Based on a true story comes 'Sully: Miracle On The Hudson' directed by Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood. After coming close to another Oscar with 'American Sniper', would 'Sully' give Eastwood another chance at glory?
The runtime of the film is 1 hour and 36 minutes which for this story is enough. However, there is an aspect involving Sully and his wife that felt forced into the film to make it longer than an hour and a half. The family perspective most definitely should be included in a story like this as it is directly affecting them and their lives. However, the film didn't focus on them growing more as a family or bonding over a near tragedy. It sets up a half-hearted attempt at creating tension between Sully and his wife as if there were problems at home. However, the film does not fully commit to this and there is no payoff. Due to this, it just feels included for the film to be longer and it wasn't necessary to the story at all. This aspect albeit a short part of the film is by far the weakest point of this movie.
Eastwood uses special effects within this film to great use too. The scenes where the plane is seen making a crash landing look incredibly realistic. Seeing this plane glide through New York is the stuff of nightmares. The effects are astonishing and terrifying at the same time due to the realism. Again, the film doesn't overdo it as it then goes back to use real boats and practical effects within the rescue scenes. This allows the film to show more humanity as we see the effort from the coastguards and other helpers. This really helps the story becoming quite heartwarming as you see the better side of humanity as everyone is doing what they can to help one another.
Overall, this a very solid biographical disaster film. It doesn't ever seem exaggerated and the human feeling is kept. The structure of this film really helps as the crash-landing and safety rescue didn't last long enough for it to be the full movie. Eastwood does a great job crafting a story around this event and Hanks shines like always. A very interesting watch and one that you should check out.
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