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Sully (2016)

As a Tom Hanks fan, I was immediately drawn to Sully and when I discovered the plot of the film; consisting of a retelling of the events which occurred on the fateful January 15th 2009, of the landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the river Hudson, I was mesmerised.

To be honest, even though this was enormously publicised at the time, I don’t particularly remember the event. I did already know however, that Captain Chesley Sullenberger was criticised for landing on the river and risking the lives of the people on the plane and of course this was reflected on the film (naturally it was dramatised).

The film itself however, showed different sides to the story, with a raw performance by the brilliant Hanks and an equally realistic portrayal of First Officer Jeff Skiles by Aaron Eckhart. It notably of course showed the dramatic landing and it also focused on what the repercussions were and the moments before it happened.

Even though thankfully there were no fatalities, the film is incredibly moving and emotional, showing the brilliance of the air crew and how Captain Sullenberger’s actions were not only courageous but also displayed how brilliant he was as a pilot; taking a risk which many others wouldn’t, saving the lives of all on board.

Laura Linney as Lorraine Sullenberger was also excellent as always, with the rest of the supporting cast giving first class performances which made you forget you were simply watching a portrayal of what happened, not a documentary on the subject.

This film is definitely one of the best I have seen in a while, it’s dramatic (of course), at times frustrating (when you realise that he did the right thing but no-one except for his family and those on the plane believe he couldn’t have landed at an airport), comedic at times but most importantly has the heart needed for this portrayal.

Fabulous cast, interesting and captivating story and wonderfully filmed.

I would recommend this to everyone.

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— AW