CLIPS MOVIE REVIEW
by Roger Tennis
RATED PG-13 (some peril and brief strong language)
RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
Tom Hanks - Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart - Jeff Skiles
Laura Linney - Lorraine Sullenberger
Holt McCallany - Mike Cleary
Mike O'Malley - Charles Porter
Jamey Sheridan - Ben Edwards
Anna Gunn - Elizabeth Davis
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. - Warner Bros.
ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS
The powerhouse team of director Clint Eastwood and star Tom Hanks deliver an engrossing portrait of Chesley Sullenberger, the heroic airline pilot who accomplished an extraordinary miracle. The forced landing on the Hudson River that saved 155 lives is just part of what happened to Sully during the investigation. Mr. Eastwood captures this unbelievable real-life story brilliantly, keeping the audience focused on the screen. This is a difficult feat considering it's a fairly recent, well-known event. His smartest move was casting the incredible Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart as the beleaguered pilot and co-pilot. Laura Linney was also a great choice in her few scenes as distraught wife Lorraine Sullenberger. The master director keeps this character study rather intense, cutting between the airplane's harrowing flight and the seemingly one-sided investigation. The landing sequence is frighteningly realistic - giving me second thoughts about flying in the future. Like Mr. Sullenberger, Clint goes above and beyond in his job - even providing the haunting song "Flying Home" (which he co-wrote with Tierney Sutton and J.B. Eckl). Not a moment of the short 96 minute running time is wasted in this gem of a movie. "Sully" deserves to fly high on the radar during the awards season.