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A movie miracle

Movie Monday: Did You See and Agree?

It’s Monday! I saw a movie! Let’s discuss.

It’s a movie miracle! May found me sitting still long enough to watch not one, but two movies! Both were about hero types. Both of the hero types’ names start with S. The first one, which I watched on HBO, is Sully. (Who’s the other? Tune in next Monday!)

The story: Based on a true story! In 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed an airliner on the Hudson River after birds took out both engines shortly after takeoff. Landed. On. Water. … The event was dubbed the miracle on the Hudson.

Spoiler alert (for the two people who didn’t hear about this when it happened): everybody lived. But a landing like that, and especially without losing anyone, had never happened before. Definitely movie fodder.

Tom Hanks is Sully and (the adorable) Aaron Eckhart is the co-pilot, Jeff Skiles. I believed they both had ample experience flying a plane (and handling emergency situations). I also enjoyed the air traffic controller, mostly because, except for the stress, it seems like a really cool job.

The real stars of the movie, though, are the writer (Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow) and director. Why? After I watched the movie for the second time, I realized something amazing from one of Sully’s lines: the whole ordeal, from shortly after takeoff to the water landing, took just 208 seconds. Ku-DOS, Mr. Clint Eastwood, for making a 90-minute movie out of an event that spanned a bit more than 3 and half minutes.

The good: (1) The aforementioned acting, so much so, that I found myself repeating lines from it afterwords. Cactus 1549We’re going to end up in the Hudson. (2) The way the story was told. I won’t spoil that, as it’s the one thing about the movie that isn’t known if you know the story. Clever.

The not-as-good: The liberties taken with based on a true story stories. The NTSB hearing investigating the incident didn’t happen that quickly. And I wonder if Sully was actually scrutinized in real life — at one point, the investigators insist he could have made it back to a nearby airport or two (now I’ll have to read the damn book).

Did I enjoy it? Sure thing. He may talk to empty chairs at Republican National Conventions, but that Clint Eastwood makes a good movie. I’ll give it 3 stars out of four.

Let me know what you thought of this flick in the comments. Thanks for reading. Roger. Tara zero six zero fiver, roger and out.

Movie Monday is my extremely infrequent movie/TV show review series. Click here to read more reviews.


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