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  • babypook
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    Well, I suppose Clint is Clint. Despite American Sniper, I hope this film is another of his great ones.
    If it weren’t for M$B and Changeling, I’d say lady protagonists in his films generally takes a back seat.

    Fingers crossed for Oscar nominations…for Hanks and Eastwood.

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    Tan
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    I’ve watched the trailer many times… and damn, Clint is for sure going to impress us (or at least, me). I have faith in him, Sully will be great. He always does great movies (my opinion-). Tom Hanks will maybe be nominated for his lead role, which seems also great. Hope they will both get nominations, maybe a selection in a festival !

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    FilmGuy619
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    Clint Eastwood is very hit-or-miss for me as a director. So I’m not exactly over the moon about it. Even if the reviews aren’t unanimously positive, the Academy might like it a tad better than the critics do.

    One thing about the trailer that flustered me, though, is seeing Laura Linney in another one of those “worrisome wife” roles. Come on, we’ve had senior actresses like Blythe Danner, Lily Tomlin, and Sally Field get their own starring vehicles. Middle-aged actresses like Linney should get their own.

    Dear Hollywood, older women can play more than just the wife or the mother, you know!

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    BenitoDelicias
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    This trailer didn’t do anything to convince me that this movie is unnecessary. At this point I’ll watch it out of curiousity to see 1. How is this not another version of Flight, and 2. How are they going to fill up at least an hour and a half of time when this story doesn’t really seem to be that huge, that long, that extraordinary. Once the whole plane sequence ends, the excitement might be gone too. Again, it looks exactly like Flight, cool plane sequence, and then the typical aftermath scenes with the investigation, the trauma, the press and so on…Flight, Flight, Flight, Flight…Good thing Clint’s films are rarely long ones…

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    babypook
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    If it weren’t for M$B and Changeling, I’d say lady protagonists in his films generally takes a back seat.

    Don’t forget the terrifying Jessica Walter in Play Misty for Me Or Oscar nominated Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County.

    Of course I suspect all of us would like to forget the Sondra Locke films.

    True. But then, Jessica is one bat-shit crazy isn’t she. Meryl is soooo sublime in Bridges. I think I was rooting for her that year.
    I suppose not all of his lady protagonists are victims, or insane….

    Lol.
    Ps: I like Sondra Locke. I’ve noticed that his ‘partners’ all have the same kind of “look” btw….

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    Clint Eastwood is responsible for directing a handful of my all-time favorite pictures. I consider Unforgiven one of the finest westerns, not just in recent years but of all-time, rivaling even the greatest John Ford films. Million Dollar Baby is also a plenty powerful picture, as is Eastwood’s fun and scary directorial debut, Play Misty for Me. Then you have The Bridges of Madison County, my favorite film of 1995, with my all-time favorite Meryl Streep performance – it’s a truly exquisite, heartbreaking picture, directed with a beautifully gentle touch.

    At the same time, Eastwood has delivered his fair share of duds too, from the clumsy and inert Bronco Billy and The Rookie, to overbaked Oscar bait like Changeling, Hereafter and J. Edgar.

    Sully, Eastwood’s latest effort – and let it be known first that I still consider the filmmaker a total badass, regardless of my coming comments – falls somewhere in the middle of not only the director’s filmography but also leading man Tom Hanks’. It’s a workmanlike, not terribly remarkable picture that, no pun intended, never quite takes off.

    While Eastwood’s film is not extraordinary, the events of January 15, 2009 most certainly were – that of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s successful emergency landing in the Hudson River after a pesky flock of geese flew into and destroyed both engines on U.S. Airways Flight 1549. All 155 passengers and crew, including First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart, doing his best work since Rabbit Hole), survived the ordeal and Sully was quickly thrust into the national spotlight as a beloved hero.

    Despite this showering of praise, Sullenberger was challenged in the days following the event by the National Transportation Safety Board, whose members floated the possibility that Sullenberger may in fact have had sufficient power to land the plane at an airport. Much of the picture focuses on the pilot’s efforts to prove otherwise, all the while trying to cope with this overwhelming overnight fame.

    It’s easy to see why Eastwood was attracted to this awe-inspiring story – and why not cast the indomitable Hanks as Sullenberger – but the film never packs a real punch. The event itself is well-choreographed and convincing but the picture is edited in a way that somewhat undercuts much of the tension – just as you’re about to get on the edge of your seat, Eastwood cuts away from the action, and beyond the event and the film’s finale (involving different simulations of the landing), the proceedings here often border on the lethargic. Flashback scenes touching on Sullenberger’s pilot training seem to be out of an entirely different picture altogether.

    Hanks is so understated as Sullenberger that he nearly fades into the background. It’s commendable work but hardly among his finest. Eckhart breathes more life into the film and has better dialogue to boot (the writing here tends to recall a middle-of-the-road TV movie). But it’s just sad to see heavyweights like Laura Linney (as Sullenberger’s wife) and Anna Gunn (as one of the NTSB staffers) saddled with such thankless material.

    Moviegoers love their Eastwood and Hanks, so this’ll probably rake in upwards of $100M, but Sully is nowhere near the most interesting work either man has done.

    C+

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    Yeah I was very disappointed in this one. Just never was thrilling, tense, or captivating and none of the performances were really stand outs. Hanks is very subtle here, more than usual which was interesting to watch but I wouldn’t be a fan of this getting him another Oscar nom.

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    I enjoyed it despite itself. The female roles were indeed nonexistent (poor Laura Linney did about the equivalent of that recent “Inside Amy Schumer” sketch of hers about Best Phone Actressing, in “Canadian Sniper” no less lol). Some of the content felt stretched, but when we’re talking about a four-minute act of heroics as the center subject, even a lean 90-ish minutes can feel like filler. Maybe the better route to take would have been a live action short, but it likely wouldn’t have included one of Tom Hanks’s most stirring late-career roles to date. You can’t take your eyes off of him. That’s the kind of gravitas this man (and character) possess. I’d include him in the Best Actor lineup, especially when this film has the legs I think it’ll have at the box office. But “Bridge of Spies” and “Captain Phillips”? Yeah, I know. Oscar-watching is a precarious game, after all. Aaron Eckhart was strong here as well. Not quite enough to break in Best Supporting Actor unless the roster weakens. As for Clint, I don’t know. I’m as mixed on him as I am just about any current director working today. For the “masterpieces” he’s supposedly made, I can count just as many clunkers. Let’s not get started on his cringe-inducing public rhetoric. I do know that I was riveted from start to finish, and those plane sequences? Holy shit. I never want to fly again. I’d wholly recommend this as essential fall viewing, unless you’re just dying to see “Don’t Breathe” or “The Disappointments Room.”

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    JackO
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    Sully is pretty decent. A great restrained performance by Hanks. The movie is a decent post 9/11 allegory. A bit too little conflict. A bit too fine. A bit too bland. But those faults actually make it perfect Academy movie. Weak Best Actor race puts Hanks in good shape.

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    Gitesh Pandya ‏@GiteshPandya 17m17 minutes ago

    Today, #Sully becomes the 19th #TomHanks film to break $100M at domestic #BoxOffice. 1st one was Big in 1988.

    6th for Clint Eastwood.

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    babypook
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    This year, no snub for Tom. He’s IN. Yes it’s early, but the variables that could sink him don’t appear on the horizon. And I cant imagine a press-campaign against Mr Hollywood Goodguy. And the film itself, delivers (what’s it’s supposed to).

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    Simple and easy. Nothing too grand or bold. Tom Hanks was fine. A weak year for Best Actor may be the key to him stealing a nomination.

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    SULLY – LFF Surprise Film

    The film is solid. Go for Hanks, stay for Hanks.

    The plane scenes are the best aspects of the film – though the repetitiveness of these scenes does ware a tad thin towards the end.

    The rest of the cast are decent – nothing special by any stretch. Interesting to see Linney continue the tradition of ‘wife-on-phone’ roles for most actresses in a ‘guy film’ over 40 at the moment. *sigh*

    It’s not winning any Oscars, and I doubt it will be nominated for all too many. But it is a decent watch if you want to pass the time.

    Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)

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    This was as slow as Anti reaching gold. Boring too. Almost hated this worse than American Sniper. Tom Hanks is okay but this isn’t Oscar worthy by any means.

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