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Sully Review: The heroic story overcoming skepticism

by on September 28, 2016
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For the emergence of any situation, we need a certain set of conditions. And, these conditions need precision. Sully shows a similar experience, where the passengers survive the US Airways Flight 1549 . The movie, a true story, shows the loss of both the plane’s engines due to a strike by a flock of birds. Furthermore, the situation was about to go out of hand, but a miracle happened for sure. The quick thinking of Captain Sully Sullenburger (as played by Tom Hanks) saved every single passenger that day. But, the despite his notable act of heroism, he faced skepticism. Sully Review talks about how the movie follows a set of events. It starts from the Hudson River crash scene and ends at proving it.

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Sully Review: The Plot:

The movie reinvents how the US Flight 1549 performed an emergency landing on the Hudson River. Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III (known as Sully), with First Officer Jefferey Skiles (played by Aaron Eckhart), were operating the plane at that time. And, Sully took this sudden decision to save the lives of his fellow passengers. I would like you to know the main point through this Sully review. The movie has its primary focus on the consequent investigation. And, not on the gruesome crash.

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The movie lets you see the untold story about the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). It shows how it questions Sully’s action as it thought of having a safer alternative. The film offers an ironical plot filled with skepticism. Officials questioned on Sully’s way of handling the situation in the movie. They perceive that he could handle the situation without damaging the plane. This question arises whether he could save those 155 lives without such a silly act.

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The plot further moves on with testing of flight simulations as validated by the NTSB. It was to contradict to Sully’s point. A lot of questions arise during the movie which are all answered. Among the various questions, the most vital of them is the comparison between the flight simulation and the human frailties. Moreover, Sully’s achievements as an American hero also come into questioning. The investigation is ready to counter mine his accomplishments over the past 40 years. And, it was nowhere ready to back out on this one. Sully also faced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to this mess. He quoted – “I’ve flown millions during the 40 years of my career. But I’m going to be judged on 208 seconds.” Is Sully “a hero or a fraud?” This very question gives him nightmares every night.

Focus on other elements in the film was limited:

But, the movie also shows other memorable moments scattered throughout the movie. It was funny how Sully’s wife is not aware of his act being of national significance. It was also ironical how Captain Sully could not interact with the media. But, he maintained his fortitude while dealing with the emergency situation. Tom Hank’s portrayal is as realistic as it can be without obliterating his charm. Thus, the movie feels as if we come back to the past to view the events firsthand.

Director Clint Eastwood knows how to make a great movie for sure. He chose Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney to play the main characters. And, he had full faith in their performance skills.

The Verdict:

Sully could take the spot in my list of the most electrifying movies. Moreover, You get the disaster-filled events as scene in Michael Bay movies as well as a skeptical scenario. Besides, I love how the movie shows the accident through various eyes. You get to witness the perspectives of other characters in the movie as well.

Sully’s PTSD problems were not presented in much depth which I would have loved to see. While the role of his wife was little in the movie, it would look great to see their relationship in a more comprehensive way. The talented acting of Laura Linney was of little use in the movie there. Showing how the passengers felt during the event is also phenomenal. Clint Eastwood shows the audience how each of the 155 passengers is worth saving as they have a life and a family to live for. Seeing it on the news and considering it merely a number does not seem emotional. But, once you know about the names and relationships each of these passengers own, you get to feel their trauma.

Sully showed me that in life-threatening situations, the use of human instinct is all that matters. And, it is not based on a simulation. These are there to give us an idea of a situation, but it can never define the actuality during a situation. Overall, Sully nails explaining that for sure. Hope you enjoyed reading my Sully Review.

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