he is portraying, which works. There's no need for an Oscar performance here, but if you're looking for the definition of actor in the dictionary, Hanks is as solid here as they come. Big props to Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot giving us the necessary humor to offer some levity to the situation at just the right times. Sully excels with its well-executed flashbacks jumping back and forth from the present court room to the actual event. They seamlessly flow in the film and don't weigh anything down. The scenes in the plane are expertly done and the CGI, though perhaps a tad jumpy in the frame rate, works as needed. With films needing a villain, the closest we get to that is Mike O'malley's character, Charles Porter and the NTSB board, which I later read were made-up characters for the film but based on their real-life counterparts. Because this film made those people out to be more vindictive than they might have been, the names were changed to prevent anyone in the audience from actually feeling any hate toward a real person. While it deflates the balloon a little, Hollywood has become so fixed on making sure there is a negative to every positive, a hero always needs a villain. Lastly, the most unnecessary part of the film has to be Sully's family problems. Someone said it best that it felt like they started to pull on a thread of what appeared to be problems at home and then just dropped it. At only 90 minutes, we could have eliminated the 5 or so minutes it probably took up of airtime to keep our focus on the event itself. Eastwood works multiple angles from the incident on the Hudson and thankfully brings a real-life event to the silver screen. It has been done time and time again, but with Eastwood's deft touch and ability to get the audience to react emotionally, Sully is a must-watch to remember simple acts of heroism are around us in all forms of professions and people.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2017
    From Clint Eastwood comes Sully, the extraordinary true story of an airliner that made an emergence water landing on the Hudson River. They story follows Captain Chesley Sullenberger in the wake of his miraculous landing as he wrestles with whether or not he made the right decisions and faces a board of inquiry. Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney lead the cast and deliver solid performances. And, Eastwood does a good job at making the dramatic scenes intense and exciting (particularly the crash/landing). But the script is rather thin and stretches to meet a 90 min. runtime; going so far as to replay the landing several times. Yet despite its script problems, Sully is a compelling story of heroism.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2017
    The story is structured quite oddly. With multiple depictions of the crash landing, one feels Eastwood was really stretching to turn a 30 minute melodrama into an unimpressive hour and a half film. Hanks and Eckhart are good in their roles, but the material is presented with all the clarity of a bird strike.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2017
    Although slow-paced, Eastwood delivers realistic and emotional developments within the film that captivates the audience
    Andrew H Super Reviewer

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