When something extraordinary happens, what's better than adapting it to the big screen?
A movie with a fairly simple premise and very little room for failure, '"Sully" mixes director Clint Eastwood's fast-paced shooting and Tom Hanks' hard-hitting style to create a more-than-successful big screen drama.
The film, starring the always masterful Hanks ("Forrest Gump," "Saving Private Ryan," "Cast Away") as pilot Chesley Sullenberger and co-starring Aaron Eckhart as co-pilot Jeff Skiles ("The Dark Knight," "Thank You for Smoking," "Battle Los Angeles"), magnifies Sullenberger's near perfect landing of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009.
The amazing thing about this story is that the 150,000-pound commercial flight had 155 people on board and all people survived relatively unharmed.
The perfectly-timed 96-minute feature is a relatively accurate adaptation of Sullenberger's own autobiographic account of the incident and does a fantastic job of capturing each character's tone throughout.
Going into the movie, I thought it would focus more on the plane's 208 seconds without functioning engines than it would before and after the event, but the movie pretty consistently cut into the drama to spike the audience's emotional appeal to the characters and spent a lot of time allowing Hanks to do what he does best -- act.
Although I felt the movie would have benefited most to focus on the moments leading up and directly after the incident, I thought Eastwood did a great job grounding the audience and not overwhelming them with unneeded content.
Quite frankly, "Sully" was a very good movie that accomplishes very little in terms of true entertainment, but keeps the viewer interested with inspiring performances and magnificent writing.
If you like tip-top acting, loads of jargon-based dialogue and a massive amount of internal drama, then you're in for a great one.
Rottentomatoes.com gave "Sully" a smooth 83% and I'd give the film a solid 75%.
THOUGHTS: I loved what I saw on screen and felt like the whole crew gave it their all, but I left the movie feeling as if I left something obtainable on the plane.