Saturday, October 8, 2016

SULLY (2016) Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Director:     Clint Eastwood
Writers:       Todd Komarnicki
Actors:        Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Based on Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s book, (“Highest Duty”), this movie is presented in documentary style, so it lacks the exaggerated theatricality of spectacular dramas.   It’s based on true events, so this seems appropriate to me.  Clint Eastwood has always been superb at capturing the internal turmoil beneath the outward calm, and Tom Hanks is a master at portraying unassuming heroes with profound courage and integrity beneath the surface silence.  This is an excellent movie which depicts how an honorable man triumphs over slanderous accusations of ineptitude and misjudgment.

I love Clint Eastwood’s decision to make this about moral and ethical issues rather than sensationalizing the dramatic event of a plane crashing into the Hudson River. In our narcissistic society which tends to celebrate egoistic heroism, this movie stands out as a magnificent homage to the human spirit of a man whose only goal is to save the lives of his crew and passengers.  Tom Hanks, as always, embodies this type of man with the ease of an eyeblink. Aaron Eckhart, who plays his co-pilot (and, in my opinion, a heroic type himself), admirably sets aside his own charisma to give Tom Hanks the full spotlight.

As patiently and quietly as the story unfolds, once I understand what’s going on, I’m outraged that a pilot with 40 years of experience is questioned for his last-minute decision to land his damaged plane on the Hudson River, an action which ultimately SAVES the lives of all the crew and passengers on the plane.  How can anyone question his decision given the outcome?  Well, insurance carriers can because blaming the pilot will absolve them of having to pay off insurance claims.

This isn’t a blockbuster movie.  Rather, it’s a thoughtful, heartwarming movie which will survive the test of time and be loved by moviegoers far into the future.
TAGS:  Sully, Plane Crash, Hudson River, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Todd Komarnicki