The best time of the year for quality movies is in the fall; a time when studios save their best for last so that these movies will be top of mind come Oscar nomination time. Sully is that kind of movie. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Sully is a definite Oscar contender. The movie is based on Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's book, "Highest Duty" and Hanks, as Captain Sully, is a real movie star who carries the weight of the film.
The movie's actual events are so current (the story takes place in 2009) I was expecting a re-hash of old news events which we were flooded with in '09, but there's more to the story that until now had been unknown.
While the American public saw the heroic tale unfold on the evening news of a pilot who made a successful landing in the Hudson River, saving all 155 people on board, we never knew that behind the scenes The NTSB was accusing Sully of using poor judgement in not landing the plane back at LaGuardia. The investigation put Captain Sully and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) on the firing line along with their personal reputations and their future in the airline pilots.
It's a well told story filled with great plot twists and plenty of drama. I won't ruin the movie for you by telling you how it all comes out, but finding out for yourself is time well invested. Sully has a run time of one hour and thirty five minutes and it's rated PG-13 some intense scenes and harsh language. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" Sully gets a JUMBO (with extra butter)!