Sully

“No good deed goes unpunished.” – Murphy As nauseatingly cliche as this familiar mantra from the annals of Murphy’s Law sounds, it is regrettably still true. Most of us have probably experienced the ecstatic joy of doing something remarkably beneficial to others or for others, only to have those ever present professed human forces of darkness vex your satisfaction. They simply will not let you be the hero or heroine you are. Not even for fifteen minutes. Solidly based upon the best selling book “Highest Duty”, Sully reveals the abject vexation of Captain Chelsey Sullenberger, who after saving the lives 155 people aboard U.S Airways Flight 1549, by making a bold decision to set his plane down in the Hudson River, became an object of ridicule via the National Transportation Safety Board. The in depth investigation into the event nearly cost him his career as a pilot. Director Clint Eastwood eschews a standard linear narrative, shifting from horrible nightmares to appropriate flashbacks and present events leading up to the eventual hearing Sully must endure to clear his name. It’s nearly like a puzzle, yet fortunately not difficult to put together. Intermittently throughout the pic, Eastwood gives a complete picture of our protagonist as a skillful military pilot and how he came to be one. Thankfully, Eastwood, scripter Todd Kormanicki, and Clint’s steadfast cinematographer, Tom Stern don’t waste too much...

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