Star Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Anna Gunn
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Tim Moore and Allyn Stewart
Claps For: Performances, Direction and Screenplay
Slaps For: There’s nothing apart from the crash scene that makes it worth IMAX viewing!
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
Plot: “No one warned us. No one said you were going to lose both engines at a lower altitude that any jet in history. This was dual engine loss at 2,800 feet followed by an immediate water landing with 155 souls on-board......40 years in the air, but in the end I’m going to be judged on 208 seconds.”
Performances: It’s Tom Hanks’ show as the man who appears calm and confident from outside despite all the turbulence going inside his mind. Needless to say- such roles are like a piece of cake for an actor of his stature. And he plays the ‘Hero’ Captain Chesley Sullenberger with grace.
Aaron Eckhart lets his body language do the talking and lends a wonderful support to ‘Sully’. And every time the movie starts drifting towards a rather intense zone, Aaron makes sure he gets it back on track with a funny one-liner.
Conveying emotions without having your co-actor before you can be difficult. But Laura Linney does that with ease in her scenes as Hanks’ wife who communicates with him over the phone.
Anna Gunn delivers a restrained performance acting strict but at the same time letting the audiences know her intentions of being on the side of New York’s hero.
About The Movie: Biographical dramas can get way too complicated at times. But what works here is the fact that the team knew what exactly they intend to showcase instead of hitting around the bush.
Here’s a crisp (thanks to the wonderful editing), and a heart-warming tale of a man who saved lives of several people and his journey from doubting his actions to realizing that he is proud of what he did!
You will find yourself rooting for Sully within minutes- and that’s the magic of Eastwood’s direction. The film does get slow in between but neither does that bother nor does it cause any turbulence once you are completely focussed and enjoying the flight.
The drama quotient is apt and never gets over-the-top. While some might find the replay of the crash scene thrice throughout the movie to be irrelevant- it’s fun because every time it plays out it shows a different aspect of the human side of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.
The last few minutes are completely gripping and will leave you mesmerized!
The cinematography is wonderful but nothing that makes it worth watching at the IMAX- as the movie is being promoted.
Overall, this one’s a flight you cannot miss because you can trust Eastwood’s instructions and Hanks as well as Eckhart’s control over the airline.
Verdict: Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart nail the landing along with crisp editing and wonderful direction by Eastwood. Hence, we give ‘Sully’ THUNDEROUS CLAPS!