Sully USA 2016 – 96min.
January 15, 2009. A few minutes after taking off from La Guardia airport in New York, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger loses control of his plane. A perilous and dangerous situation, which he solves by making a crazy decision: to land on the icy waters of the Hudson River, saving the 155 passengers on board. The media make him a hero, but an inquiry is opened as to whether Sully's incredible decision was necessary.
At 90 perfectly orchestrated minutes, Sully is a surprisingly simple and clear movie, considering it was made by Clint Eastwood. Usually associated with large-scale, romantic, Hollywood cinema spread out over several hours, Eastwood seems to have returned to a more human dimension. There are, of course, spectacular scenes surrounding the crash, some terrifying images and a typically Hollywood approach to its lead character, the famous pilot, but Sully is nonetheless amazingly straightforward, from its first moments to its last disconcerting dialogue. In short: a quiet example of a traditional American filmmaker in the service of a history less remote than it seems – given the specter of 9/11.