Like his last movie, Sully is a biography about one man seen as a hero in "most" of America, a man named Chesley Sullenberger or Sully for short, who has been a pilot for, what was it, 42 years? Phoo! Anyway, in 2009, as he and his assistant Jack were mounting the plane, a flock of birds came into view and some of them hit the engines, which caused the engines to malfunction. Normally, Sully would be ordered to go back to the airport, but he didn't have time. At least, that's what he claims. Because he decides instead to land the plane in the freezing Hudson river, where the passengers had to stand on the plane's wings and hope for help before hypothermia. Turns out, all 155 passengers survived, but the CIA doesn't agree with Sully's actions and thinks he endangered all those people by crashing into the Hudson river and that, maybe he could've made it back to the airport safely after all, and maybe the left wing wasn't actually damaged. So now we have our investigation and drama movie.
"Sully" is kind of an "it's not you it's me" kind of film, a film that tries so hard to have a realistic feel that there is no soundtrack and not much appealing to look at. Like American Sniper, this film is so gray it might as well have been shot in black and Tom-Hanks's-new-hair white. And critics have been saying this movie is tense, a burst of adrenaline. Uh...I don't think so. I'm sure the people who were in the plane were horrified but I think that's a situation you have to be in to be suspenseful and this movie doesn't have what it takes to make you feel like you're with the characters.
Now, at first I thought this was going to be a disaster, after apparently the movie takes place after a catastrophe without showing that catastrophe. I groaned, knowing that would simply mean a movie where we'd hear the details, not see them. Thankfully, the movie goes back on that idea, but I think it wouldn't have hurt the movie to just put it in chronological order. I even think it would have helped. When we get to see the mighty plane crash, it's right after a scene that actually made me eager to see what would happen next. Putting the scene here rather than at the start confused me for a few minutes and made me eager for it to end despite the fact I was curious about it. I think Clint Eastwood did this so we can get a view right before the climax, and it wasn't really effective.
Then the movie actually gives us an idea and a lesson that's actually...original! And that's rare in movies, books and videogames and all forms of entertainment alike these days. Even though it was slow, I kind of really liked watching it. I also liked how everyone treats Sully so nicely after the crash. It's also worth having a discussion over. If Sully was unable to save all those 155 people, would people have behaved differently? The news is so negative, it's nice to have a happy ending once in a while, right? My point is, it's nice to show people can be human when business is not the first priority. And Sully makes an argument I never saw coming and is...well, right on the money! But just like American Sniper, this movie still ends ends on a stinker even though I looked forward to the endings in both films. I won't spoil it, but Clint Eastwood just doesn't know how to take advantage of the most important parts of a story, and I was close to giving this film a much better grade for the reasons I stated in the last paragraph, but in the end, fans of this movie and Captain Sullenburger can go off and have their fun watching this movie, but for an 18 year old like me who's seen movies that generate much better suspense and for other people near my age, I'd give this a pass.