review by Bobby Blakey
It is always interesting to see what kind of film comes together when you team up one of the best directors and actors around together. The new film Sully features Tom Hanks in the lead along with a great supporting cast including Aaron Eckart, Mike O’Malley, and Laura Linney with Clint Eastwood at the helm, but can this excellent team bring this miraculous story to life or will it fail to hit the runway?
Sully follows Captain, Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully" who glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard on January 15th, 2009. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. When you go into a film like this telling a story that isn’t all that old and was such a big news story everyone knows what happen and the outcome, so you have to carefully craft it to still making it engaging and Eastwood has done just that. Surprisingly it has a pretty short run time at only about an hour and a half, but that is perfect as it allows the film to just get right to the point and never spend a bunch of time with nonsense. The story is fragmented in different ways on purpose to keep it more interesting as everything unfolds and in turn keeps you engaged until the very end.
When you see Hanks and Eastwood on a film you already know that there is a high chance of some sort of Oscar worthy outcome, but while this film is really great it doesn’t really seem to have that same sort of appeal. Instead it looks to honor the situation and people involved as well as showcase the insanity that surrounded it all without trying to make it some typical Hollywood crap. They did some great work with the effects and structure of recreating the plane crash. They could have cheesed it up, but eh breaking up of the storytelling and careful attention to detail makes you buy into it the whole time and getting to experience in different ways. All the cast do a great job, with Hanks really bringing some subtle emotion to the role that helps the viewer to understand how he handled the situation of both the water landing and the instant fame afterwards.
In the end this film is great and does an awesome job at telling this story, but there isn’t anything new here that anyone that followed the story doesn’t already know. If you were hoping for some new insight then you will be sorely disappointed, but if you allow it to just tell this remarkable story then you will no doubt leave satisfied and might even find yourself laughing and cheering at some great moments.
In addition to this great film this release includes numerous special features including featurettes that take you further behind brining this miraculous story to the big screen. Grab your copy of Sully available now on Digital HD and then on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on December 20th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.