Sully

Reviewed
Sat. 1/14/17
Sully
3.0833333333333
Acting
3.5
3.5/5
Morality
4.5
4.5/5
Music
1.5
1.5/5
Story
3
3/5
Visuals
3.5
3.5/5
Kernel Factor
2.5
2.5/5
A miraculous story trying desperately to add its own spin
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Epics/Historical
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

I'm a sucker for biographical films and so even a boring film, which this was plenty boring at times, is doable for me. I was certainly interested that Captain Sully was so scrutinized for his actions that day, but the outline of the story seemed wrong. I'm sure the creative team felt like they'd be giving away the movie if they started with the plane going down, but I think it hurt them. Ironically, we ended up watching the plane going down twice thanks to how the story played out. Tom Hanks is great, but his character is pretty flat and almost annoyingly consistent. Aaron Eckhart played a wonderful supporting cast. He was the most believable character, especially when Clint Eastwood tried to connect you to the "extras" on the plane by providing meaningless backstory/conversation. I was amazed by rescue scene - it was beautiful and very realistic. By the time we got to the rescue scene (halfway through the movie) I was disappointed that it took so long, and/or that everything beforehand didn't seem helpful/authentic. Total rental. You'll feel good about humanity, but I would recommend Deepwater Horizon over this.   

Acting
Tom Hanks is just a solid cast regardless. Aaron Eckhart makes him even better. The extras suck; mostly because we never connect.
Morality
I mean a guy saving 155 people is pretty tough to beat on morality. No mention of God, which is interesting.
Music
Seriously some of the cheesiest music I have ever heard. Absolutely overdone and old. It misses the mark almost every time. Weird for me to care so much about it, but yikes.
Story
The story itself - pilot safely landing plane in water and everyone lives - is amazing. But the fluff they added didn't help.
Visuals
CGI misses the mark at points, but the rescue scene is literally amazing!
Kernel Factor
I think rearranging the sequences of this movie would have tremendously helped. The jumping back and forth in time and reality was pointless to me.

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