One of the risk of making a movie where the central character is a regular guy turned hero, there is much scope for a flat caricature in pursuit of grandiose over his/her humaneness. But one of the advantages of having Tom Hanks as your movie protagonist is, he has the capacity to turn a caricature into a human, with a history and a heart. I had this sense of balance in deciding to watch the movie, Sully.
Let me admit I have the greatest respect and awe for the entire aviation field. The fact that a machine weighing hundreds of tons can float in the air is in itself like magic to me. What? In the era of quantum Internet? But if you really consider the Internet, once the computer was invented the internet was the logical next step. It was invented in the late 1940s and military was using it in its rudimentary form during the war. It is really a big repository of files that we access through wires. But the fact that we can fly a machine so high up in the air, which is more than a mere slingshot throw mechanism is a wonder. At least for me a person whose motor skills have to be defined as something -challenged it is a wonder that something can be flown so high up.
The movie talks about what happens to a man who assumes the responsibility, an unwritten pact that says, we will take you home alive and what happens when circumstances get in the way of executing this promise. Although the media and the people hailed the pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed his plane in the Hudson river, as the hero, his personal experience was different.
Besides, the emotionally taxing investigation of the case, the movie portrays his own trauma of all the likely scenarios that could have occurred is beautifully portrayed and neatly paced. Tom Hanks’ performance of Sully brings all the dignity and endurance of the pilot, Sully himself. Watch it see how Hanks can turn a static scene into a bunch of nerves and the entire space is throbbing with this energy. I had watched Sully purely for the love of Tom Hanks but I am tempted to explore more of director, Clint Eastwood’s work.