"Sully" soars through its opening weekend


Chesley Sullenberger, a man otherwise known as Captain Sully, landed a plane on the Hudson River with the assistance of his co-pilot Jeff Skiles on January 15, 2009. Not only did these two men land the plane flawlessly, but they saved 155 lives as well.  

Tom Hanks took on the role of Sully and nailed the part, one can only admire the grace and poise he brought to the screen. His co-pilot, played by Aaron Eckhart, was spot on and brought many laughs to the theater.

US Airways Flight 1549 was struck by a flock of geese shortly after take off. Neither of the pilots had experienced both engines failing at 2800 ft. 

With quick thinking and 42 years of flying under his belt, Sully did the seemingly impossible and landed the plane on the Hudson River.

The duration of film shows Sully’s daily struggle being away from his family and dealing with an investigation. The investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), went immediately underway, attempting to prove that Sully could have made it back to the airport, rather than landing in the Hudson. Even though he saved every passenger’s life, that didn’tseem to matter.

Clint Eastwood, the director, brought this true story to life in the most beautiful way. Eastwood makes the audience engulf themselves in the story and feel Sully’s emotions.  

The film begins immediately with Sully waking up from a nightmare he had about the crash. The reenactment of the crash doesn’t come right away. Eastwood built up the suspense, so by the time the audience saw it, they were on the edge of their seats.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film with an 84 percent rating. Rotten Tomatoes judges movies relatively harsh, so this rating says something special about this film.

Though the film is based on Captain Sully’s true story, the investigators are not happy with their portrayal in the film, according to Daily Mail. The investigators appear to be evil and somewhat heartless until the end of the film. They seemed as though they would go to the ends of the earth to prove Sully should not have landed the plane in the Hudson River.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Robert Benson, a retired NTSB employee stated, “I think we’re getting the dirty end of the stick here.” 

The board of the NTSB released a statement saying, “The NTSB was not asked to contribute to or participate in the production of ‘Sully’ and as such we were not afforded an opportunity to ensure our actions and words were portrayed with accurate context or reflected our perspective.”

 If the NTSB is telling the truth by saying they were inaccurately portrayed, then they have a right to be upset. Most of the world, after seeing this movie, will view the NTSB as bad people who did their absolute best to twist Sully’s actions and words. 

Overall, “Sully” was a fantastic film that gives the audience hope that miracles exist.