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Sully Review (2016) | An Incredible Biopic of Sully’s Miracle on Hudson

Sully took my breath away. I was rendered speechless by Chesley Sullenberger’s humanly impossible act, unbeatable acumen, extraordinary decision making and his unrivalled acuity that saw him through. How humbly does he put it?

“I was just doing my job.”

The gargantuan magnitude of the paranoia that engulfed him in those split seconds of life and death, the way he came out of it, a victor, it is something that you can never forget. A feat that is so rare in our mundane that you can’t help but call him a real life superhero.

image of original Chesley Sully Sullenberger

What Chesley Sullenberger accomplished on January 15th 2009 was simply incomprehensible. One could only shudder at the thought of having lived the horror firsthand, that too from the nose of death itself. One wrong move and you are talking head-on with it. Sully managed to land the plane to save every single soul onboard. All 155 of them! That just leaves your jaw wide open.

PLOT OF SULLY (SPOILERS AHEAD)

Clint Eastwood’s biopic does in every way justice to Sully’s magnanimous nature. Caught between a trillion could-haves and aftermath-thoughts, Sully hasn’t even yet recovered from the shocker that shook him up good, that we have dour faces knocking at his door. The unfeeling NTSB board begins pressing up hard trying to prove his human error. Their unvarying attempt is to disprove the choice Sully made when he decided to land US Airways Flight 1549 on Hudson River.

The movie rides to and fro showing us different timelines through Sully’s recalling. What it also does is try to depict us the real incident from different vantages. The fact that it is exhilarating to watch every single time even though from different pedestals, makes you marvel at Sully’s heroism even more.

TOM HANKS AS CHESLEY SULLENBERGER

If there was an actor who could have done Chesley Sulley Sullenberger justice, it was none other than Tom Hanks himself. The constant apprehension in his eyes as he tries to put meaning into things is havocing.

still of a worried Tom Hanks as Sully from Sully movie

There is this moment where he is worried about the numbers, the count, whether everybody made it safe, and is asked:

“Are you okay?”

To that he replies:

“I will answer that once I know everybody is safe.”

That flicker of doubt or that tumult of incredulity when he gets to know he has saved all 155 souls aboard on the plane, is literally going to melt you. He stays in a perfect aura of agitation as he talks to her wife to tell her he is fine.

There is this expressive impassioned face that he puts on as the world showers him in a tub of adulation, but he is polite enough to refuse. There are so many times that he apologizes at odd hours that you can’t overlook how civil and deferential amidst all of it.

Sully’s final lines will tell you how modest he stays in reality, not taking the credit of having pulled off the landing. He shares his accolade with the people who were on board and those who rushed to rescue when he hit the waters.

CLINT EASTWOOD’S DIRECTION

Even though chopping off frames to time-travel us toward memories from the past was a tad baffling, it worked nevertheless. If it weren’t for the music that rang up Sully’s head, it would have been hard to guess for some which timeline one was in.

Clint Eastwood nevertheless remains one of the most thoughtful directors of our time. The way he glides alongside the plane to show minuscule details about the sojourn that went kaput is worth commendable. He makes even conversations riveting.

still of Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger from Sully movie

Todd Komarnicki’s screenplay ices it up with witty one liners, most of them escaping the mouth of Jeff Skiles played by Aaron Eckhart. Talks with Laura Linney are directed to make you feel good. She does a fine Lorraine Sullenberger.

BEST MOMENTS

The most satisfying moment in the movie is when Sully proves NTSB wrong. All that colossal turmoil in Sully’s eyes vanishes in a jiffy. For the first time you see those clouds of doubt disappear for good. He takes a short break just to talk to Skiles to tell him how proud he feels; how relieved he was of his decision to land 1549 on Hudson.

If we focus on other crucial movie moments, there are many actually. The movie shows how when people are hit by a conundrum they react differently. One of those survivors thought he could swim all the way in the freezing cold towards the land. Whilst there was one lady who thought it was a gas leakage, and that the Jet might explode, and so she jumps into the water panicking.

THE FINAL VERDICT

It goes without saying that those lives he saved will stay indebted to him forever. Whilst there are people who are decimating lives, we have this silent modest hero at one end, who is concerned about saving them all. You can’t applaud Chesley Sullenberger enough.

Stories need to be told. I am glad I got to know about Sully through such a beautiful movie.

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American Sniper Review (2014) | A rad biopic on Chris Kyle’s life

American Sniper is an engaging glimpse into the head of an iconic soldier Chris Kyle , a Navy Seal veteran and a badass sniper. The biopic juggles between his love life, his sniping badassery, his fame and the mental state aftermath war that had him vexed for a while. American Sniper goes on to show how war gradually takes its toll on soldiers. It manifests through the yearning eyes of Kyle how he would always prefer an explosive battlefield to a quiet time home.

Prologue Jitters (Spoilers Ahead)

As soon as the screen goes dark and the movie begins, we are subjected to an enthralling booming bass that echoes power and might, depicting annexing right. All thanks to the boom operators of the flick. A tank shows up, an apt manifestation of annihilation like a devastating predator crushing rocks. It walks alongside soldiers on a mission. Not far away a sniper rests in a prone position on a roof alongside another soldier searching his target with rapt attention, cracking jokes.

Entry a lady hiding a grenade earnestly waiting for the convoy to arrive. She is accompanied by her son to whom she slips the grenade. The child rushes towards the American convoy, fully fledged, unaware of the cross-hair and bang! The deafening noise takes us to the past to the hunting grounds where a father is busy teaching his son to shoot.

Still of Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper Movie

Such brilliant direction! The prologue is so beautifully shot that you almost know that you are in for a treat. The story captures every aspect of the ‘Legend’ with whom American soldiers felt invincible. The flick features all his four major tours. There is a beautiful melodramatic side story showing his wife wanting his husband home. What it also beautifully captures is the aftermath of war-turmoil in a soldier’s head.

Amazing Moments from American Sniper

One of the most exhilarating scenes from the flick is when Kyle takes off his belt to smack his dog without realizing it. Also, when he takes his longest shot that ranged around 1920m and executes it to perfection. It’s the one that places him at the 8th spot on the global meter of champs.

“I want you to be human again.”

There are many other gorgeous subtle bits in the movie. Like, slaying a woman and a child wasn’t how Kyle imagined his first kills to be like. Apt coverage is given to that to make you feel his sorrow. Some beautiful dramatic pieces like Kyle shouting at the nurse to tend to his baby, asking his wife to move on if he doesn’t return, his post-traumatic disorder, perspectives of people he met on war, Kyle’s recovery and the final goodbye lap it up further bringing quality to this great biography.

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Downsides

A lot of hoopla surrounds the American Sniper movie owing to the delicate topic it touches viz. Iraq War. As a result, weird rumors and a lot of plot holes quickly showed up for this one. Some of the facts have been altered for movie viewing.

But if we overlook everything that raises brows and focus merely on how good the biopic really is, and experience the emotional quotient of the drama entailed, we would see how marvelous American Sniper movie really is.

A definite watch for everybody.

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