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  Rated PG-13 · 96 minutes · 2016
Clint Eastwood’s late-period films as a director have often examined what it means to be a “hero,” and he finds an ideal subject in Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the airline pilot who executed a miraculously successful emergency landing on the Hudson River in January 2009. Screenwriter Todd Komarnicki gets risky with his structure weaving back and forth in time between the post-crash NTSB investigation, brief glimpses of Sully’s youth, and eventually—only after around the 30 minute mark—the events of the fateful day itself. It’s a narrative that at times feels thin, spending time with a few of the lucky passengers or the air-traffic controller trying to assist Sully, in a way that often comes off as padding. But Eastwood has his secret weapon in Hanks, who navigates Sully’s struggles with post-traumatic stress, becoming a media celebrity, and trying to defend himself against suggestions that his decisions were risky, all in a way that retains humanity rather than turning him into a statue. The taut procedural approach to the crash itself and Hanks’ gift for making earnestness compelling provide the foundation for a solid profile in just-doing-my-job heroism.



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Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore, Steven Mnuchin, Kipp Nelson and Bruce Berman
Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Delphi Harrington, Mike O'Malley, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn, Holt McCallany, Ahmed Lucan, Laura Linney, Wayne Bastrup, Jerry Ferrara and Autumn Reeser

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Inlander Learning to Land Sully's solid execution can't overcome its inherent lack of drama by Seth Sommerfeld 09/08/2016
Chicago Reader With Sully, Clint Eastwood recalls a story no one has forgotten yet Tom Hanks stars as Chesley Sullenberger, the airline pilot behind the Miracle on the Hudson. by J.R. Jones 09/08/2016
Charleston City Paper Eastwood's Sully fails to stick the landing The death-defying heroics of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles are truly remarkable: In January 2009, after both engines failed, they piloted U.S. Air Flight 1549 to a safe water landing on the Hudson River in New York City. by Dan Hudak 09/14/2016
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Connect Savannah Review: Sully Most films need some semblance of villainy to provide dramatic tension, and here it comes in the form of a panel of National Transportation Safety Board investigators determined to prove that a water landing wasn’t necessary and Sully could easily have made it back to LaGuardia. by Matt Brunson 09/06/2016
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