Real-life investigators object to portrayal in 'Sully' movie
Sep 09 2016
Beautifully filmed in and around a wintry Manhattan, and featuring spectacular sequences re-creating that iconic landing and rescue on January 15, "Sully" is also suffused with a particularly mournful sense of poignancy; the sight of a plane coming so perilously close to the buildings along the Upper West Side can't help but conjure the city's most grievous day eight years earlier, an observation made late in the film by one of Sully's colleagues.
The movie screened at the newly open IMAX Theatre had Celebrities like Timi Dakolo, Bryan Okwara, Funmi Holder, Ayo, Marvelous Odiete, amongst others in attendance.
The biopic also stars Aaron Eckhart, Jerry Ferrara, Autumn Reeser, Sam Huntington and Max Adle.
In the film, Eastwood focuses on what happened after that day, when Sully and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, played by Hanks and Eckhart respectively, faced intense questioning by the National Transportation Safety Board about their decision to land the plane in the river.
"Sully" premieres September 9, 2016 in cinemas worldwide.
Americans, and especially New Yorkers, desperately needed an aviation hero as a psychological bookend to the September 11 attacks.
It seems nearly a foregone conclusion Clint Eastwood would direct and Tom Hanks would star in the movie version of the story.
"I pilot a little bit myself, and I know that I need to be looking for alternate routes, highways or waterways in case I have a problem in the air".
Hanks told The Associated Press in an interview that a draft script included the names of real-life NTSB officials, but Sullenberger - who is an adviser on the film - requested they be taken out. The event came to be known as "The Miracle on the Hudson", and Sullenberger was hailed as an aviation hero from coast to coast.
Relying on his extensive experience in camera work and long-standing working relationship with the Oscar-winning director, the cinematographer effortlessly captured the trajectory and stunning nature of Hanks and Eckharts' alluring performances.
The story has solid details about the events and an appreciation for, more than anything, people who do their jobs to the best of their abilities. "Tom is a terrific actor and I had never worked with him", he said.
No matter who took the lead, there's no question, as audiences will discover, that Sullenberger and Skiles were both in the hot seat during the NTSB investigation and eventual hearing by the agency, which illustrated the viability of the alternate scenarios to landing in the Hudson. "They are doing a very important job, and if, for editorial purposes, we want to make it more of a prosecutorial process, it ain't fair to them, '" revealed Hanks.
That's pretty much the crux of Eastwood's film, which takes a decidedly simple and sentimental view of how America sees its heroes. "I'm thinking of running over the press with a vehicle", she says, as news vans surround her house, viewed from camera angles that make them appear ready to attack.