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Thursday, September 8, 2016


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 Brilliance in Hollywood that sets the industry standard for excellence has a name.
Clint Eastwood.
 Previously on Whom You Know, his work has been applauded in 
Jersey Boys:
and the highest-grossing film of 2014, American Sniper:
Unfortunately we were not critics when his other work was released, but we also really love Gran Torino.  It's an honor to review his work; thank you Warner Brothers Pictures.
Here, Eastwood has chosen to show the world the part of the Sully story you do not know yet.
"Anybody who keeps their wits about them when things are going wrong, who can negotiate the problems without panicking, is someone of superior character and interesting to watch on film.  But for me, the real conflict came after, with the investigative board questioning his decisions even though he'd saved so many lives," says Clint Eastwood.
Did you know that at age 21 in the Army, Eastwood himself was a passenger on a Navy plane on the US West Coast that went down?  
"It was stormy and we went down off of Point Reyes, California, in the Pacific, and I found myself in the water, swimming a few miles to shore, thinking, 'Well, 21's not as long as a person wants to live.'"
"I'm not an aviator," says Tom Hanks, who plays Sully, "but I know you're not supposed to be able to make a landing like that.  This was a very pragmatic man who understood the realities of what he'd done and what it meant.  He will never say he's a hero, but knowing with confidence that he could make that landing?  That was a heroic thing he did.  And he paid a price for it."
 The philosophy of this movie is celebrating the best of humanity (after you get through the red tape) because of the smart choices Captain Sully made personally.  Reality is the best fantasy of all and we love that this is based on Sully's great performance on January 15, 2009 when he saved 155 lives with his team in the Miracle on the Hudson.
 The acting was phenomenal all around.  How often have you seen us write that?  Tom Hanks is another standard-setter of course and Aaron Eckhart, though he plays a lesser role is equally striking, nailing all scenes and lines: particularly at the movie close.  
Adding the essential human factor, the chemistry between Hanks and Eckhart could not have been better.  Everything behind the scenes like the score, props and costumes are exactly as they should have been to tell the story of three and a half minutes accurately and flawlessly.  There is no weak link anywhere in this movie, and a delay is most certainly better than a disaster.
 What you might not know before watching the movie are the horrific legal implications with the regulatory agencies and insurers.  When one lacks altitude, it is not always possible to make it back to an airport with zero engines.  
The regulators accurately portrayed in this movie really do not know enough about the immediate situation since they were not there and don't have enough industry knowledge.  Also, 17 practice runs is definitely not the same thing, silly.
The stress they add is tangible and jumps out of the screen; there are quite grave moments of the movie, which is part of the story.  You will find their criticism shocking; his life was not all Letterman shows after the miracle.  
 As the investigation becomes more in-depth and heated, Sully experiences what many successful people do: over-analyzation and self-doubt, constantly rethinking a fraction of his career that he is now being judged on entirely.
 The nightmare dream sequences are absolutely stunning, and if you were also someone that was here in Manhattan on 9/11/01 hearing either plane go in and seeing the towers fall firsthand, you might have these too yourself.  Clint Eastwood really knows how to get in the mind of his characters and paint a true picture.
 Many fateful moments are portrayed so well; though we often like to see movies for pure entertainment, the serious nature of this dramatic film will infiltrate your soul for the hour and forty minutes, particularly if you are familiar with the Hudson River.
 The casting was spot-on and right down to the stewardesses, everyone was amazingly convincing.  Laura Linney plays a perfect Mrs. Sully and you all should know her from her work with Masterpiece!
 The intense phone conversations and the solitary confinement of an unfamiliar hotel room only adds to the fact that Sully must not have been able to think about anything else.
 In the end, though this is indeed a miracle on the Hudson we are glad the cause was birds, and not terrorists particularly on this anniversary weekend.  
We have met Rita Wilson a couple of times at New York events and she is a genuinely nice person; we bet she is not missing the mustache now....!
We were also glad to see New York Waterway star in Sully; we were on one of those boats for a weekend during America's Cup in New York in May.  Though some of the plane passengers were total characters, the evacuation scene was fascinating; cool under pressure was freezing.   Literally.  You know this happened in January!  And incidentally, we saw this movie last night only a few blocks from where the actual incident took place.
Eastwood has gone ahead and made our day and put someone we know in Sully!
"Delivering my lines in front of Clint Eastwood was more nerve-racking than getting through my first live shot as a rookie reporter," Mover and Shaker Kristine Johnson tells Peachy Deegan. Kristine plays herself as a television journalist; of course we like movies better when we know someone in them just like everything else we do, hence Whom You Know.  Watch for her:
Our aviation expert in Pilot Peachy (not Peachy and not related to Peachy) shares his expert opinion with our readers:
"I was an FAA Air Traffic Controller for 26 years, 7 as a supervisor. I am also a FAA Certified Flight Instructor and have been a pilot for over 50 years and have about 3,000 hours of flight experience.
The NTSB is a separate entity from the FAA and are often at odds with each other.
I read an article tonight about how the NTSB investigators were shown as being the 'bad guys' during the investigation, but they were never consulted on the movie. The lead investigator said that they were relatively easy on Sully as he was considered a hero to the world and concluded that he did very little that might be considered as wrong under the circumstances.
If you go to FlightAware - Flight Tracker / Flight Status / Flight Tracking and scroll down to the bottom, the article may still be there.
As a pilot, flight instructor and former controller, I think that Sully deserved all the praise that has been bestowed upon him and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles. To react as they did in a very short time period, demonstrated that all of the training flight crews go through on a continuing basis is the reason all aboard the aircraft survived.
I have seen the aircraft in a museum on the Charlotte airport. There is very little damage to the exterior of the aircraft, except the lower, rear fuselage. Of course, the water damage inside makes it not fit to be open to the public."

And what does Sully himself think?
"We invited Sully's participation whenever he was available," Eastwood states.  "He kindly arranged for the simulators and pilots to show Tom and Aaron exactly how it would work.  They got the cram course, but they went to town."
"Beside the fact that they were making a movie, directed by such a gifted storyteller as Clint Eastwood, to then have Tom Hanks playing's a dream team,"says Sullenberger.  "I know Tom is someone who can transform himself, but the first time I saw a long-range shot of him in costume, with his hair colored?  Wow.  It was amazing."

Although you already knew this from the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team, we absolutely believe in miracles and we believe in the huge success of this movie, your first priority this weekend.

Sully is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

From Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”) comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “Sully,” starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Bridge of Spies,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorrie Sullenberger. 
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The project is being produced by Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart and Tim Moore, with Kipp Nelson and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

The film reunites Eastwood with several of his longtime collaborators, who most recently worked with the director on the worldwide hit “American Sniper”: director of photography Tom Stern and production designer James J. Murakami, who were both Oscar-nominated for their work on “The Changeling”; costume designer Deborah Hopper; and editor Blu Murray. The music is by Christian Jacob and The Tierney Sutton Band.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Flashlight Films production, a Kennedy/Marshall Company production, a Malpaso production, “Sully.” The film, which opens on September 9, 2016, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

This film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some peril and brief strong language.

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