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46 Entertainment Te Herald reviews: Sully


addition to letting us experience the trauma that they faced. Despite knowing the miraculous


outcome, the film sets to grab everyone’s attention and re-live those moments with the rest of the world. With regards to production, the


THE WORLD has seen many monumental events reported over the years and 2009 was no different as it witnessed a remarkable plane landing. Fast forward seven years and


director Clint Eastwood has made the brave decision to replicate onto screen the Hudson plane crash. By partnering with Warner Brothers Pictures, the film succeeds in being the eyes and ears of the entire incident. The film transports us to January


15, 2009, where pilots Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) board the US Airways Flight 1549 from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. A few minutes into the flight at an


approximate altitude of 2,800 feet, the Airbus A320 strikes a flock of birds and disables both engines. Without engine power and the unlikelihood of landing at any nearby airport, Sully decides that the safest option is to land the plane in the Hudson River. As the whole world remembers


watching it over the news at the time, all crew and passengers were safely evacuated without any casualties. After this, the press and public thought of Sullenburger as a hero, despite him experiencing PTSD. Sully then learns that preliminary


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data from ACARS shows that the port engine was still running at idle power when the plane was in the air, which would have left them with enough power to return to a nearby airport. After the National Transportation


Safety Board suggest that the plane could have landed safely at either airport with no engines, Sully stressed that he lost both engines in addition to having no sufficient time, speed, or altitude to land safely. With an investigation into what


exactly happened that day on the plane, both Sully and Skiles can do nothing but await news that either save or ruin their reputations. What makes this film so honest is


that it takes us through every stage of what exactly happened by intertwining three storylines. The non-linear storylines include the hours leading up to the plane landing, the aftermath of the landing and Sully’s flashbacks from his early days as a pilot. Watching these parts unfold


before our eyes allow us to connect with Sully in addition to connecting with the passengers. Scriptwriter Todd Komarnicks creates a storyline for a handful of passengers who are linked through the event and, by doing this, he adds emotion to the story in


film can do no wrong. The solemn music, the terrifying sounds of screams, the gripping camera shots throughout and the visceral/clinical colour coding create a vicarious atmosphere for the audience without any need to be there. In that respect, the film was


carefully dealt with in replicating a real life event for the screen and is seen to be done with absolute professionalism and sensitivity. Following on from that, if you


are willing to find any faults in the quality of acting in ‘Sully’, you will not be successful. To start with, Tom Hanks proves to be correctly cast and not only does he represent Sully in the most believable way possible, but he also shows respect in the role throughout the performance. Aaron Eckhart also plays Jeff


Skiles very well indeed. With his light-hearted humour and constant impeccable timing, he once again demonstrates that he can be just as powerful when playing a supporting role in a film. Other stars, including Laura


Linney (Lorraine Sullenberger), Mike O’Malley (Charles Porter), Valerie Mahaffrey (Diane Higgins) and many others, all contribute terrific emotion and realism that capture the seriousness of the story. ‘Sully’ is definitely a film worth


seeing for anyone intrigued by what happened on that day or intrigued by how Eastwood translates the course of events onto the big screen. In all honesty, this film ticks the boxes in every way and comes highly recommended on my list of must-sees!


Little Men at Teatr Mwldan IRA SACHS’ ‘Little Men’ comes


to Theatr Mwldan this weekend when the theatre’s film society screens it at 6pm on Sunday (Jan 15).


Jake (Theo Taplitz), a quiet,


sensitive middle schooler, dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at


risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s parents, Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious. Little Men is directed by Ira Sachs,


who also co-wrote the screenplay ‘Love is Strange’ with Mauricio Zacharis.


Broaden your horizons with


‘Little Men’: Coming to Cardigan this weekend


annual membership of Theatr Mwldan Film Society - bringing the best in world cinema to West Wales for over 22 years. Full annual membership of Theatr


Mwldan’s Film Society is just £70, which entitles you to free entry to all 30 Film Society films and £1.70 discount off all standard 2D cinema screenings at Theatr Mwldan (please note this offer does not apply to live


broadcast screenings, 3D screenings or alternative content events). For less frequent attenders, the


Film Ticketsaver Card is also great value at only £25 per year, giving you the same £1.70 discount and free admission to three Theatr Mwldan Film Society screenings within a 12 month period. Contact the box office or visit www.mwldan.co.uk for further details.


THE HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 13 2017


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