By Hannah Forsythe // Contributing Writer| Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
After a long summer of dreaded sequels and long-awaited reboots, we find ourselves with “Sully,” a biopic worthy of an Oscar. An Oscar for a leading role, but an Oscar nonetheless.
Tom Hanks as Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberg delivers serious acting at his best with a stunning cast surrounding him. Clint Eastwood provides spectacular directing along with writer Todd Komarnicki, who provides a remarkable take of “The Miracle on the Hudson.”
If you are not aware of the backstory to the movie, on Jan. 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg landed a disabled plane onto the Hudson river.
There were 155 passengers, all of which survived the plane crash that fateful day.
While Sully was hailed a hero for saving all the lives of these people by the media, an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board was unfolding at his feet.
This is where the movie starts off.
It gives a straight-to-the-point perspective of the horrors the pilot and passengers went through on that fateful day, which is very refreshing compared to all the complicated plots and overly-thought-out films from this summer.
The film continues into the aftermath of the crash, the media fiasco and the investigation into the crash itself to see if it could have been avoided.
The only antagonist the movie seems to present is the National Transportation Safety Board, where they try to do everything in their power to find a misstep of Sully’s doing. Although unsuccessful through all of it, by the end of the film, you do not have an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards this department.
Eastwood wanted to give every aspect of this remarkable story, and he definitely brought his A-game.
The highlight of the film was the plane ride. It took you on a journey, one where the heightened suspense of waiting for it to crash made it feel as if you were a part of the moment itself.
The reverberation of the passengers swimming out into the Hudson River frantically along with pilot Sully was spectacular.
In the midst of all the commotion, Sully makes a phone call to his wife to tell her he is okay, although she is unaware of what has happened just yet.
The film does seem to lack on genuine areas such as this one. However, the scene where the plane crashed alone made the film a masterpiece.
Sully’s PTSD is also brought to light in the film, which is a crucial social issue the directors brought about awareness for. He is constantly weary thinking of what could have happened instead focusing on the heroic feat he did accomplish. Flashbacks are brought up throughout the film relentlessly; it provides more insight into the mind of Sully at times.
The film provided a harrowing experience for viewers, providing an in-depth look into what the passengers, pilot and rescue crews went through during that unfortunate day.
‘Sully’ is a worthwhile film and delightful biopic all-in-all, mostly thanks to Tom Hanks’ one-man show. And while the ending of the film was oh-so predictable, it was still engaging throughout the entire film as if it was an entirely new story.