Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Mike O'Malley, Jerry Ferrara, Chris Bauer, Jamey Sheridan, Sam Huntington, Max Adler, Katie Couric.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Screenplay: Todd Komarnicki
There are moments when I am very glad that Tom Hanks is playing Sully, then there are times where I wish Eastwood went with a no-name. I never once felt like I was watching Sully's story but rather a Hollywood take on the Hero; a title that I really do think Sully likes to reject—except the end clips made everything so much more confusing.
Based on the True story of Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the pilot that landed a plane with 155 souls safely on the Hudson river after being struck by birds in both engines on January 15, 2009. It was a heroic act from a man who was just doing his job, the thing is that this is what the film is telling but its actual message is far more trite than a man doing his job. It tries so hard to be just that, showing the everyday man do something that he needs to do; the man who can't take the credit when it was everyone who saved the day. But this movie does the exact opposite.
I am not saying that it's bad, I think this very truly shows what Sully went through with his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart). It clearly shows how the media reacted, his family reacted, they individually reacted, and of course how the insurance company reacted—with just the right amount of Hollywood cheese to make me slightly cringe (however when it mattered the cheese wasn't as dripping as it could be).
There are some really tremendous parts to this film, there are times where I completely allow Eastwood to grace me with some really powerful scenes. It is just that I am getting a bit tired of this American Hero schtick, and the worst part is is that Eastwood doesn't even seem to try and not just do that. Sully's story is incredible, the segments where you get to see him and Skiles in action are fantastic, when you get to ever briefly feel that you are invited to empathise with Sully is great, and I am always a sucker for non-linear storytelling. However I really feel that this particular way of using the non-linear convention could have been used in a more effective way—just don't ask me how, but an editor, director, and screenwriter sure could figure it out.
It is not a terrible film, I really appreciate a great amount of this film, but really the final product is just okay. But props to Hanks and Eckhart for rocking those mean moustaches.