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“Sully”, based on actual events was truly a disappointment, with Tom Hanks as the only shining feature in the film. The story revolved around an American pilot who became a hero after making the tough decision to land a plane carrying 155 passengers in the Hudson River, and the investigation that occurred in the aftermath. While this true life story may sound like the makings of a riveting movie, it was less than stellar. What seemed like an incredibly drawn out film, “Sully” was actually only 96 minutes long.
Throughout the film, Sully experienced some PTSD from the terrifying crash landing, which was interesting to watch, and well done. The investigators looking into the crash became the antagonists, accusing Sully of making poor choices in the midst of a stressful event. Flashbacks of virtually the same exact scenes were constant, to the point where they lost their drama and starting putting the audience to sleep. The film somehow made the crash landing anticlimactic, which I didn’t even know was possible. Total let down.
One of the main problems with this high-budget film, was the lack of character development, as well as a slew of extras lacking in acting skills. The co-pilot, Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) didn’t have many lines, even though he was right next to Sully (Tom Hanks) as the plane went into the ocean. Tom Hanks carried the entire film on his own and is really the only thing that kept me in my seat.