I’m sure you remember the headline, possibly the day it happened. A plane that had just left the airport, did a forced water landing on the Hudson River on January 15th. The entire crew and passengers all survived, with only minor injuries to be reported. It was called “The Miracle on the Hudson” and the Captain of the plane was deemed a hero. Many people don’t know what happened or even what occurred after that landing.
The movie “Sully”, craftily named after the Captain of that plane, tells the story of the landing, what occurred during that time, the rescue and what occurred after to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullengberger (played by Tom Hanks, Castaway and The Terminal) and First Officers Jeffery Skiles (played by Aaron Eckhart, Battle Los Angelos and The Dark Knight) (the co-pilot). Sully is directed by Clint Eastwood and has a run time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.
“This is the captain, brace for impact.” – Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger
Sully takes you into the crash of that plane. It tells you why they crashed, how the crew and passengers worked together to get to safety and how the police, ferries and rescue workers came together to save everyone in just 24 minutes after the plane landed. You get to hear the co-pit conversation as they realize they wont be able to return to the airport in time. It’s a moving picture and one that people need to see. Yes, it happened just 8 years after 9/11 and the feelings of a plane crashing anywhere near New York would scare the hell out of people. You see these feeling comes forward when Sully and Skiles are questioned about their actions and why they did not return to the airport after making the distress call.
You see how Sully and Skiles deal with what happened, some PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is present and how they are able to stay calm even when they are being told they will basically be losing their jobs, even though they saved everyone on board that plane. It is difficult to watch these men get berated by the officials when they did what they had to do to save everyone and while, many did question their actions, in the end everyone survived and that’s a rare feet itself for a plane crash. There is some shocking information to take in when the case is reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board and some information that is easier to hear after you know the story.
The movie jumps around to present and the past, with the crash and what the news and people are saying. It jumps to the review process that Sully and Skiles go through and to how the crash could’ve gone other ways with Sully’s dreams. Overall, the movie is in a great time set, it gets right to the heart and point of the story and doesn’t give you unnecessary information to tell the story. I give it 10 out of 10 stars.
“If you could do this differently, if you had another chance, what would you have done?” – Female Board Member
“I would do it in June.” – Jeffery Skiles
I want to stress the importance of this story. Sully did something many few other pilots would’ve been willing to do. Not only that, he put the lives of his passengers first before thinking of his safety. That is a true Captain. However, I also want to take a moment to remind you that the ferry workers, the police and all the rescue workers involved also saved those passengers too. They were able to get everyone to safety and warmth in just 24 minutes after landing. That’s impressive itself. You are all heroes!