Heroism is considered an act of heroic conduct and courageous action. My favorite movie of all time is Sully. Based on the real-life event which occurred on Thursday, January 15th 2009 nicknamed Miracle on the Hudson, directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Clint Eastwood, Allyn Stewart, and Frank Marshall, the movie featured the cast of Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Aaron Eckhart as First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and Laura Linney as Sullenberger wife Lorraine Sullenberger. It was released on September, 9th 2016 with a budget of 60 million US Dollars.
Captain Sullenberger proved his heroism when he and his first officer made a successful emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after their aircraft US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survived the traumatizing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the awards, the famed pilot was faced with an investigation that threatened to destroy his career and reputation.
This movie inspired me because he risked his life & career to avoid what could have been a disaster. It teaches that no matter the situation we find ourselves in, to make the right choices and never give up. The film, which runs an efficient 96 minutes, holds back on what really happened until more than an hour in, and instead opens with a vivid nightmare in which Sully imagines a far different outcome had he followed through on his initial strategy of returning to LaGuardia Airport with practically no thrust in either engine, culminating in a fiery demise for all aboard as Flight 1549 crashes into a skyscraper. And then he wakes up.
The disturbing dream sequence is strangely less exciting than such airline-disaster openings as those in Flight and Alive. And yet, distasteful as it may be to watch a plane smash into the New York skyline, conjuring images of 9/11, its a reminder that Sullenbergers actions potentially saved more than the lives of his 155 airline passengers.
Sullenberger may have been haunted by the visions of crashing planes become a recurring theme, but hes not alone. His co-pilot, Jeff Skiles sticks to Sullys side, while his wife, Lorrie offers encouragement from home via phone. Sullys network of support extends far beyond that, relying on all the other professionals who played a role that day, from the air-traffic controllers to the flight attendants to the emergency-response crew, and though viewers will shake their heads at the injustice of the fact that the authorities held Sullys feet to the fire for what happened, Eastwoods message is one of appreciation for those who responded to a crisis in which everyone survived, where the pilot did his job, and where people acted admirably across the board. As Sully tells the NTSB investigating committee, You’re not used to having answers to your guesses. He also gets the movies last laugh, an odd, Okay, I guess we can all go home now chuckle.
Although the movie explores the emergency landing on two different occasions, it mostly focuses on the aftermath, specifically the investigation held by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This investigation began because the NTSB believed that instead of landing on the Hudson River, he could have returned the aircraft to LaGuardia Airport. It also highlights how Sully and Skiles deal with the emotional stress from the incident and the investigation.
In my opinion, Sully is an excellent film. If it had been promoted as the recounting of the Miracle on the Hudson, it would’ve been better. The film doesn’t tell audiences anything extraordinary or meaningful that isn’t already known. Even if you arent familiar with the 2009 incident, itd be far more engaging to see the actual event occur, rather than the aftermath. Despite that, I enjoyed the movie because of my love and passion for the airline industry.