Tony’s Movie Review: ‘Sully’

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 9, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Two films are hitting theaters this weekend as Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks in “Sully” and Morris Chestnut stars in “When the Bough Breaks.”

“When the Bough Breaks” is predicted to draw about $16.0 million domestically. But experts are saying the film could hit the $20 million mark.

The comedy, according to Box Office Mojo, is in line with other Screen Gems titles targeting the same audience. Those include “The Perfect Guy,” which opened with $25.8 million from 2,221 theaters over the same weekend last September and “No Good Deed,” which debuted one year earlier with $24.2 million from 2,175 theaters.

“Sully” is predicted to be the big winner over the weekend, taking in an estimated $31 million. The film already has terrific buzz and is scoring around 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

This week’s estimated box office tallies:

Sully – $31.0 million
When the Bough Breaks – $16.0 million
Don’t Breathe – $8.0 million
Suicide Squad – $5.1 million
The Wild Life – $4.6 million
Kubo and the Two Strings – $4.1 million
Pete’s Dragon – $3.4 million
Hell or High Water – $3.3 million
Bad Moms – $2.9 million
The Light Between Oceans – $2.9 million

The Review:

Starring: Tom Hanks
Rated PG-13

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed “Sully,” glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” is a wonderfully paced and deeply satisfying biopic, with a heartfelt performance by Tom Hanks in the title role. What stands out is Hank’s ability to compress everything into a look or glance. This is an internalized character who, while facing disaster, simply does his job and relies on his 40 years of experience.

Clint Eastwood’s direction is virtually spotless. Eastwood’s vision of what makes this hero tick is engrossing and rewarding. The film does lose some forward momentum with Sully’s wife, played by Laura Linney, who is constantly on the phone. Her character, it seems, is there only to move the plot along so the audience knows what’s happening with the investigation Sully is facing. But I understand the need for that plot device, even though it comes off clumsy.

All in all, “Sully” is a must-see film. It gets an A and is rated PG-13.



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