I'm almost age 70, I watched this movie with intense interest. I won't ruin it for you by citing examples and opinions of the various scenes - awesome as they are.
Anyone who has ever worn a seat belt in the back of the high-speed aluminum tube, entrusting their entire lives to the professionalism of other people will watch this movie differently than someone who has not flown. But, everyone will find it realistic and without the Hollywood BS often seen in airline movies like the movie "Flight" and "Snakes on A Plane". Jeeze.
So Fly safe and when you get to see this movie, enjoy the accurate account of Captain "Sully" and his crew. And, further down the road, when you hear some fool saying that "modern jets virtually fly themselves", I bet that you will have something to say about that.
Just for fun, I attached a cockpit photo. Boeing 767. Ironically, this flight is the exact same one taken by the "underwear bomber" (on a different day) Flight 68/69 as I recall. The First Officer on this trip here is my son. I flew over to Paris, and he flew it back after our 30-hour layover He flew for years and years and for Executive Jets as a captain before being hired by American. We had over 200 people onboard and this photo was taken about half way across the Atlantic on our return trip Paris to Miami. You, the people whose lives matter more than our own, are always in our thoughts. Every bump, every jolt, every turn. We feel what you feel and we just want to get you home safely. Now retired, I have done that for almost 40 years. So, when I see a movie like this one about Captain "Sully", I think through some of those "special" times when things didn't go as planned.
Really an amazing story. Having worked as a flight attendant for over a decade I have great appreciation for the responsibility the captain feels toward his crew, and passengers,(you will see this in Sully, and every other pilot flying commercial aircraft); and the crew toward the passengers.Flight crews train every year for water landings, and we used to believe the possibility of survival was near zero. The movie very subtly comments on that with glances, and inflections. Now Sully's landing on the Hudson shows that any airline disaster is potentially survivable, and all that training is for very good reason.
I enjoyed watching this - it did not come off as a documentary. The acting skill of Tom Hanks, and Aaron Eckhart made it extremely compelling to watch. While the NTSB seems like the bad guy here - they have a job to do as well. While we all gripe about poor service on various airlines it is important to remember that the folks getting us from point A to point B are not only there to make us comfortable (which is important), but primarily to make our trip safe. This movie will remind us all of that. Also the incredible ability for people of the nation, (New York in this case) to all pull together when it really counts. Thanks to Clint Eastwood for understanding this was a story that needed to be told in a "big Hollywood" sort of way.
This crash film depicting the real story of a US Airways flight in 2009 goes way beyond the attempt to thrill and surprise viewers with crash sequences. It goes deep, deep into the heart and soul of survivors, especially the pilot, Sully, who did the untrained, and near-impossible Hudson River landing with no engine power. Glide, “Brace. Brace. Brace”, skim water, sink, and during that time the pilot and crew manage to save all 155 aboard. A true miracle we all watched on television’s news broadcasts.
A good part of this story is the aftermath, and the investigation into what happened. This is where the supreme ability of Tom Hanks really comes into play for this film. He is a master at displaying emotion facially, with body language, and dialogue when needed. He’s proven himself in so many serious roles, and he is at the top of his form in “Sully.” Little else needs being said for this film, well, except Clint Eastwood who is director, producer, and even had a hand in the film’s theme song, ‘Flying Home’. Plenty more praise could be passed around with acting. You’ll still be jarred out of your seat with crash scenes. The larger the screen the better. But the emotion of the story IS the story of Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger, forever affectionately known now by everyone as “Sully.”
Although not considered his finest hour, Hanks does another fantastic job, in my opinion, with the historical character in"Bridge of Spies", and let us not forget "A Hologram for the King." A Hologram For The King [DVD + Digital]
Absolutely fantastic! I really had no desire to watch Sully when I saw the previews. I tend to stay away from movies depicting real events. But I am SO glad on a quiet Christmas night I decided to rent it on Amazon. Tom Hanks, as usual, delivers a nuanced, convincing performance of a man grappling with his ability and mortality; did he do the right thing?? He should have been dead but instead is blinded, literally, by the glare of cameras. No time to process, or for it to all sink in. And to undergo an interrogation on top of it?!?! Wow! And being inside the cockpit with the pilots... I almost never want to fly again! No sensationalism in the crash scene as Hollywood is wont to do. The almost quiet delivery of the scenes made it that much more terrifying! So so happy I watched this movie. It made me walk away with a different sense of how I judge the operators behind disasters: pilots, train engineers, bus drivers, etc. You really never know what to do until you're in the situation. Manuals and guides are great if you have all the time in the world and nothing at stake, but when the seconds are ticking down and it's life or death.. whole new ballgame. And Sully won the World Series!