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Rocker and Hals Reviews: Sully

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

By John Rocker and Aaron Hall, Free Press staff


Clint Eastwood’s Sully follows the true story of air pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) during this miraculous landing on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, and simultaneously depicts the hearings that took place afterwards.

What Did We Like?

John: I enjoyed whenever the film showed the events surrounding the landing. The film would show reactions from multiple angles besides those that were actually on the plane. The film would show people who were communicating with Sully, but also show the first responders heading out to the crash site. Sully certainly deserves credit, but it was also a collaborative effort. The scenes on the plane were also enjoyable to watch. Even though you knew what was going to happen, the lead up to the landing was still tense, especially when you see the passengers freaking out to the shouts of “Brace! Brace! Brace!”

Aaron: An aspect of the the movie that I enjoyed was the central performances. Tom Hanks gives a nuanced performance in the titular role. In the film, Sully is portrayed as someone overwhelmed by the attention from the media as well as members of the public in wake of the landing; Hanks does a fantastic job conveying this feeling of being overwhelmed using just his facial expressions. He also does a great job of portraying Sully as someone who is cool under pressure, an aspect that helps him make the difficult decision of landing the plane on the Hudson. Also excellent is Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot Jeff Skiles. As Jeff, Eckhart showcases some great comedic timing and portrays Jeff as a person that always has Sully’s back, which makes his character likeable. Both Hanks and Eckhart have great chemistry, showing their characters comradery after having gone through an intense shared experience.

What Did We Dislike?

John: The structure of the film is what bothered me the most. Don’t get me wrong, the content that’s in the film is good, and I even got involved with it at a certain point. The problem is that the film jumps between the hearings and the crash, and sometimes, it repeats itself, especially with a scene inside the cockpit. There’s also some other flashback scenes that get thrown in there and I feel like they would have been used better at an earlier point in the film. I think if the film was arranged in such a way that it starts at the hearings and then goes to the crash as the hearing is happening, it would have worked better.

Aaron: I have a similar viewpoint as John’s. A minor critique I have is the repetition of scenes, specifically the landing on the Hudson. There is a large sequence of the film showing us, the audience members, what happenedbut then a later portion of the film shows some of the same scenes again. t felt a little unnecessary having seen it before.  

Who Would Enjoy This Movie?

John: I think those looking for a good historical biopic will get the most enjoyment out of this film. It will leave you with a feel-good impression, so if you like that, you’ll enjoy this film as well.

Aaron: Similar to John, I feel like this is for fans of biopics, Tom Hanks, or  Clint Eastwood’s filmography. I also think that if you are curious to learn more about the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the people involved, you will enjoy this flick.


John: Wait For DVD

Aaron: A Must See

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