Sunday, July 16, 2017

Now on HBO: Sully (2016)

Sully (2016) - Directed by Clint Eastwood; Written by Todd Komarnicki; Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Mike O' Malley, Anna Gunn, Laura Linney.

By Kenny Howell

I am not sure why a Sully movie exists.

I mean I know why, to make money, and to capture some hero gazing, but there is so little here. There is not really much of a conflict, and you can tell they were running short on material as we see the entire crash twice in just roughly 90 minutes of film time, once as it was experienced from several different people, and once from the perspective of the pilots.

The "conflict" is that the NTSB plans to prove that Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger could have made it back to one of two airports, and he endangered the lives of the 155 people on board by landing in the Hudson River. That seems a bit stretched, as they were just investigating what happened, and there is a possibility that Sully could have made it back. But it makes it seem they were out to get him, which has angered some of the actual people involved in the investigation who were just doing their job.

The end result comes out to being a big "so what". I never once cared what happened to Sully. I think from what little I know of the event, he did what he thought was best in a life and death situation, which none of us know just how we would respond, and everyone survived because of what he did. That is pretty obvious. Tom Hanks (Hologram for the King) as the titular character is as good as you would expect him to be, and everything is handled well enough by director Clint Eastwood. I just don't think there was any reason to tell the story.

Sully is now streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now.

Rating: **

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