So he did, thereby saving 155 lives -- everyone aboard the plane at the time. It took only 24 minutes in 2009 for the first responders in
Undoubtedly, there's a dollar figure attached to insurance payments and economic impact on
"Sully" the movie is 96 minutes long. It's tight, involving and -- except for the end -- dramatic. But the big number in the movie, really, is 86. That's the age of its director
"Sully" is pure Clint along with the surefire charisma of its story and star (
Among the unexpected pleasures of "Sully" is the structure of the film. A lesser film would have opened with the heart-stopping event,slam-bang, and then gone into the
Not this one. You know all about the secret campaign to impugn Sully officially before you ever see what happened in the film. Because he's played by Hanks -- and because he's been a certifiable American hero since it happened -- you know how it's going to turn out. Still, it is impressive to watch this no-nonsense director take you dramatically through discussions full of jargon and tech talk in which the lives and reputations of very good and dedicated people are at stake underneath it all.
The landing on the
Eastwood, like a career pilot, has his team full of consummate professionals (notably longtime cinematographer
It is no accident that the whole point of this movie is the existence of team heroism. Underneath that, there is the conveyance of the resilience of
But then without Sully in this story, who knows what would have happened? Without Eastwood, no one could have been so sure the movie would have turned out as convincing as it did.
It wasn't so long ago that Eastwood -- in life -- was having trouble putting a foot right after moving so many people in "
No more. "Sully" is a reminder about the miracle that consummate professionals can be in the world. And its filmmaker is the oldest and most prolific exemplary professional our movies have had in the modern era.
Clint would be the first to tell you that all talk about "miracles" is hype and baloney. A lifelong dedication to film excellence is good enough.
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