15 January 2009. Disbelieving eyes look skyward from apartments and offices in horror as US Airways flight 1549 careens dangerously close to Manhattan rooftops before pitching into the Hudson River. The key to Sully‘s edge-of-your-seat success – and successful it is – is veteran director Clint Eastwood’s ability to render the well-documented event and astonishing outcome as tense and immediate. He does so masterfully, no least by opening the film with nightmarish images of an aircraft hurtling into buildings, creating a fireball reminiscent of fateful footage from a little over seven years previously, etched in the collective US memory.
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