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A fierce, stark, haunted drama of horror narrowly avoided.

New Yorker

Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood brings us this quietly stirring tribute to the incredible true story of an everyday hero.

Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the heroic airline pilot who glided his disabled Airbus A320 onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard and came to be known as ‘The Miracle on the Hudson.”

Despite the accolades, the famed pilot ends up facing an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.

BBFC: This film contains moderate threat & infrequent strong language

Director(s): Clint Eastwood   Country of Origin: United States  Year: 2016   Running Time: 1hr 36 mins  
BBFC Advice: 12A Parental supervision required for children under 12.  

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Film Club said...

Here is a recreation of a true-life drama of epic proportions recreating the conflict that ensues when the heroism and skill of Captain Sullenberger are challenged by the official investigation that follows his water landing on the Hudson.
Moving performances by Hanks and Eckhart are played out against chilling reenactments about those events we hope will never happen when being given our safety briefings before takeoff.
It is particularly poignant when – beyond the end titles – we are shown footage of Sully himself, his wife & the survivors.
This is a film without bad language that offers an insight into the destructive force of seemingly “vindictive” bureaucrats –albeit fictional in this case – with the power to judge a man who has achieved an enormous feat and to end his career. It is also an interesting comment on the ability of the media to hound and betray its fellow humanity.
Film Club members expressed widely varying views, ranging from: a self-congratulatory film of doubtful veracity (with some poor acting and lack of content) that blew a 3 minute incident up into a protracted 96 minutes one to a sober, old-fashioned, tense, watchable, pleasantly surprising, better than expected and inspiring at times depictment of an individual standing up against  “the system”
For those, who used to enjoy the old-fashioned heroism of the James Stewart variety, watching “Sully” is likely to prove an engaging experience.

 “Sully” scored a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 9 aptly illustrating the subjectivity of each filmgoer’s experience. Overall 3*

6 months ago

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