I had no clue of the events following the mildly amusing news that a plane had successully landed on the Hudson river. It didn’t seem like a big deal back in 2009, partly because it didn’t take place in my home country and otherwise because I am not an aeronautics geek. This movie portrays the investigation that followed the plane crash.
While the film could’ve been made as a documentary, no one watches those. One way to solve this problem is to have well known actors play the lead roles in the story. This is generally what happens when you see a movies that have the ‘Based on true events’ sticker slapped on to them.
Given all that, instead of going about discussing the technicalities or accuracy of the flight details, I am going to discuss the film itself. Continuing on my previously mentioned desire to evaluate movies without considering whether they are based on real events. In that vein, I think that Sully represents an interesting form of storytelling, it guides you through the emotions of the man in charge of the critical decision.
But it is also a good thing that the movie doesn’t last too long as otherwise it risks becoming a bureaucratic bore. The non-linear approach helps in generating the minimum tension needed for the movie to work at all.
Watch it if you don’t already know how risky and wondrous human aviation is.