The story of American pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who heroically landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River. But the storm was yet to come, a storm which could ruin the life of a hero.
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Eastwood is the Carl Fredricksen of directing: railing against the pussies and snowflakes of a bureaucratic system designed to keep hard workin' men from just doin' their jobs - to the point of simply *inventing* some antagonism for the sake of a good drama. The reconstruction of the event itself is magnificent, while Aaron Eckhart is the very definition of a supportive actor.
A stately, straightforward, fastidious homage with a captivating and subtle turn from Hanks -- the somewhat predictable denouement is a tad overlong, and the crash sequence is revisited too often, but otherwise, this is solid late-game Eastwood.
It's always tricky keeping the audience's attention in these films based on real events when we already know how the story ends, but I appreciated Eastwood's attempt to dig at Sully's inner thoughts. I was less enthusiastic about the editing and piecemeal reconstruction of the landing. The most thrilling part of the actual landing is the suspense that unfolds in the air traffic control room.
Eastwood's films continue to ruminate on the American ideal of heroism and its trappings and effects with this exceptionally well told tale. It shows the power of the director and star Tom Hanks that a tale we all know from fairly recent history as such power to enthrall and entertain In terms of production the artisans involved excel but this film depended on performance and Hanks gives an exceptional turn here.
In the age of superheroes, the tribute to the everyday man finding himself in extraordinary circumstances is on the rise, showcasing a need to have heroes that feel, indeed, real. Sully is another movie framing that necessity, and Eastwood's classic approach to storytelling seems to be a perfect match for the formalism of a man bounded by high morals.
One of the very best films of 2016. One of Tom Hanks' best performances and Clint Eastwood delivers another home run. A moving tribute to everyday Americans who help out but never get their due as well as a story of a man (Clint himself) ruminating on the myth he created out of his work/life. Some of the finest filmmaking of the year IMO
A successful distillation in that unpretentious, Eastwood manner, of the quandaries of the ethical animal. One is what one does. What the film posits as the height of the admirable is the synchronicity of many people doing their jobs well. But as commentators as disparate as Kierkegaard and Derrida have noted, part of being an ethical person is suffering torment about oneself. Good to see Hanks do some torment.
Eastwood continues his run of examining the nature of American heroism: not just the morally (and aesthetically) grey areas, but the psychological fallout and the gap between public perception and private experience. There's not much suspense here—the plane crash isn't thrilling, and we're shown it twice—but it's got Clint's somber sense of dignity and contemplation, which Hanks carries quite nicely.