When you say Tom Hanks, your mind instantly forms the image of a man who you can always depend on, someone reliable, and someone who just won’t ever let you down.
Tom Hanks is Perfection!
And so it was that I went excitedly to watch “Sully” last weekend.
About the Movie
The movie is based on the true story of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ that happened on January 15, 2009. A few minutes after take-off from LaGuardia Airport, US Airways Flight 1549 had a dual engine failure due to multiple bird strikes. Capt. Sullenberger has crucial seconds to decide whether to head back to LaGuardia or the Teterboro Airport. He does neither, instead performing a water landing on (not in as remarked by First Officer Jeff Skiles) the Hudson. Miraculously, all 155 passengers and crew survive. While ‘Sully’ instantly becomes a hero for the masses, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launch an investigation into the incident – questioning everything from Sully’s decision to land on the Hudson instead of the nearby airports to his personal life. The movie follows the aftermath of this event – Sully’s post-traumatic stress incidences, his quiet reassurances to his wife over calls, flashbacks of his past that helped him land the plane safely, and being up against computer simulations that show he could have landed safely at either airports. With his 40 year old career at stake, can Sully rise once again above the odds and prove himself against the successful landing simulations and thus save his career?
Why you should watch Sully
Tom Hanks! He’s a great mentor on survival strategies be it in the midst of a far flung island, in space, or well in this case in an airplane with both engines kaput. Okay, no more kidding, Tom Hanks with his understated, nuanced acting makes you ‘feel’ that he IS the real Sullenberger. His eyes convey the most – and therein lie his power.
Clint Eastwood – what can you say about this man that hasn’t already been said? He masterfully handles the story and its depiction. There’s a soft human touch that runs throughout the movie – it moves you from within without you even realising it – you just get swept away in it. Clint Eastwood keeps the movie taut, rich and gripping till the end.
Watching how Sully landed the airplane on water around 3-4 times is thrilling, I wanted to watch it on loop because it was THAT expertly done!
Sully and First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) are a great combination of calm and wit. Jeff stands by Sully resolutely throughout the investigation. They share a significant bond of those intensely united by those precious seconds ticking away in the cockpit.
Sully is full of heart. The human connection is a recurring theme in the movie. Capt. Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff, the attentive crew, the passengers, the rescue boats and police – people helping each other, the crew advising “brace, brace, brace, heads down, stay down” as the plane dips to land on the water, and the passengers overflowing with gratitude to Sully for saving their lives. Most of all, the 154 passengers and crew’s lives that were in Sully’s hands – and how that was all that mattered to him at that point. Where’s my tissues gone, now?
This movie imparts qualities of teamwork, cooperation, kindness, confidence, ownership of responsibility, and dedication. The movie also reflects parts of us – insecure about our decisions, worrying about what might have or could have happened, searching for some semblance of normalcy. This movie also shows us that we need only to always believe in ourselves without a single shred of doubt in order to rise against all odds.
Have you watched the movie? Did you like it? If you’re going to watch it, then great – share what you thought of it later!
Tip: Watch it in an IMAX hall – it will make it richer and more real!
Here’s a little trailer for you before you head off:
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