‘Sully’ puts you in the cockpit for a harrowing ride through modern history

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Tom Hanks is once again soaring at the box office in the based-on-a-true-story tale of the miracle on the Hudson.

Morgan Dean explains what makes “Sully” worth seeing.

Sully recreates the miracle on the Hudson more than seven years after it happened.

The incident occurred when a flock of birds effectively downed a US Airways flight seconds after takeoff. Chesley Sully Sullenberger was at the controls and made the split-second decision to put it down into the river instead of returning to Laguardia. Aaron Elkhart plays his copilot.

Sully’s piloting skills made him a hero among the public but led to lots of scrutiny behind the scenes with the National Transportation Safety Board, led by Mike O’Malley.

Strap in. Sully puts you in the cockpit for a harrowing ride through a unique moment in modern history.

Director Clint Eastwood’s recreation of the water landing is incredibly detailed and authentic. The sights and sounds are dead on.

Tom Hanks solidifies his position as the journeyman/Everyman actor of this generation. He slips into the role of Sully as easily as I might slip into a necktie.

The investigation feels a bit rushed and condensed and seems to wrap up very close to the actual incident. It feels a bit artificial, but I’m willing to forgive Eastwood since he has turned in a film that runs just over 90 minutes and never wastes a moment of the audience’s time.

Sully soars high, and as a result, it earns an A minus.

At the box office for 8news, I’m Morgan Dean.

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