Tom Hanks in a scene from "Sully."
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Chesley Sullenberger's 2009 landing of Flight 1549 on the Hudson, Eastwood has drained away all the superficial, rah-rah heroism of Sullenberger's great feat.Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) is not celebrated here with a parade of a movie. Eastwood lingers in its aftermath, as Sully remains holed in dread Manhattan.White-haired and subdued, Hanks finds Sullenberger's essence not in the miraculous but in the mundane: a man just doing his job, not unlike his "Captain Phillips". Filmed on IMAX, his big, clear images nevertheless remain somber – as does the quiet score Eastwood penned – in the big, awaited moment.Instead, "Sully" remains, stubbornly, a refraction of Sullenberger's interior, as filtered through Eastwood's elegiac lens.You can imagine Eastwood too, up there on the stand responding to what computers say he should have done differently.
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