Some movies seem to yell at you saying "look at me, look at me," but "Sully" is the opposite. It's a beautiful film about what happened back in 2009, during an airline incident known as, "The Miracle On The Hudson."
What sets "Sully" apart from all the other cinematic noise makers is the quiet, no-nonsense manner in which Sully Sullenberger goes about his business. In the capable hands of, Tom Hanks, he is a compassionate thinker, a man of character, and when a flock of Geese cripple both engines on his Airbus A320, every second counts. Along with his co-pilot, played-well by Aaron Eckhart, they decide to ditch the plane with 155 on board in the Hudson river.
The only real conflict in "Sully" happens after everyone survives and the NTSB takes the two pilots to task, questioning their choice of landing on the Hudson rather than on a local runway. It's fascinating to watch the inner workings of such a hearing knowing the careers of both pilots were on the line.
Oscar-winning director, Clint Eastwood, also understands Sully's mind-set, crafting a film about integrity rather than showmanship. His humble approach to film-making might not mesh with standard Hollywood self-aggrandizement, but there is so much beauty in the details of "Sully," it makes you grateful someone this intelligent, this dedicated to his job, was in control during the 208 seconds of chaos.
"Sully" is rated PG-13 and look for a strong supporting role by Laura Linney as his wife. It's a rare smart film about a smart man who found fulfillment in doing his job every day with honesty and consistency.