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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sully (2016)

The Oscars are behind us, but the movies that were nominated just keep on coming.I was unable to watch everything ahead of time, of course.  Given that I had only seen one when they were announced, I did pretty well in the end.  This was nominated in the category of sound editing.
The movie certainly nails its white-knuckled depiction of 2009’s Miracle on the Hudson, the emergency water landing made by US Airways Flight 1549 that allowed all 155 of its passengers and crew to come out alive.  Really miraculous and the movie captures Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the plain-spoken, cool-headed veteran pilot who pulled off the impossible under immense pressure.  These sequences are likely to be primarily responsible for its nomination.
The focus of the movie was on how after pulling off this crash landing the pilots were accused of making a mistake about landing on the Hudson.  The insurance company was unhappy about the loss of the plane, and so while the public was relieved, the pilots were being sweated.  It all works out, and gives a good sense of how much finger pointing there is when a plane goes down.

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