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[DVD REVIEW] SULLY

Title: Sully

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Todd Komarnicki

Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Release Date: In cinemas 8th September 2016

Review by: Dave Griffiths

We all know the story of Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, right? The hero pilot who on January 15th, 2009 successfully landed his stricken jetliner onto New York’s Hudson River. At the time the public were given a great insight into what occurred due to the fact that Sully became an overnight celebrity, we heard the stories on Letterman and every news network imaginable. It turns out though that we knew very little of what was going on because there was a lot more happening behind closed doors, and it is these events that legendary director Clint Eastwood chooses to focus the story on in his new film Sully.

Sully sees Eastwood go behind the spotlight and shows what Sully (Tom HanksForrest Gump) and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron EckhartThe Dark Knight) had to endure in the days after the landing. It shows the men struggling emotionally after the traumatic experience they have been through, how it affected family members such as Sully’s wife Lorraine (Laura LinneyMystic River), having to deal with the media spotlight suddenly thrust upon them and being the centre of a rather frank investigation put together by the airline, headed by people such as Elizabeth Davies (Anna GunnEnemy Of The State, Breaking Bad) that seemed, for financial reasons, to try and find Sully and Skiles acted irrationally.

As a film Sully really does remind us just what a great filmmaker Clint Eastwood is. Many lesser directors would have made this film a full-on air disaster action flick Eastwood shakes it up and makes this largely a character driven film despite the brilliantly shot scenes of the plane landing on the Hudson. That aside though, Eastwood makes this a terrific character drama that centres around a man who, despite his heroic actions, finds himself under attack. The result is a touching film that despite some lengthy ‘courtroom’ scenes holds suspense throughout.

As always, Eastwood also gets the best out of his cast. Tom Hanks is brilliant in the lead role and this grouped together with Captain Phillips is one of Hanks best roles. With all the award attention likely to focus on Hanks though it should be pointed out that he is well supported by Eckhart who matches him in every scene… and manages to sport what must be considered one of the best moustaches of the year.

Sully really is one of the movies of the year. From an opening sequence that is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of the seat, to a gripping inquiry that leaves the film’s hero at the whim of bureaucracy, this is the kind of the film that you want to start telling your friends about the moment you leave the cinema.

4 stars

Dave Griffiths
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Dave Griffiths has worked as a journalist for over twenty years now -covering topics including film, television, music, travel and sport (with a main focus on AFL Football).

That time has seen him host the popular X-Wired television program for seven seasons as well as write for various magazines such as Buzz Magazine, Heavy Mag, Stage Whispers, The Banner and Eternity..

He has even branched out into writing online for Subculture Entertainment, Media Search and The Book The Film The T-Shirt. He also worked as the online editor for Entertainment 360 for three years.

Dave's radio work has seen him work on various radio stations including 3RPP, Triple R and Light FM. He is currently the resident film reviewer on Sydney's 2UE radio station and can be heard reviewing what is new at cinemas and on DVD each week on Thursdays at 3pm with Ed Phillips. He is also the co-host of Melbourne's 94.1FM's breakfast show 'The Motley Crew' and he can sometimes be heard on J-Air's 'First On Film'. David is also the co-host of two popular podcasts - ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show,' and 'The Popcorn Conspiracy'

As far as Film Reviewing goes David is an elected committee member of AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association and a member of IPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics)/FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).

He has also served as a jury member for a number of international film festivals and is considered an expert on cult cinema, horror movies and Australian films.
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