#30 Sully Movie Review NOB

#30 Sully Movie Review NOB


The new film, “Sully,” is many things. A wonderful story, for one, but also a term used to identify or describe a person who has gone beyond the impossible to save your ass, or the ass of others. According to the Urban Dictionary, a “Sully” is at minimum a situation so bad that a complete hat trick was never in the cards, and with an outcome or accomplishment so improbable, that it just never happens.  

Pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s wild ride started when he landed a US Airways jet plop-solid perfect onto the icy surface of the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009 saving all 155 passengers on board. Fame has followed ever since, and Sullenberger’s nickname, “Sully,” is now this one-word phrase for coolness in a crisis.

He’s a hero to a nation in need of a hero, and taxi cab drivers, hotel managers, and bar keeps all recognize him in their midst and heap praise on him.

And, just as the nation needs a hero, the real heroes in the film, and in real life are the honest, hard working Americans everywhere: the police, fire, safety, rescue and first responders, but importantly the flight crew themselves. 

In the film, “Sully,” out this week, seven and a half years after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a damaged US Airways jet in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from La Guardia Airport, this “Miracle on the Hudson” is retold through Captain Sullenberger’s honest, responsible, humble eyes. 

I loved this movie, and think you will, too.  Enjoy.

Written by Paul Vogelzang

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