Starring: Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in the major roles
Director: Clint Eastwood
Through the eyes of Active Consultants, Sully deserves a 4 star for a real life story and not-boring repetitions. Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger is a pilot, and a thumping good one at that. A nice and average family man of strong beliefs he becomes an accidental hero in January 2009 by landing a plane on the frozen Hudson during an emergency. Based on real life story of Sully, the movie divulges the story behind ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ of a US Airways pilot who landed a plane with both its engines dead on the frozen river without a single casualty, an unbelievable feat which stunned the world and filled people with awe.
This ninety-minute story derived out of the 208 seconds of heroism isn't about the glory, but about the trials,Sullenberger faces after saving lives.
The movie begins with Sully at the peak of his PTSD suffering from violent flashbacks projecting what could have happened if he hadn't chosen to land on the river. He is suffering from doubts too as the aviation board inquiry tries to determine whether or not he did the right thing.
Sully and his First Officer, Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), are ruthlessly interrogated while they become overnight heroes. While trying to convince the board, a new discovery is made: the investigators are told by engineers that one of the dead plane's engines may not have failed, unlike what the pilots had claimed, with Sully saying, “Engineers are not pilots. He digs a deeper hole by saying that he didn’t go exactly by the rulebook, but rooted on his 42 years of experience and just “eyeballed” it.
The movie is predictable but fresh. Inspired by non-fictions (biography) the story ends well.