Assume the brace position
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 4 September 2016, 10:20am
Running time: 96m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes and coarse language)
Release date: 08/09/16
Rating: 10/10 (ME 5/5, DP 5/5)
Based on the events of 2009, pilot Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckart) successfully manage to land a domestic plane full of passengers on the Hudson River in New York. Thrust into the public spotlight, Sully struggles with his new-found celebrity, the isolation from his family and the investigation that puts doubt on whether he made the right decision.
Sully is an well-crafted and entertaining film from veteran director Clint Eastwood. We all remember those extraordinary news images, but Sully takes us behind the headlines and into a story about a pilot’s doubts about his decision. The most refreshing aspect of this film is the shift away from heroics and an emphasis on the humility and humanness of the title character. The performances are very good (Laura Linney at Sully’s wife Lorraine is an intriguing characters who seems quite detached from the enormity of the situation through much of the film) and there is a level of restraint and calm from characters that are fully fleshed-out. The non-linear story and production design, like just about everything in this film, is flawless. There are no simplistic heroes or villains here; just a brilliant story well told about the best qualities of humanity. The ordinariness of the characters in an extraordinary situations provides heart and soul and may even generate a tear or two.
The timing of the release is intriguing. This film has ‘Oscar-bait’ written all over it, but seems a bit early in the year for an Oscar release. It deserves to do very well… and Aaron Eckart deserves best supporting performance by a moustache (it’s truly spectacular) should such an award be introduced in 2017. Highly recommended.
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