Sully (2016 Biographical Drama Film)
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  • Back in the beginning of 2016, I greatly waited for this, but when the time it became available in cinemas I told myself to just wait for the DVD
  • However, as the year went on, I became obsessed with many other films that this once highly-anticipated Tom Hanks-playing-a-hero-again movie was put in the bottom of watchlist
  • Alfonso Cuaron's highly-successful Gravity did not have a problem with just a 90-minute experience in space back in 2013, but Cuaron had the entire film built in suspense
  • One good thing though, the film surprisingly choose to open after the event happened when most of the time they had to build tension immediately culminating to the big event
  • For a film that was promoted for its crash sequence, I was really impressed at how they kept it short and focused more in the aftermath that followed


by Laudemhir Jan Parel

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    A Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks joint biopic sounds too good to be true. But it is 2017 now and apparently anything could happen. Back in the beginning of 2016, I greatly waited for this, but when the time it became available in cinemas I told myself to just wait for the DVD. I was not entirely sold on the idea that such a short story would work for a full-length feature, but reviews suggested otherwise. However, as the year went on, I became obsessed with many other films that this once highly-anticipated Tom Hanks-playing-a-hero-again movie was put in the bottom of watchlist.
  • Sully (2016 Biographical Drama Film)
  • In Sully, veteran director Clint Eastwood recreates the miracle on the Hudson river - a plane landed on the river and somehow every single soul survived. For a film that revolved around an event that is only 208 seconds long, a 96-minute film seems reasonable. Alfonso Cuaron’s highly-successful “Gravity” did not have a problem with just a 90-minute experience in space back in 2013, but Cuaron had the entire film built in suspense. Sully is a more grounded work, it features real people, real event - a real miracle that shocked the entire world.

    However, even in such a short amount of story to tell, the people appear paper-thin, no palpable foundation that could attach the viewers and the characters. So when the story ended, it’s more of a feel-good entertainment and not a glorified portrayal of heroism.

    One good thing though, the film surprisingly choose to open after the event happened when most of the time they had to build tension immediately culminating to the big event.

  • Sully (2016 Biographical Drama Film)
  • Tom Hanks is good as usual. You can throw him any acting role and he can do so with ease. However, he has been playing the same role over the past few years. Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies, and Sully all portray real American heroes starring the same Tom Hanks. Not to blame him though, he is the epitome of an American hero. This time he plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and had to dye his hair and mustache white.

    Tom Hanks has what it takes to pull off the speeches. He’s always good in delivering lines with big punches. No matter how calculated these lines are, he always had a way to deliver them in a humanly way as possible so you do sympathize with him.

    The trauma that was depicted in the film is subtle yet very horrifying. Hanks does a good job between remembering what happened and what he think could have happened. When the NTSB told him he could have endangered the lives of many, he started to doubt himself, “I have flied 40 million passengers but I’m going to be judged in 208 seconds.”

    The problem with his character is that it is so thinly-written that I did not connect with his suffering. I did in Captain Phillips and Bridge of Spies, but this one I know I am seeing a performance and not an actual person.

  • Sully (2016 Biographical Drama Film)
  • Sully’s co-pilot during that time Jeff Skiles, played by Aaron Eckhart ultimately shares the spotlight with him. Eckhart had a couple of memorable scenes, a humorous one at the end, but he had nothing much to do except keep Sully’s spirit up. I wanted to know more about him, he seemed to be a bit more relaxed than his counterpart, but basically if he lost his job I would not pity him for one second. It seemed for the entire film he had nothing to lose.

    Laura Linney as Sully’s wife was also weak as a character. Although of course as usual, she gave a good performance. It seemed like she was added for dramatic purpose but I did not buy it.

  • Sully (2016 Biographical Drama Film)
  • I think the entire problem of the film relies in the option to tell the story of its passengers. Eastwood randomly picked several passengers in order to add more impact but somehow failed. I thought they are going to be more important in the latter part of the film but they were dumped right after the crash.

    The realism depicted is very outstanding. I got shivers when the flight attendants started to do their crash protocol, “Heads down, stay down.”

    For a film that was promoted for its crash sequence, I was really impressed at how they kept it short and focused more in the aftermath that followed. The editing could have been better, but the choice of telling it in a way that not many directors would dare to do is very brave.

  • Sully (2016 Biographical Drama Film)
  • Eastwood’s directing is a bit shaky at some point, and the script is sometimes too on-the-nose, but one can argue it’s one of the most technically accomplished films of the year.

    The cinematography is on point. Like the entire film itself, the camera seemed to be more in the realistic side. There’s not a lot of dramatized frames but there’s a perfectly-shot film like the one above that evokes a lot of dramatic feelings.

    All in all, Sully does accomplish a lot of things even in such small pieces. Thanks to Eastwood’s choice of not truly focusing on the crash sequence but to the heroes that made that day a historic one. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a perfect film to feel really good about living once the credits of the survivors started to roll.



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Riza Joyce Barredo says :

re : Back in the beginning of 2016, I greatly waited for this, but when the time it became available in cinemas I told myself to just wait for the DVD
Its a very difficult position on the pilot to know that many lives depends on your hand. The pilot just gave those people a chance to survive and yet they blame the pilot for the loss. Its a very good movie. Highly recommended to watch.

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Laudemhir Jan Parel replies :

Yup, I agree with you, I have a hard time accepting it was the pilot’s fault. Thank God they turned the tide in the end, otherwise the world is so wrong. Good movie indeed.

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