Sully opened in theaters on Friday, September 9. The biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger is worth seeing. Even though everyone knows the outcome, it is quite interesting to see how the event took place.

It was on January 15, 2009, when a flock of geese flew into both engines of US Airways Flight 1529 causing them to become disabled.  When you see the movie, you will find out some information that was never released to the public.

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For instance, after the miracle on the Hudson took place, Sullenberger was cross-examined about his quick decision to land the airplane in the Hudson River.

About the movie

The movie is based on a real event. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is not in the film, but he worked closely with the producers and director to make sure the story was told as he remembered it. The film shows the details of the event about US Airways Flight 1549 leaving LaGuardia Airport.

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Only about three minutes into the flight, a flock of geese disabled both engines.  

The plane had no engine power, and there was no airport close by. With no engine power and no airport to land, the captain had to make a quick decision to save the plane and his passengers.  On that cold winter day, he landed the airplane in the Hudson River, something that had never been done before.

It was a miracle on the Hudson because all 155 passengers and crew on board were saved.

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One would think that was the end of a very good story, but it wasn't. Sully was called a hero but many, but not by everyone. Sully's job and reputation were put to the test by reporters and investigators.

Reactions to the movie

Sully has received positive reviews from critics. Much talk has been about Tom Hanks' performance and Clint Eastwood's directing skills.  In fact, the Chicago Sun-Times focused more on the Actor Tom Hanks than on the movie itself.

The remark was that Hanks is so good as Sully that he could have played his part in a one-man show.

MTV had the same opinion about Hanks. The 60-year old actor does bring a lot to the movie, and it was smart to cast him as Sullenberger. Clint Eastwood, 86, is commended for taking just one event and making it into a 96-minute movie. Other critics say Clint Eastwood’s Sully is not a perfect film, but it comes close to being a great one.

In the United States and Canada, Sully was released in 3,525 theaters.

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About 375 theaters were in IMAX. The film is projected to make between $25 million and $31 million in its opening weekend.

Do you plan to see Sully? If so, you will not be disappointed. 

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