The Pharblog’s Review of Sully
September 26, 2016
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A delay is better than a disaster. Engineers aren’t pilots. A pilot never stop acquiring new skills. These are just some of the lessons that I grasped from watching “Sully”, a new movie based on the true story of Captain Sullenberger and his emergency water landing in the Hudson River in New York City.
Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot of US Airways flight 1549, and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles, were able to save the lives of all the crew and passengers onboard that flight bound to Charlotte. This water landing marked the first time in history that a flight had a water landing which everyone onboard survived.
Longtime Hollywood star Tom Hanks was given the honor of portraying the American hero. During an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, who covered the emergency landing as it happened in real time, Hanks summed up his role in three words: “He’s the man.”
The movie was organized through a series of flashbacks that Sully uses to help prove to the NTSB that what he did was the safest option for him and his passengers. Throughout the film, the NTSB tried to prove that the water landing was not the best option by creating simulations of the emergency. However, in the end, Sully proves that simulations simply don’t show the humanity that pilots bring to the cockpit on a daily basis.
Overall, I thought that the movie was filmed very well, for it not only explained what happened but it touched on why the water landing was such a brilliant decision. Also, it focused on Captain Sullenberger’s mentality after the incident, for he was under a lot of pressure when people doubted that the water landing was the best option.
When I was in the theater, viewers of all ages were touched and fascinated with the true story. I highly recommend this movie to viewers of all interests because it was inspiring, fascinating, and even a little humorous.