Flash Movie Trailer: Sully

There were some toys that were just begging me to take them apart. Toys that did amazing things to my young mind back then warranted me either unscrewing screws, twisting off parts or simply breaking pieces apart until I could see what was inside. The downside to this was I would not have the toy to play with anymore. It is funny now as an adult there are some things I do not want to know anything about how they work. Getting into an elevator, all I care about is when I press the floor number the elevator car takes me there with no incident. I do not need to know if the car is rising due to air pressure, counterweights or pulleys; all I care about is I do not get stuck between floors and make the local news. While on vacation I had to take a gondola lift to reach my destination. There was no reason for me to look at the cable wires strung above or the little wheeled contraption that the gondola was hanging from. As I stepped into the car with the other passengers I looked down at the floor until we started moving. Once we rose above the visitor’s center I peered out the large windows that enclosed us to see the slope of the mountain slowly pass us by. All I was interested in was taking pictures until we arrived at the top; I did not want to know about the mechanics that got us there. Just writing about that experience still creeps me out, though I did get some fantastic shots with my camera. For the same reasons I just described there is no way I want to hear about all the mechanics involved in getting the airplane I am on up into the air and to my destination. If you are already nervous about flying then this film will not calm your nerves.   WHEN a flock of birds destroyed both engines of the plane he was flying Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, played by Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies, Captain Phillips), had little time to follow the flight manual; he had to rely on his instincts. Based on the true story this biographical drama was led by Tom who was exceptional in the role. Along with Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) as Jeff Skiles and Laura Linney (Mr. Holmes, The Fifth Estate) as Lorraine Sullenberger; this film was directed by Clint Eastwood (Trouble with the Curve, Gran Torino). I have to say Clint did a great job with taking the story and recreating it on screen. For the most part the script was fine; I am sure it was a big asset having Sully’s conversations to build on. However, there were parts of the story where I had wished the writers would have gone deeper. It seemed as if some scenes were assigned to convey a quick reference before moving forward. On the scheme of things this was not a major fault because it did not take the entertainment value away from the movie watching experience. Let us face it; this was an incredible story about a true hero and the ordeal he had to endure even after the flight. Make sure you stay for the beginning of the credits.


3 ½ stars



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 12, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing it – so I read your review with fascination. Thanks for your perspective; I’ll write again after I see it to let you know my thoughts. 🙂

    • Thank you so much; I cannot wait for you to see this film.

    • This film was definitely “high quality.”
      I had a few criticisms – sometimes it was a little slow and there was a lot of repetition of the crash footage. And some of the emotions weren’t as believable for me – such as his conversations with his wife. Not sure why, since they were competent actors. Chemistry perhaps?
      But I really loved how Sully came up with such a human response and excellent defense when he was going through the grilling after the incident. (I hope that’s not giving away too much.) I really wanted to get up and cheer.
      It was good you gave me the heads up not to leave during the credits either. So touching!
      Thanks again for encouraging me to see a good movie!

      • I am so glad you enjoyed this movie Judy. You are correct about the slow parts and no you did not give too much away. Thank you for that and thank you for telling em you saw the film.

  2. I totally want to see this movie on the big screen. I’ll have to convince my hubby to go with me for this one. That entire event just captivated me while it was airing live when it happened. Thank you for the review. I know we will not be disappointed.

  3. Thank you for your insight. I had not wanted to see this film. I like Tom Hanks in most things, but could not see him as Sully, voice wasn’t right etc. (I’m not afraid of flying, but I’ve worked and been married to a pilot and like most people that have, we typically find countless errors when portrayed) All my film industry friends have sung it’s praises however and there’s no one tougher to please than industry insiders. You gave it the highest marks yet. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. Thanks for the review. I think I gotta see this one. Clint brings a perspective to ponder. Sully is a hero.

  5. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this film at first. I kind of hate films that are based around big news stories, seeing that when it happened they spent a week at least rehashing it on TV.
    Knowing that this is also chiefly about after the landing makes me curious though…


    • Hi it is a pleasure meeting you. I am glad you made your comments and thank you for them because that was the hook for me, to see the after effects was unbelievable. If you get to see this film I would enjoy hearing your opinion of it. Thanks again.

  6. Hanks is an incredible actor. I can’t imagine a better part for him.

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