Sully
I feel the movie builds up certain stakes with Sully which all come to its climax in the final hearing and simulation which then Sully totally cracks because he is awesome - and then everybody laughs and hugs each other. And that's that - kind of boring and unfulfillling. I would judge Sully as being a wait-for-it-on-Netflix and if you are all out of binge material, check it out-movie.
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The Good
  • Solid Tom Hanks acting
  • Amazing plane crash sequence
The Bad
  • Building up stakes with no satisfying outcome
  • Ultimately a waste of good actors
  • Didn't really spark my interest in the end
2.8Overall Score
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With heading into December, now the 2016 movie fall (or more winter) is in full swing – next up was Sully which we could (in hindsight luckily) snag up on iTunes. And it comes with the usual problem of how to judge real-life stories or biopics; do we judge on how well they tell the real story (which we only partly know) or do we judge on how “entertaining” the movie is for me as the audience? It is somewhat a Catch-22 because in the end of this movie, I kind of thought – “hmm, well – this was kind of unspectacular”. But maybe this is exactly what happened – maybe it was exactly that unspectacular.

But let’s go through it piece by piece; everyone (at least in America) has heard of the heroic story of Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and his miraculous landing on the Hudson river after dual engine loss hit the aircraft due to a bird strike shortly after departing NY La Guardia Airport in January, 2009. When I watched the trailer it became evident that the film is trying to look behind not only the heroic landing but also the aftermath, Sully had to deal with and the doubts raised by the “bureaucracy”

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UPDATE FEB-2017: Now, some time has passed and I have watched a few more Oscar movies – and it makes Sully in hindsight even more average than when watching. Understably, a movie based on true events can only handle the movie material it has available and not too much more – ad maybe as stated above the real story behind was really just as uninterersting. I felt the only really great cinematic achievement was the filming of the crash on the Hudson – it was incredibly dramatic, beautifully shot and very realistic. But everything else what happened just didn’t really grasp my attention or my interest whatsoever.

From an acting perspective, Tom Hanks delivers a good performance as one is used to from him by now – but also nothing in comparison to his amazing performance from Captain Phillips (which was a comparable story). Aaron Eckhardt is solid as his co-pilot and it is probably one great achievement of the film to show that it was not JUST Sully who made this miracle happen but also the teamwork and the trust between him and his co-pilot. Laura Linney as Sully’s wife on the phone is a true waste of a good actress and potential storyline (what did actually happen to their potential financial trouble?).

Coming back to the story, I feel the movie builds up certain stakes with Sully which all come to its climax in the final hearing and simulation which then Sully totally cracks because he is awesome – and then everybody laughs and hugs each other. And that’s that – kind of boring and unfulfillling. I would judge Sully as being a wait-for-it-on-Netflix and if you are all out of binge material, check it out-movie.

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